Frank M. Clark
Frank Clark is the chairman and chief executive officer of ComEd, which provides service to approximately 3.8 million customers across Northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. Clark also serves on the ComEd board of directors. ComEd is the largest electric utility in Illinois and 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. Since joining ComEd in 1966, Clark rose steadily through the ranks, holding various positions in both corporate support and line functions. During his 42-year career at ComEd, he held key leadership positions at 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 services.
Clark serves as 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.
He serves on the board of trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum, DePaul University, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and University of Chicago Medical Center. Clark also is on the board of directors of Metropolitan Family Services, Illinois Manufacturers Association, Big Shoulders Fund, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and the executive committee of The Chicago Community Trust. 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 Commercial Club of Chicago, and the Executives’ Club of Chicago.
Clark serves on the board of directors for Waste Management, Inc., Harris Financial Corp. and Aetna Inc.
Honors and Awards
Clark received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Governors State University in 2005 and an honorary doctorate of law from DePaul University 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 2008, U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine named Clarkto its annual list of the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology. Clark also was ranked among the 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America by Fortune magazine in 2002.
Clark received his bachelor’s and law degrees from DePaul University.
He and his wife, Vera, have two sons, Frank III and Steve.