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John A. Canning Jr.

John A. Canning Jr.

Independent Director


Mr. John A. Canning, Jr., has been a director of Exelon since August 1, 2008.

Mr. Canning is the Chairman and co-founder of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), which specializes in management buyout and special equity investing. MDP has raised investment funds with more than $18 billion in limited partner commitments from over 400 endowments, pension funds and other sophisticated investors. MDP has made significant investments in the energy and power industry.

Prior to co-founding Madison Dearborn Partners, Mr. Canning spent 24 years with First Chicago Corporation, where he managed the bank’s venture investments.  Altogether he has 30 years of experience in private equity investing, including reviewing financial statements and audit results and making investment and acquisition decisions.  Mr. Canning is a former director and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, giving him insight into economic trends important to the business of Exelon.  Mr. Canning also serves on the board of Corning, Inc., a specialty glass and ceramics producer.  He is also a Commissioner of the Irish Pension Reserve Fund. Mr. Canning has also served on the board of directors of Jefferson Smurfit Group plc and on the audit committees of several charitable organizations, including the Irish Pension Reserve Fund.

In addition to his business experience, he also has a law degree. Mr. Canning is a recognized leader in the Chicago business community with knowledge of the economy of the Midwestern United States and the northern Illinois communities that Exelon serves.  Mr. Canning’s business experience and service on the boards of other companies and organizations enable him to contribute to the work of the Exelon board. Mr. Canning’s experience in banking and in managing investments, and his experience on the audit committees of other organizations, make him a valued member of the compensation and leadership development, and corporate governance committees.

John A. Canning, Jr.