NRG Energy

Corporate Governance - Committee Composition

Below is a summary of our committee structure and membership information. To read more about any of the committees, click on committee names in the chart below.
Chairperson Chairperson Committee Member Member
Chairman of the Board Chairman of the Board Vice Chair Vice Chairman of the Board
 Compensation CommitteeGovernance & Nominating CommitteeFinance and Risk Management CommitteeNuclear Oversight CommitteeAudit CommitteeNuclear Oversight Subcommittee
E. Spencer Abraham 
E. Spencer Abraham

E. Spencer Abraham has been a director of NRG since December 2012. Previously, he served as a director of GenOn Energy, Inc. from January 2012 to December 2012. He is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Abraham Group, an international strategic consulting firm based in Washington, D.C which he founded in 2005. Prior to that, Secretary Abraham served as Secretary of Energy under President George W. Bush from 2001 through January 2005 and was a U.S. Senator for the State of Michig... 
Committee Member    Committee Member   Committee Member
Kirbyjon H. Caldwell 
Kirbyjon H. Caldwell

Kirbyjon H. Caldwell has been a director of NRG since March 2009. He was a director of Reliant Energy, Inc. from August 2003 to March 2009. Since 1982, he has served as Senior Pastor at the 16,000-member Windsor Village United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. Pastor Caldwell was also a director of United Continental Holdings, Inc. (formerly Continental Airlines, Inc.) from 1999 to September 2011.

As a result of his six years of service as a director of Reliant Ener... 

  Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member   
Lawrence S. Coben  Chairman of the Board
Lawrence S. Coben
Chairman of the Board


Lawrence S. Coben has served as Chairman of the Board of NRG since February 2017. He has been a director of NRG since December 2003. During his tenure on the NRG Board, he has served as the Chair of several of the Board’s committees. Over the last 13 years, he has acted as chairman and chief executive officer for various affiliates of Tremisis Energy Corporation LLC. He has served on the board of directors of SAESA (2008-2010), a Chilean utility, Prisma Energy (2003-2006), the pos... 
  Committee Member   Chairperson   
Terry G. Dallas 
Terry G. Dallas

Terry G. Dallas has been a director of NRG since December 2012. Previously, he served as a director of GenOn from December 2010 to December 2012.  Mr. Dallas served as a director of Mirant Corporation from 2006 until December 2010. Mr. Dallas was also the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Unocal Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company prior to its merger with Chevron Corporation, from 2000 to 2005. Prior to that, Mr. Dallas hel... 

    Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member
Mauricio Gutierrez 
Mauricio Gutierrez

Mauricio Gutierrez is President and CEO of NRG. Mauricio joined NRG in 2004 and helped build it from a regional wholesale generation business to a national, Fortune 200 diversified energy company. NRG is the nation's largest competitive power generator. The company is also a major competitive energy retailer that serves nearly 3 million recurring retail customers and is one of the country's largest owners and operators of renewable power facilities.

Prior to becoming President... 

    Committee Member   
William E. Hantke 
William E. Hantke
Chair, Audit Committee


William E. Hantke has been a director of NRG since March 2006. Mr. Hantke served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Premcor, Inc., a refining company, from February 2002 until December 2005. Mr. Hantke was Corporate Vice President of Development of Tosco Corporation, a refining and marketing company, from September 1999 until September 2001, and he also served as Corporate Controller from December 1993 until September 1999. Prior to that position, he was... 

Committee Member    Committee Member Chairperson  
Paul W. Hobby 
Paul W. Hobby
Chair, Nuclear Oversight Subcommittee


Paul W. Hobby has been a director of NRG since March 2006.  Mr. Hobby is founding Chairman of Genesis Park LP, a Houston-based private equity business specializing in technology and communications investments.  In that capacity, he served from 2004 - 2011 as the CEO of Alpheus Communications, L.P., a Texas wholesale telecommunications provider, and as Former Chairman of CapRock Services, Inc., the largest provider of satellite services to the global energy business.  He serves... 

   Committee Member Committee Member   Chairperson
Anne C. Schaumburg 
Anne C. Schaumburg

Anne C. Schaumburg has been a director of NRG since April 2005. From 1984 until her retirement in January 2002, she was Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston and a Senior Banker in the Global Energy Group. From 1979 to 1984, she was in the Utilities Group at Dean Witter Financial Services Group, where she last served as Managing Director. From 1971 to 1978, she was at The First Boston Corporation in the Public Utilities Group. Ms. Schaumburg is also a director of Broo... 

   Committee Member Committee Member Committee Member  
Evan J. Silverstein 
Evan J. Silverstein
Chair, Finance and Risk Management Committee


Evan J. Silverstein has been a director of NRG since December 2012. Previously, he served as a director of GenOn from August 2006 to December 2012. He served as General Partner and Portfolio Manager of SILCAP LLC, a market-neutral hedge fund that principally invests in utilities and energy companies, from January 1993 until his retirement in December 2005. Previously, he served as portfolio manager specializing in utilities and energy companies and as senior equity utility anal... 

  Committee Member Chairperson Committee Member   
Barry T. Smitherman 
Barry T. Smitherman

Barry T. Smitherman has served as a director of NRG since February 2017.  He is currently an energy industry consultant and senior advisor, as well as an adjunct professor of Energy Law at The University of Texas School of Law. Smitherman is a former partner in an international law firm, a former chairman of two Texas energy-related state agencies and a former managing director of an investment bank. He is the only person to ever serve on both the Public Utility Commission of ... 

    Committee Member   
Thomas H. Weidemeyer 
Thomas H. Weidemeyer
Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee


Thomas H. Weidemeyer has been a director of NRG since December 2003. Until his retirement in December 2003, Mr. Weidemeyer served as Director, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United Parcel Service, Inc., the world's largest transportation company and President of UPS Airlines. Mr. Weidemeyer became Manager of the Americas International Operation in 1989, and in that capacity directed the development of the UPS delivery network throughout Central and South A... 

  Chairperson Committee Member Committee Member   
C. John Wilder, Jr 
C. John Wilder, Jr

C. John Wilder has served as a director of NRG since February 2017.  He is the Executive Chairman and a member of Investment Committees of three investment vehicles: (i) Bluescape Resources Company; (ii) Parallel Resource Partners; (iii) and Bluescape Energy Partners. Wilder serves as chairman of the board and as a director on several portfolio companies. Wilder also serves as executive chairman and director of EXCO Resources (NYSE: XCO).

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   Committee Member Committee Member   
Walter R. Young 
Walter R. Young
Chair, Compensation Committee


Walter R. Young has been a director of NRG since December 2003. From May 1990 to June 2003, Mr. Young was Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Champion Enterprises, Inc., an assembler and manufacturer of manufactured homes. Mr. Young has held senior management positions with The Henley Group, The Budd Company and BFGoodrich.

Mr. Young brings a wide array of experience, expertise and points of view to the Board as a result of his service as a former chief ... 

Chairperson    Committee Member Committee Member