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 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. 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 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. 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.