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Chris M. Crane

President and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation

Finance & Risk Committee, Generation Oversight Committee, Investment Oversight Committee

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Crane is president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Headquartered in Chicago, Exelon does business in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Crane oversees a family of companies representing every stage of the energy value chain, including Exelon Generation, one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators, with more than 32,700 megawatts of owned capacity comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation fleets; Constellation, which provides energy products and services to approximately 2 million residential, public sector and business customers, including more than two-thirds of the Fortune 100; and Exelon’s six utilities, which deliver electricity and natural gas to approximately 10 million customers in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania through its Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco subsidiaries. 


Chris Crane at ONS Stavanger

On Aug. 31, Exelon CEO and President Chris Crane addressed industry thought leaders about the interplay between changing technology and the role of public policy in the drive to clean energy at the ONS Conference in Norway. Crane remarked that current public policy does not properly value nuclear generation for its zero-carbon, reliable energy production, which conflicts with U.S. goals for reducing carbon and other greenhouse-gas emissions. But by recognizing that nuclear plants are a valuable source of clean energy, the nation’s nuclear fleet can serve as a bridge to a sustainable future. ​​​


Chris Crane at CERAWeek

Exelon CEO Chris Crane spoke on the “North American Power CEO Dialogue” panel at CERAWeek, the annual international conference of energy industry leaders hosted by IHS Energy, on Feb. 25 in Austin, Texas. In the below interview with Larry Makovich, chief strategist at IHS, Crane discusses Exelon’s investments and advances in technology and renewable opportunities such as the smart readers used by the company’s utilities. Also at CERAWeek, Exelon announced its partnership with the Massachusetts ​Institute of Technology to research innovations to address climate change.

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Exelon Bell Ringing at the NYSEExelon Bell Ringing at the NYSE<p>​<span style="color:#606060;">​Exelon employees from across </span><span style="color:#606060;">the company, including utility</span><span style="color:#606060;"> </span><span style="color:#606060;">lineworkers, customer service representatives, power plant workers and more, are joining Exelon President and CEO Chris Crane to ring</span><span style="color:#606060;"> </span><span style="color:#606060;">The Opening Bell® at the New York</span><span style="color:#606060;"> </span><span style="color:#606060;">Stock Exchange to commemorate the company’s status as a Fortune 100 company.</span></p><p style="color:#606060;">Exelon was named to the Fortune 100 earlier this year based on 2015 revenue gains, following strong growth across its business and a commitment to investing in clean energy and next-generation energy grid technology.​</p> 4:00:00 AMNew York City, NY
Analyst DayAnalyst Day<p>​<span style="color:#606060;">Exelon Corporation will host</span><span style="color:#606060;"></span><span style="color:#606060;"> a live broadcast for this event </span><span style="color:#606060;">on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 8:45 a.m. Eastern. </span>​</p> 4:00:00 AMWebcast
Chris Crane at EEI Annual ConventionChris Crane at EEI Annual Convention<p><span style="color:#606060;">Exelon CEO and President Chris Crane will address the future of the energy industry at the Edison Electric Institute’s annual convention. Crane will discuss the revolutionary technology and tactics on the horizon for energy generation and electrical utilities as part of the convention’s “View from the Top” closing panel on Wednesday, June 15.​</span></p><p><span style="color:#606060;"></span><span style="color:#606060;">​More than 100 companies will attend the convention to examine topics such as distributed generation, energy storage, grid reliability, environmental policy and more.</span></p><div><br>​</div> 4:00:00 AMChicago, IL
Bloomberg New Energy Finance - Future of Energy SummitBloomberg New Energy Finance - Future of Energy Summit<p>​​Exelon CEO Chris Crane will serve on a chief executive panel that will discuss the evolution of U.S. power generation market reform, EPA’s Clean Power Plan and ancillary services. The conversation will focus on two questions: 1) What shifts are we seeing in wholesale market design and regulation? and (2) What are the implications for service provision and business strategy? </p><p>Since its inception in 2008, the Future of Energy Summit has featured a unique convergence of traditional players and advanced-energy leaders. It serves as a forum to discuss the critical energy issues of today and the next decade.​</p> 7:15:00 PMNew York, NY
Chris Crane at CERAWeek Chris Crane at CERAWeek <p>​​Exelon CEO Chris Crane will participate in the 2016 IHS Energy CERAWeek conference on “Energy Transition: Strategies for a New World” on February 25, 2016. Crane will speak on the “North American Power CEO Dialogue” panel. CERAWeek is an annual international gathering of energy industry leaders, experts, government officials and policymakers, leaders from the technology, financial, and industrial communities – and energy technology innovators. ​​</p> 5:00:00 AMHouston, TX
Remarks to the Illinois Manufacturers' AssociationRemarks to the Illinois Manufacturers' Association<p>​<span style="color:#606060;">​</span><span style="color:#606060;">In a keynote speech, Exelon President & CEO, Chris Crane, discusses how Illinois' competitive market is delivering exceptional benefits to manufacturers and customers. He also discusses his views on how to best ensure a clean energy future for the long-term.</span>​</p> 5:00:00 AMChicago, IL



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Professional History

Crane previously served as president and chief operating officer of Exelon Corporation. In that role, he oversaw one of the U.S. industry’s largest portfolios of electric generating capacity, with a multi-regional reach and the nation’s largest fleet of nuclear power plants. He directed a broad range of business including major acquisitions, transmission strategy, cost management initiatives, oversight of major capital programs, generation asset optimization and generation development.

Crane has worked in the nuclear industry in progressively more responsible positions for over 30 years. He joined Exelon (then ComEd) in 1998, and was named chief nuclear officer in 2004. He was a key player in the dramatic turnaround of ComEd nuclear performance, and the development of Exelon’s proprietary Nuclear Management Model, a codification of industry-leading operational, safety, management, regulatory, workforce and financial practices. The model is the key to Exelon Nuclear’s sustained excellence in production, cost and overall effectiveness.

Crane assumed responsibility for Exelon’s fossil, hydro and renewables facilities, in addition to the nuclear fleet, in 2007. He oversaw a broad range of generation and business development initiatives, including new nuclear development, nuclear operating services, development of the nation’s largest urban solar project, innovative decommissioning strategies and asset optimization. He was instrumental in establishing corporate citizenship and public outreach as a plant priority.

Crane was named president of Exelon Generation in 2008, with added responsibility for Power Team, Exelon’s former wholesale power trading and competitive retail organization (now part of Constellation). 

Prior to joining Exelon, Crane served as Browns Ferry site vice president for Tennessee Valley Authority, and worked in new plant start-up at the Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant in Texas and Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station in Arizona.

Industry Leadership

Crane is an acknowledged leader in the electric utility and nuclear industries. He is a vice chairman of the Edison Electric Institute and chairman of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations, the industry organization promoting the highest levels of safety and reliability in nuclear plant operation. He is an executive committee member and immediate past chairman of the Nuclear Energy Institute, the nation’s nuclear industry trade association, where he has also served as chairman of the New Plant Oversight Committee and as a member of the Nuclear Strategic Issues Advisory Committee, the Nuclear Fuel Supply Committee and the Materials Initiative Group. He also is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Club of Washington, D.C., Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry, Get-In Chicago, and the board of directors of AEGIS Insurance Services.​



Crane studied at New Hampshire Technical College, and attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He previously held a senior reactor operator certification.​​