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Nicholas DeBenedictis

Nicholas DeBenedictis

Independent Director


Mr. Nicholas DeBenedictis has been a director of Exelon since April 23, 2002.

Mr. DeBenedictis has served as the Chairman (since 1993) of Aqua America Inc., a water utility with operations in 10 states. He also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Aqua America from 1992 through 2015. Aqua America is the second largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water and wastewater company in the country.  As CEO, Mr. DeBenedictis has 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, as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Resources and as Director of the Office of Economic Development.  He also spent eight years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  Mr. DeBenedictis is vice president of The Pennsylvania Society, a non-profit charitable organization that celebrates service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and was President of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce for three years.

Mr. DeBenedictis has also served as a director of P.H. Glatfelter, Inc. (global supplier of specialty papers and engineered products) since 1995, where he currently serves as chairman of the finance committee and as a member of the compensation committee and formerly served as chair of the audit committee and as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. DeBenedictis served as a director of Met-Pro Corporation (global provider of solutions and products for product recovery, pollution control, and fluid handling applications) (1997-February 2010). While a director of Met-Pro, he served as presiding independent director, chair of the corporate governance and nominating committee and a member of the audit committee.

Mr. DeBenedictis has a master’s degree in environmental engineering and science.  As a leader in the greater Philadelphia business community, he has knowledge of the communities and local economies served by PECO. Mr. DeBenedictis’ contribution to the Exelon board is enhanced by his experience as the CEO of a public company, his experience on the boards of other companies, his experience as a utility executive, and his experience with environmental regulation, all of which bring useful perspectives to the Exelon board’s finance and risk and generation oversight committees. His experience as the presiding director and chair of the corporate governance committee of another public company offer additional insight to the functions of the Exelon corporate governance committee.

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

Nicholas DeBenedictis