Richard A. (Rick) Zapalac
Senior Vice President, Gas Operations
Rick has more than 40 years of utility experience with CenterPoint Energy and predecessor companies. He has been instrumental in executing the company’s gas operations business model, which includes successful rate strategies, increasing operational efficiencies, the deployment of technology and a robust capital program focused on system moderation, reliability and safety.
In 2010, Rick was promoted to senior vice president of Gas Operations, with financial and operational responsibility for the natural gas distribution system serving approximately 3.5 million customers in six states, as well as Engineering and Gas Supply. In 2006, he was named regional vice president over Gas Operations in Texas. Rick joined the company’s Gas Operations in 2000 as vice president of the South Texas Division. He began his career with Houston Lighting and Power Co. in 1977 and over 23 years with the electric utility, Rick took on positions of increasing responsibility.
Rick earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Stephen F. Austin State University.