John W. Somerhalder II was named Interim President and Chief Executive Officer in February 2020. He has been member of the CenterPoint Energy Board of Directors since 2016.
John served as Interim President and CEO of Colonial Pipeline from February 2017 until October 2017. Colonial Pipeline is the largest refined products pipeline in the US, transporting more than 100 million gallons of fuel daily from Houston, Texas to the New York Harbor. John was named president and chief executive officer of AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) in March 2006 and was named chairman of the company’s board of directors in November 2007. He retired from AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations, on December 31, 2015.
John joined AGL Resources from El Paso Corporation, where he spent almost 30 years, rising through the ranks from engineer to president of El Paso Pipeline Group and executive vice president of El Paso Corporation.
He served on the board of directors of the American Gas Association, which he chaired in 2011. He also served on the boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. He has served as past chairman of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America. He currently serves as a director of CenterPoint Energy, Crestwood Equity Partners, Piedmont Healthcare and the Gas Technology Institute.
John is chairman of the board of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., which is leading the development of the Atlanta BeltLine along 22 miles of historic railroad around the city. A past member of the board of the United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, he successfully chaired the 2009 United Way Campaign for metro Atlanta during difficult economic times and served a second term as chair of the 2010 campaign.
John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Arizona.
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CenterPoint Energy is a Fortune 500 electric and natural gas utility serving several markets in the U.S. states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. It was formerly known as Reliant Energy (from which it is now separated), NorAm Energy, Houston Industries, and HLP. The company is headquartered in the CenterPoint Energy Tower at 1111 Louisiana Street in Downtown Houston. Some of its notable subscribers include Retail Electric Providers (REPs), such as Reliant Energy, Champion Energy, Dynowatt, Ambit Energy, Texas Power, Bounce Energy, MXenergy, Direct Energy, Stream Energy, First Texas Energy Corporation, Gexa Energy Cirro Energy, and Kona Energy.