Elizabeth Killinger

  • External Event Speaker

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth Killinger has more than 30 years of domestic and international experience in the energy and services industries. 

Elizabeth spent the first decade of her career with a Big 4 Accounting firm serving oilfield services, software development and management consulting industries. She started her NRG career at Reliant by serving for two years as a consultant, helping launch the company's wholesale and retail businesses for electricity deregulation in Texas.

During the second decade of her career, she ran the operations and customer fulfillment organizations.  Her responsibilities increased each year as she and her team created a cost-effective and reliable platform upon which the business could transform and grow. 

During the third decade of her career, Elizabeth became president and launched a growth strategy to win the Era of Personal Power.  She and her team grew the business from $500 million in earnings to $1.5 billion in earnings, andincreased customer base from 2 million to 6 million. NRG’s Home business segment now generates $10 billion in revenues, includes the largest national competitive residential electricity business, and the second largest competitive residential natural gas business in the U.S.  Having played a key role in the company's transition to competitive electricity markets with customer experience at its core, Elizabeth’s vision led NRG to introduce new products that push the energy industry into the future and deepen customer relationships by providing consumers with insights, choices, and convenient ways to power their lives at home, at work and on the go.  Shewill be retiring from NRG in January of 2025 after serving the company for 25 years.

Elizabeth currently serves on the Audit Committee and the Governance and Nominating Committee of the Board of Directors at Helmerich & Payne, Inc., which was founded in 1920 and is the most trusted partner in drilling productivity and reliability. She also chairs the HR Committee and serves on the Executive and Audit Committees of the Board of Directors of TDECU, the largest credit union in Houston and the third largest in Texas. In February 2024, she was appointed to serve on the Texas Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, helping support and showcase Texas as a thriving state for business. 

Deeply committed to making a difference for future generations, Elizabeth assists many impactful organizations. She serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Greater Houston Partnership, Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas, and Hope Media Group. In addition, she serves on the Energy Advisory Board at the University of Houston. Elizabeth served as Chair for the nation's largest 2014 March for Babies Campaign, and Chair for the 2015 American Heart Association's Heart Walk. And, in 2017, she was honored to serve on the Super Bowl LI Houston Host Committee as Volunteer Chair.

Elizabeth attended Houston Baptist University and earned her bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems with honors from the Bauer School of Business at the University of Houston. She is also a homemaker, passionate about her role as wife and mother (and soon, grandmother), and enjoys spending time with her church and family.