Christopher M. Crane
President and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation
Crane is president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation, the nation’s number one competitive energy provider. He oversees a family of companies representing every stage of the energy value chain, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned generating capacity and 7.8 million electric and natural gas customers in Illinois, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
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 has directed 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 wholesale power trading and competitive retail organization.
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.
Crane is an acknowledged leader in the electric utility and nuclear industries. He is a vice chairman of the Edison Electric Institute and vice 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 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 governors of the World Association of Nuclear Operators.
Crane studied at New Hampshire Technical College, and attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He previously held a senior reactor operator certification.