Tanuja Dehne is a public company director and former C-level executive of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 power company. Tanuja brings perspective and experience from her cross-disciplinary roles to the C-suite and board room. She is a purpose-driven leader, cultivator of talent and proven strategist. She is an award winning corporate attorney, human resources professional and community volunteer who thrives when making a positive difference in the lives of others.
During her tenure at NRG Energy, Inc., Tanuja had increasingly expansive roles: initially the company’s securities and finance lawyer, then Corporate Secretary and lead M&A attorney, before becoming the head of Human Resources. Ultimately, in her role as EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief of Staff, she oversaw the company’s Human Resources, Information Technology, Communications, Marketing and Sustainability departments, the company’s charitable giving program, M&A integrations, as well as the construction of NRG’s sustainable corporate headquarters in Princeton, New Jersey. Tanuja also served as a sponsor, coach and “internal angel investor” of interdisciplinary innovation teams, including the team that created the “Path to Luma,” an environmentally conscious puzzle game launched in August 2015 with record breaking downloads in the Apple and Google stores.
Tanuja is a frequent speaker on topics including leadership, corporate governance and the intersection of the law and human resources. In 2017, she authored an article on board culture and composition in The Legal Intelligencer entitled Creating Long-Term Value by Changing the Supply and Demand, and most recently co-authored an article entitled CEO Succession and Crisis Management in The Review of Securities & Commodities Regulation. Tanuja was recognized in 2017 as a Director to Watch by Directors & Boards and is an NACD Board Leadership Fellow. She was recently featured in Women on the Move: Navigating to the Boardroom as part of the 2017 Women in Leadership Report published by The Forum of Executive Women. In 2013, she was named an honoree at the YWCA Tribute to Women Awards, and in 2011, Tanuja was also recognized as one of the “Best 50 Women in Business” by NJ BIZ.
Tanuja is a member of the Board of Directors of publicly traded Granite Point Mortgage Trust Inc. (NYSE: GPMT) where she serves as the Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, and Advanced Disposal Services (NYSE: ADSW) where she serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee. Tanuja also served on the Board of Directors of Silver Bay Realty Trust Corp. (NYSE: SBY) from 2012-2017. Tanuja is an active member of her community, serving on the Boards of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, HomeFront of New Jersey, and Sustainable Jersey, and as Board Vice President of Young Audiences New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. from Lafayette College, Master’s in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania, and Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law.