How to Lead a Digital Transformation in the Energy Sector: A Conversation with Kim Hales, SVP of IT at NRG Energy (Part Two)

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Saurajit wraps up his talk with Kim Hales, the Senior Vice President of Information Technology for NRG Energy, one of the largest energy providers in North America. Kim is a creative leader who oversees all aspects of information technology, cyber security, and digital development for NRG. He shares how he is leading the company’s digital transformation and how he leverages data analytics and artificial intelligence to create innovative and sustainable energy solutions for homes, businesses, and communities. This is a must-listen episode for anyone interested in the future of energy and technology. Tune in now and learn from Kim’s experience and vision. And don’t forget to subscribe to Demystifying IT for more episodes where we explore the latest trends and innovations in the IT world.

About Kim Hales: As Senior Vice President, Information Technology for NRG Energy, Kim is leading NRG’s digital transformation by overseeing all aspects of information technology, cyber security, and digital development for the company. Kim has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology with a breadth of roles including cyber security (including Critical Infrastructure Protection), strategic planning, new business development, M&A program management, program management, project management, services management, finance, compliance, application development, quality assurance, and infrastructure systems engineer.

Kim has led several merger and acquisition integrations and special projects for NRG where he partnered with senior leadership across the company’s business and functional units to achieve our strategic goals. Kim continues this partnership with NRG leadership to advance our digital transformation through the development of our data analytics platform, enhancement of our robotic process automation, and agile delivery of our customer’s digital experiences.
Prior to this role, Kim served as Vice President, of IT for NRG’s former renewables division. In this role, Kim formed and led NRG’s renewables information technology team. The team developed novel strategic data acquisition, business intelligence, and competitively differentiating data analytics platforms. Kim previously served as a systems consultant in the power industry for 5 years (including 3 with Reliant Energy), focusing on energy trading, risk management, and support systems. Kim joined Reliant Energy in 2004 and continued with RRI Energy and GenOn en route to NRG. His experience includes information technology strategy, technical architecture, program and project management, Agile development, process design utilizing ITIL and COBIT, and application and operations management.