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Mauricio Gutierrez      

Chief Executive Officer at NRG Energy

Mauricio Gutierrez is President and CEO of NRG Energy, America’s premier competitive power company. He joined NRG in 2004 and helped build it from a regional wholesale generation business into a national, Fortune 500 energy company. Previously he held the positions of Chief Operating Officer for five years and Executive Vice President of commercial operations overseeing all commodities trading. He has held several senior positions at energy merchant Dynegy and consulting firm DTP in Mexico City.

Gutierrez is leading the company’s transformation to a customer-focused organization that empowers consumers with personalized energy choices. As CEO, he rightsized business operations through aggressive costs reductions and a $3.2 billion divestiture program, reduced corporate debt by 80% and increased the dividend by 10x. he has also overseen a 30% growth in retail customers as the company continues to advance its consumer strategy.

Under his tenure, NRG implemented a comprehensive sustainability framework into the business strategy through best-in-class governance and transparency. NRG was the first power Company to report under the Sustainability Standards Accounting Board (SASB) requirements in 2016. It was also one of the first to have Science Based carbon reductions targets and in 2019, the company accelerated its carbon reduction goals to align with the 1.5 degree Celsius scenario and achieve net zero by 2050. NRG has been recognized as one of the best places to work and best employers for diversity by Forbes.

Gutierrez is a member of the Business Roundtable and serves on the boards of NRG Energy, Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA), Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP) and Drexel University. He holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Universidad Panamericana and two master's degrees - one in mineral economics from the Colorado School of Mines and one in petroleum economics from the French Petroleum Institute.

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