David is currently the CEO at Climate Real Impact Solutions, a family of climate/sustainability-focused special purpose acquisition corporations. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of The Saudi Electricity Company, the national electricity company of Saudi Arabia, and JERA, a power generation joint venture between Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric. David is a leading business voice in the field of sustainability, clean energy and climate change. He serves on the not-for-profit Boards of Elemental Excelerator, Climate Group NA, as well as being a B Team Leader, where he chairs the B Team’s Net Zero Initiative.
Previously, David was CEO of NRG. During his 12-year tenure, he took NRG from chapter 11, to a Fortune 200 company. David pioneered the yieldco asset class with the IPO of NRG Yield in July 2013. David also led NRG to the forefront of next-generation clean energy development through large scale initiatives in utility scale renewables (now Clearway), residential solar, post combustion carbon capture (Petra Nova) and DC fast charging (EVGO). Prior to NRG, David was CEO of International Power Plc, a UK-domiciled FTSE-100 company.
During David’s tenure, NRG won numerous industry, community, and environmental awards, including multiple "transaction of the year" awards. David was named Energy Industry “CEO of the Year” by EnergyBiz in 2010, top CEO in the electric utility sector by Institutional Investor in 2011 and “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young in 2010. David was also awarded the Corporate Environmental Leadership award by GlobalGreen in 2014 and the Equinox Solar Champion Award and The C.K. Prahalad Award for Global Sustainability Business Leadership, both in 2015. NRG, under David’s leadership, was a key member of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) from 2008 to 2011.
Through his public advocacy and his writings, including his seminal 2014 Letter to Shareholders, David has set forth the case for the leading role to be played by the private sector and transformational capitalism more generally in combating climate change, which he calls the "moral imperative of our time”.
David is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1984) and Princeton University (1981).