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Bridge Award Profiles: John W. Rowe
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2015 Richard A. Gonzalez

2014 Jonas Prising 

2012 William C. Weldon

2010 John T. Chambers
2009 Michael E. Szymanczyk
2008 Indra K. Nooyi
2007 Ronald A. Williams
2006 H. Lee Scott, Jr.
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2015 Jim Skogsbergh

2014 Robert L. Parkinson, Jr. 

2013 Don Thompson

2012 Gregory D. Wasson

2011 Patricia Hemingway Hall

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2007 Robert W. Lane

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2005 John W. Rowe


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2006 John W. Rogers, Jr.

2004 Roel C. Campos

"My own life has been enriched, my own perspective sharpened, by reaching out to those whose experiences are so very different from my own."


John W. Rowe
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer
Exelon Corporation

John W. Rowe is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Exelon Corporation - one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, with 5.2 million customers and revenues of more than $14 billion. Forbes ranked Exelon as the number one utility company on its 2005 list of “The Best Managed Companies in America” and ranked Exelon as the number one utility company in the United States on its 2004 list of “The World’s 2000 Leading Companies.”


Mr. Rowe has led electric utilities since 1984, consecutively serving as chief executive officer of Central Maine Power Company, the New England Electric System and Unicom Corporation (one of Exelon’s predecessors). He is a lawyer, and was general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation and a partner in the firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale. Mr. Rowe’s business activities have been marked by his attention to balance sheet strength, earnings consistency, service reliability and environmental performance.

Mr. Rowe has been an integral part of Exelon’s vision and commitment to diversity. Under his leadership, Exelon’s diversity policies have become firmly anchored in its belief system that inclusion, respect and fair treatment contribute to increased productivity. The company implements multiple strategies focusing on workforce diversity, supplier diversity, civic and social commitment, and the areas of education and support. He has received El Valor Corporation’s Corporate Visionary Award and the Corporate Leadership Award from the Spanish Coalition for Jobs.

In addition to his role as chairman, president and CEO of Exelon, Mr. Rowe is a member of the boards of directors of Unum Provident Corporation, Sunoco and the Northern Trust. His civic and professional commitments emphasize historical education and diversity, and include serving as chairman of the Chicago Historical Society, chairman on the Mies van der Rohe Society and as a member of the boards of the Illinois Institute of Technology, the Chicago Urban League, the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Edison Electric Institute, the Chicago Club and the visiting committees of the Oriental Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Mr. Rowe holds a bachelor’s and a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin and its law school, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif and is the founder of the Rowe Professorship in Byzantine history.

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