David M. McClanahan is president and chief executive officer of CenterPoint Energy, Incorporated. Mr. McClanahan began his career in 1972 at Houston Lighting & Power Company (HL&P) and held a variety of positions at HL&P, Houston Industries (predecessor to CenterPoint Energy) and Reliant Energy. He was named president and chief operating officer of HL&P in 1997. In 1999, Mr. McClanahan became president and chief operating officer of all regulated operations for Reliant Energy and served as vice chairman of Reliant Energy. He held these positions until assuming his current role in 2002 when CenterPoint Energy was formed as an independent company.
McClanahan has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics with honors from the University of Texas and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Houston. He is also a certified public accountant.
He serves on the boards of directors of the American Gas Association (past chairman), the Edison Electric Institute, the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center (chairman), United Way of Greater Houston (past chairman), the Greater Houston Partnership (chairman-2013), the Center for Houston’s Future, University of Houston Energy Advisory Board and Central Houston (past chairman). He is past chairman of the boards of the University of St. Thomas and Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas.
McClanahan is a native of Victoria, Texas. He is married and has two daughters.