Ex­elon, PECO vet­eran is 2018 Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA) - - BUSINESS - By Fran Maye fmaye@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com

EAST MARL­BOR­OUGH >> De­nis O’Brien, a 36-year vet­eran of Ex­elon Corp. and PECO, was named 2018 Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year by the Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dus­try Thurs­day night.

O’Brien was hon­ored for his civic lead­er­ship in mak­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on the re­gion dur­ing the cham­ber’s an­nual din­ner at Long­wood Gar­dens, with more than 300 in at­ten­dance. “Ch­ester County is one of the fastest grow­ing coun­ties in Penn­syl­va­nia, and in or­der to meet that growth, we have in­vested hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars in ad­vanced en­ergy in­fra­struc­ture and im­prove­ments to bring elec­tric­ity and nat­u­ral gas to homes and busi­nesses,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien told the crowd that PECO re­al­izes that land con­ser­va­tion is im­por­tant to many peo­ple in Ch­ester County.

“Your want of open spa­ces has in­spired us to cre­ate a PECO green re­gion grant pro­gram, which has given over $1 mil­lion to pre­serve open space,” he said. “We are think­ing big, and we are think­ing big with you.”

PECO Green Re­gion has awarded $1.75 mil­lion to mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and non­profit or­ga­ni­za­tions since 2004. The to­tal pop­u­la­tion of com­mu­ni­ties re-

“Your want of open spa­ces has in­spired us to cre­ate a PECO green re­gion grant pro­gram, which has given over $1 mil­lion to pre­serve open space. We are think­ing big, and we are think­ing big with you.” — De­nis O’Brien, 2018 Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year

ceiv­ing grants is 3 mil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing 75 per­cent of the five-county re­gion’s res­i­dents.

These grants have sup­ported 230 open space pro­jects in Bucks, Ch­ester, Delaware, Mont­gomery, Philadel­phia and York coun­ties and have saved more than 400 acres of open space. Those grants have also sup­ported more than 100 up­grades to lo­cal parks and built or im­proved more than 14.5 miles of bik­ing and hik­ing trains.

O’Brien pre­vi­ously served as CEO of Ex­elon Util­i­ties, which pro­vides elec­tric­ity and nat­u­ral gas to about 22 mil­lion peo­ple across the Dis­trict of Columbia, Delaware, Illi­nois, Mary­land, New Jer­sey and Penn­syl­va­nia. To­gether, At­lantic City

Elec­tric, Bal­ti­more Gas & Elec­tric (BGE), Com­mon­wealth Edi­son Com­pany (ComEd), Del­marva, PECO and Pepco make up the na­tion’s largest elec­tric and nat­u­ral gas distri­bu­tion com­pany. O’Brien led ef­forts to re­al­ize the im­prove­ments

that Ex­elon’s util­i­ties have achieved.

Prior to his role as CEO of Ex­elon Util­i­ties, O’Brien served as ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of Ex­elon and CEO of Philadel­phia-based PECO, Penn­syl­va­nia’s largest elec­tric and nat­u­ral gas

util­ity, ad­vanc­ing PECO’s op­er­a­tions and re­li­a­bil­ity, cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion and fi­nan­cial per­for­mance.

He pre­vi­ously chaired the board of the Elec­tric Power Re­search In­sti­tute and served on the boards of the Amer­i­can Gas As­so­ci­a­tion, the Penn­syl­va­nia Econ­omy League, YMCA of Greater Philadel­phia, and

WHYY, Inc.

He was ap­pointed as pres­i­dent for PECO in 2003 and was named pres­i­dent and CEO in 2007. He has more than 30 years of util­ity ex­pe­ri­ence in en­gi­neer­ing, op­er­a­tions, strate­gic plan­ning and ex­ec­u­tive man­age­ment.

Un­der O’Brien’s lead­er­ship in the past few years, PECO has been rec­og­nized for lead­ing em­ployee safety, diver­sity, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­grams.

In ad­di­tion to his work with Ex­elon, O’Brien serves the com­mu­nity in var­i­ous busi­ness, civic, and phil­an­thropic roles, which in­clude board di­rec­tor for both In­de­pen­dence Blue Cross and the Franklin In­sti­tute, for­mer board chair for the Greater Philadel­phia Cham­ber of Com­merce, board trustee for Drexel Univer­sity, and mem­ber of the CEO Coun­cil for Growth.

O’Brien grad­u­ated from Rut­gers with a de­gree in in­dus­trial en­gi­neer­ing and ob­tained his MBA from Drexel Univer­sity. He re­sides in Haver­town with his wife Carolyn and their three chil­dren.

At the event, the cham­ber hon­ored state Rep. Harry Lewis of Coatesville as the 2018 Cit­i­zen of the Year.

FRAN MAYE — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

De­nis O’Brien, a 36-year vet­eran of PECO and Ex­elon Corp., speaks at the Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dus­try an­nual din­ner Thurs­day night at Long­wood Gar­dens.

FRAN MAYE — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

De­nis O’Brien, sec­ond from right, ac­cepts a ci­ta­tion from Ch­ester County com­mis­sion­ers Kathi Coz­zone, Michelle Kich­line and Ter­ence Far­rell after be­ing named 2018 Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year by the Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dus­try.

FRAN MAYE — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Hun­dreds of peo­ple at­tend the an­nual din­ner of the Ch­ester County Cham­ber of Busi­ness and In­dus­try at Long­wood Gar­dens Thurs­day night, De­nis O’Brien was named 2018 Ex­ec­u­tive of the Year.

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