The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) is pleased to announce that Denis P. O’Brien will serve as its Chairman beginning in October 2014. A utility executive with more than 25 years of experience, Mr. O’Brien serves as senior executive vice president of Exelon Corporation and CEO of Exelon Utilities. In this role, he oversees the utility businesses of Exelon: Baltimore Gas & Electric (BGE), Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) and Philadelphia-based PECO, Pennsylvania’s largest electric and natural gas utility.
GPCC’s current Chairman, Dan Fitzpatrick, Mid-Atlantic Regional Executive of RBS Citizens, praised Mr. O’Brien’s current work within the Greater Philadelphia region, “Denis is a leader in the Greater Philadelphia civic community and is actively engaged in efforts to enhance our business climate. His outstanding experience advancing regional economic development makes him an ideal individual to lead this dynamic organization.”
GPCC President and CEO, Rob Wonderling said, “The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce is honored to have someone with Denis’ intelligence and energy serve as chairman.”
O’Brien previously served as executive vice president of Exelon and CEO of PECO. In that role, he was responsible for leadership of PECO’s operations and overall performance associated with service reliability, customer satisfaction, financial management, and regulatory and external affairs.
O’Brien civic involvement is extensive. He serves on the board of Independence Blue Cross and as vice chair of the board of directors of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). His other civic and industry board appointments include the American Gas Association (AGA), the Pennsylvania Business Council, The Franklin Institute, and the Drexel University board of trustees. He also has previously served on the board of directors for the Energy Association of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Economy League, YMCA of Greater Philadelphia and WHYY, Inc.
“I am honored to be the next chairman of this important organization. Its mission promoting economic growth and a competitive business climate is vital to the success of the region. I am truly thrilled to play a role in advancing this important effort,” said O’Brien.
O’Brien serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce as well as the Chamber’s CEO Council for Growth (CEO Council). The CEO Council is a group of key business and civic executives committed to the growth and prosperity of the 11-county region through its work on high impact initiatives designed to stimulate jobs and new business opportunities.
O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Rutgers University and earned a master’s degree in business from Drexel University. He and his wife Carolyn, have three children.