Donna Benefield

Donna Benefield
Chief Program Officer, NRG Transformation

Donna is the Chief Program Officer for NRG and is responsible for leading and implementing the company's transformation plan as announced in July 2017. Donna has more than 25 years of project and program management experience in both Information Technology (IT) and business leadership roles.

Prior to this role, Donna served as Senior Vice President, Information Technology, where she led IT as well as the mergers and acquisitions integration and Big Data programs at NRG. In these roles, Donna partnered across the NRG businesses to design and implement business enabling technologies, define new business technology solutions, and manage production system operations.

Donna previously served as a consultant with Accenture for eight years and Maryville Technologies for three years. Her experience includes information technology strategy, technical architecture, program and project management, Lean Six Sigma, process design utilizing ITIL, COBIT and CMM, and applications & operations management.

Donna has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Computer Science from Milwaukee School of Engineering, and is PMP (Project Management Professional) certified. Donna was recognized by the Association for Women in Computing with a Leadership in Technology award and in 2016 with the Innovation in Technology Award. She serves on the Investment Committee for NRG, is a life member of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and is a Girl Scout Leader in the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Pearland region.

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