Kenneth M. Mercado
Senior Vice President of Electric Operations, Technology Operations and Chief Integration Officer
A more than 34-year veteran of CenterPoint Energy and predecessor companies, Kenneth (Kenny) is the company’s senior vice president of Electric Operations, Technology Operations and chief integration officer. In this role, he is responsible for leading electric transmission, distribution, electric engineering and power delivery solutions in the greater Houston area, as well as Corporate Safety and Technical Training. Kenny also oversees Customer & Business Technology, Infrastructure and Competitive Services, Operational Technology and Markets groups in the Technology Operations organization. In addition, he continues to lead CenterPoint Energy and Vectren Corporation’s integration implementation into one company: CenterPoint Energy. This includes process improvement, change leadership, the technology integration management office, and strategic sourcing and purchasing.
Prior to this role, Kenny was CenterPoint Energy’s integration co-lead with Vectren. Before that, he had financial and operational responsibility of the company’s electric utility, which consists of a 5,000 square-mile service territory and power delivery to homes and businesses in the Houston metropolitan area. He also led the deployment of the company’s smart grid system, which includes the installation of smart meters and intelligent grid technology.
Kenny is currently president of the Southeast Electrical Exchange board of directors. He serves on the boards of Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), Research Advisory Council at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Advisory Board at Texas A&M Smart Grid Coalition and the Engineering Leadership Board at the University of Houston. He is also former chair of March of Dimes in Houston and prior board member of the Greater Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross.
He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Houston. He also received an Executive Master of Business Administration (EMBA) degree from Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Kenny is a registered engineer in the State of Texas.