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Carol R. Helliker

CenterPoint Energy, Inc.
Senior VP, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Houston, TX, USA

Carol Helliker is the Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at CenterPoint Energy, Inc. As a 24 year veteran in the practice of law, Carol has dedicated the last 19 years of her career to CenterPoint Energy and its predecessor companies. Previously, she spent five years working in the litigation department for the Baker Botts law firm primarily representing clients on employment law and union issues at the state and federal level.

At CenterPoint Energy, Carol oversees litigation, ethics and compliance, claims and corporate records management and information. As part of her duties as Deputy General Counsel, Carol manages a team of lawyers who handle corporate litigation. She also oversees employees in the claims department and supervises preventive law training sessions for employees. She established CenterPoint Energy's Ethical Concerns Helpline in 2003; the helpline gives employees an avenue to express ethical compliance concerns anonymously. She was also instrumental in implementing CenterPoint Energy's Ethics and Compliance program, which includes reporting quarterly to CenterPoint Energy's Audit Committee of the Board of Directors and annually to the Board of Directors.

Carol attended the University of Texas at Austin for eight years, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Plan II. She also participated in a joint degree program where she received a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas law school.

In 2007, Carol received CenterPoint Energy's Minority Women Business Enterprise sponsor award. She is currently participating in the Leadership Houston Class XXIX, which aims to educate, energize and activate civic leaders. For four consecutive years from 2004 to 2008, Carol was recognized as a Texas Super Lawyer. She has been named a finalist for the Houston Business Journal's Best Associate General Counsel award in 2005 and 2006 and she also was nominated as a finalist for the Texas General Counsel Forum's Stella Magna award for diversity in 2008. Recently, Carol was chosen as one of the 50 most influential women in Houston in 2009 by Houston Woman magazine. Carol is a member of the Texas, Houston and American Bar Associations, the National Association of Professional Women, Texas General Counsel Forum, the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association and is a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation. She is a member of the Houston Affiliate Susan G. Komen Governance Committee and serves on the Board of Career & Recovery Resources, Inc., a non-profit United Way agency.

Through the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program and Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Carol provides pro bono legal services to impoverished clients, which includes participating in Legalines, Habitat for Humanity and spending time volunteering at the Veteran's Clinic. Carol also believes strongly in the importance of education, so she volunteers at area schools.

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