MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- CenterPoint Energy (NYSE: CNP) has named Brad Tutunjian vice president of CenterPoint Energy's Gas Operations in Minnesota. In this role, Tutunjian will be responsible for the state's largest natural gas distribution utility, which serves over 835,000 customers in 260 communities, and the company's unregulated business, Home Service Plus (HSP).
"I'm excited to return to my Minnesotan roots," said Brad Tutunjian, vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. "I look forward to working alongside this team of Minnesota employees, who are proud to live, work and volunteer in the communities that we serve every day, and have a proven track record of providing safe and reliable natural gas services for over 145 years."
A native of Minnesota, Tutunjian began his career with the company in 1998 and has held various leadership positions in Electric and Natural Gas Operations. He most recently served as vice president of Gas Operations for the company's natural gas distribution systems in Louisiana and Mississippi.
He has held numerous leadership positions in construction, operations and maintenance, customer and energy marketing services, as well as serving on the board for the American Red Cross, Goodwill Industries and Chairman of the Board for Utilization Technology Development. Tutunjian was also a CenterPoint Energy keynote speaker for various industry associations, such as the American School of Gas Measurement and the Southern Gas Association where he discussed his key roles in both electric and natural gas emergency restoration efforts during hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Rita, Katrina and Humberto. Tutunjian, a licensed professional engineer, holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University.
Tutunjian replaced Joe Vortherms, who has moved to CenterPoint Energy's headquarters in Houston to lead the company's non-regulated natural gas sales and services business.
CenterPoint Energy, Inc., headquartered in Houston, Texas, is a domestic energy delivery company that includes electric transmission & distribution, natural gas distribution and energy services operations. The company serves more than five million metered customers primarily in Arkansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas. The company also owns a 55.4 percent limited partner interest in Enable Midstream Partners, a publicly traded master limited partnership it jointly controls with OGE Energy Corp., which owns, operates and develops natural gas and crude oil infrastructure assets. With more than 7,400 employees, CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies have been in business for more than 140 years. The utility also operates a non-regulated business in Minnesota called Home Service Plus®. For more information, visit the website at CenterPointEnergy.com.
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