Frank Clark, 62, chairman and chief executive officer, ComEd, is responsible for implementing the strategic, regulatory, and legislative goals of the company, which provides electric service delivery to approximately 3.8 million customers throughout northern Illinois. ComEd is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation.
Prior to his appointment as chairman and chief executive officer of ComEd, Clark served as president of ComEd, responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, and executive vice president and chief of staff of Exelon. During his 40-year career at ComEd, he has also served in several key leadership positions, responsible for a number of business-critical functions across the company, including: customer service operations; marketing and sales; regulatory, governmental and community affairs; information technology; communications; human resources; labor relations; and distribution support services. Since joining ComEd in 1966, Clark rose steadily through the ranks, holding various positions in both corporate policy, support and line functions.
Clark led the development of the African-American Legacy Fund, a $3 million endowment in partnership with The Chicago Community Trust to broaden education, the arts and community development to meet the changing needs of the community. He serves on the Executive Committee of The Chicago Community Trust. Clark is also co-chairman of the DuSable Capital Campaign, a $24 million initiative to expand the DuSable Museum, the nation’s first museum devoted to African-American arts and culture. In addition, Clark was instrumental in revitalizing the Harold Washington Cultural Center on Chicago’s south side, which features the ComEd Theater, a 1,000-seat performing arts hall.
Clark serves as the chairman of the board of trustees of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum. He also serves on the board of trustees of DePaul University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The University of Chicago Hospitals & Health System, and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Clark is chairman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Family Services. He supports several organizations’ development efforts as a member of the board of directors of the Governors State University Foundation, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Big Shoulders Fund and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
Clark sits on the governing board of the Illinois Council on Economic Education and is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, The Economic Club of Chicago, The Executive Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, and The Executives’ Club of Chicago.
Clark serves on the boards of directors for Waste Management, Inc., Aetna Inc., and Harris Financial Corporation.
Clark received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Governors State University in 2005 and a Doctor of Laws from DePaul University’s College of Law in 2004. Among the numerous awards he has received are the National Humanitarian Award from the National Conference for Community and Justice, the Man of the Year Award from the Rich Township Business Association and the Rerum Novarum Award, bestowed by St. Joseph’s Seminary of Loyola University. In 2002, he was a recipient of the prestigious HistoryMakers Award.
In 2002, Clark was ranked among the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America by Fortune magazine.
Clark received his bachelor’s and law degrees from DePaul University.
Clark and his wife, Vera, have two sons, Frank III and Steve.