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IECON 2024, Chicago, IL
November 3-6, 2024

David R. Perez

Executive Vice President & COO, ComEd, USA


As executive vice president and chief operating officer, Perez is responsible for leading ComEd’s overall performance in the areas of service reliability, operations, engineering, construction, safety, financial management and smart grid development, including the implementation of one of the nation’s first utility-operated microgrid clusters in Chicago. A unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corp., ComEd delivers electricity to more than 4 million residential and business customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state’s population. Prior to his current role, Perez oversaw distribution operations for ComEd's more than 11,000-square-mile service area. These operations include new business, construction and maintenance, field operations and regional engineering. He previously served as vice president of transmission and substation at ComEd, where he was responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of more than 5,800 miles of transmission lines and nearly 400 substations. He also previously served as vice president of distribution operations at ComEd for the Chicago and Maywood regions.

Before joining the operations team, Perez served as vice president of work management and new business at ComEd. In that role, he was responsible for more than 500 employees who managed construction and maintenance work plans and provided engineering and construction services for customers. With more than 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Perez also has held managerial positions in construction, maintenance, operations, work management, and technical investigations at ComEd. In 2007, Perez became a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, which exposes area executives to local challenges and the skills needed to make a difference in the community. He is a board member of the Chicago Metro History Center, the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Engineering and the Chicago Commons Governing Board. He also serves on the board of Association of Edison Illuminating Companies and the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. Perez holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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