Frank M. Clark

Born: c. 1946

Occupation: businessman, lawyer;

Position: Chairman and CEO (retired);

Company: Commonwealth Edison;

Industry: Utilities;

Residence: United States;

Nationality: American;

Frank M. Clark, is the  Chairman and CEO (retired) of Commonwealth Edison, from 2005 to 2012. Commonwealth Edison was the largest electric utility in Illinois and a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation. During his 46-year career (1966 to 2012) at Commonwealth Edison, Mr. Clark 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, labour relations and distribution services.

Personal Attributes and Interests

  • Mr. Clark and his wife, Vera, have two sons, Frank III and Steve.

Work Experience

  • President, Chicago Board of Education
  • Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Edison
  • President, Commonwealth Edison,
  • Executive Vice President and chief of staff of Exelon 

Board and Advisor Roles

  • Board of Directors,  for Waste Management, Inc.
  • Board of Directors, Harris Financial Corporation 
  • Board of Directors, Aetna Inc.
  • Former Chairman of the Board of Directors for BMO Financial Corporation


  • Clark received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Governors State University in 2005
  • Honorary doctorate of law from DePaul University in 2004 
  • National Conference for Community and Justice, National Humanitarian Award
  • Rich Township Business Association, Man of the Year Award
  • from the and 
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary of Loyola University, Rerum Novarum Award
  • In 2002, he was a recipient of the prestigious HistoryMakers Award
  • U.S. Black Engineer & Information Technology Magazine, 2008, 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology
  • Fortune magazine, 2002, 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in America

Philanthropy, Community Service and Memberships

  • Member of the RAND Advisory Board.
  • 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.
  • Board of Trustees, Museum of Science and Industry
  • Life Trustee and past Board Chair of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum
  • Board Member, DePaul University
  • Board Member, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
  • Board Member, University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Metropolitan Family Services
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Jane Addams Hull House
  • Board of Directors, Illinois Manufacturers Association
  • Board Member, Big Shoulders Fund
  • Board Member, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago
  • Board Member, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation 
  • Member Executive Committee of The Chicago Community Trust
  • Member of the governing board of the Illinois Council on Economic Education
  • Member, the Chicago Bar Association, 
  • Member, the Economic Club of Chicago, 
  • Member, The Commercial Club of Chicago, 
  • Member, the Executives Club of Chicago.


Mr. Clark earned his Bachelor's and Law degrees from DePaul University.

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