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Nicholas   DeBenedictis

Independent Director since 2002

​​​As a leader in the greater Philadelphia business community, Mr. DeBenedictis has deep knowledge of the communities and local economies served by PECO. Mr. DeBenedictis’ experiences as former CEO of a public company, service on other company boards, former utility executive, familiarity and experience with environmental regulations, and his educational background in environmental engineering and science, all provide valuable perspectives to Exelon’s Board, Finance and Risk, Generation Oversight, and Corporate Governance Committees.

Professional History & Board Service

Mr. DeBenedictis currently serves as Chairman Emeritus of Aqua America Inc. (water utility operating in eight states) and served as its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 1993 to 2015. As CEO of Aqua America, Mr. DeBenedictis gained experience in dealing with many of the same development, land use, and utility regulatory issues that affect Exelon and its subsidiaries. Mr. DeBenedictis also has extensive experience in environmental regulation and economic development, having served in two cabinet positions in the Pennsylvania government: Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and Director of the Office of Economic Development. He also spent eight years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for three years.

In addition to serving as Chairman Emeritus of Aqua America, Mr. DeBenedictis has served as a director of MISTRAS Group (asset protection solutions) since 2015 and as a director of P.H. Glatfelter, Inc. (global supplier of specialty papers and engineered products) since 1995. Previously, Mr. DeBenedictis served as a director of Met-Pro Corporation from 1997 to 2010.

Mr. DeBenedictis also serves on the boards of Commonwealth Edison Company and PECO Energy Company, which are Exelon subsidiaries.

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