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Liz Warren-Pederson
Eller College of Management

UA Executive of the Year John W. Rowe leads in the boardroom and the community

Chicago-Based energy executive, John W. Rowe of Exelon Corporation, to be honored as The University of Arizona 2007 Executive of the Year

TUCSON, Ariz. – APRIL 5, 2007 – John W. Rowe, head of one of the nation’s largest energy companies, has been named The University of Arizona 2007 Executive of the Year by the Eller College of Management’s National Board of Advisors. Citing Rowe’s corporate and community leadership and his contributions to the electric utility industry, the Eller College will honor him at a luncheon tomorrow from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, Tucson, Ariz.

Under Rowe’s direction as chairman, president, and CEO, Exelon Corporation was ranked the number one utility company on Forbes’ 2005 list of “The Best Managed Companies in America” and the number one utility company in the United States on its 2004 list of “The World’s 2000 Leading Companies.”

“We are pleased to honor John as The University of Arizona 2007 Executive of the Year not only because of his excellence in the energy industry, but because his leadership extends beyond the boardroom,” said Paul R. Portney, dean of the Eller College of Management. “John is widely recognized for his vision and response to environmental concerns, as well as his leadership in establishing Exelon as one of Chicago’s most philanthropic and civically active corporations. He is celebrated as a corporate leader who works hard to further opportunities for all people.”

Rowe is leading several sessions with students prior to the luncheon on topics including regulatory and environmental issues in the energy industry, and leadership and challenges of being a CEO.

Since 1984, Rowe has served consecutively 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 by training, and was general counsel of Consolidated Rail Corporation and a partner in the firm of Isham, Lincoln and Beale. His business activities have been marked by his attention to balance sheet strength, earnings consistency, service reliability, and environmental performance.

Rowe’s civic and professional commitments emphasize historical education and diversity, and include serving as chairman of the Chicago History Museum, chairman of the board of the Illinois Institute of Technology, vice chairman of The Commercial Club of Chicago, and a member of the boards of the Argonne National Laboratory, the Chicago Urban League, the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Edison Electric Institute, the Nuclear Energy Institute, the Chicago Club and the visiting committees of the Oriental Institute and the University of Pennsylvania Museum.

Exelon’s operations include energy generation, power marketing, and energy delivery. It has one of the industry’s largest portfolios of electricity generation capacity, with a nationwide reach and strong positions in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic. Exelon operates the largest nuclear fleet in the United States and the third largest commercial nuclear fleet in the world.

Media Note: Mr. Rowe is available for interviews before the luncheon. Please contact 520.626.2590 or to schedule an interview.

The Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona is internationally recognized for pioneering research, innovative curriculum, distinguished faculty, excellence in management information systems, entrepreneurship, and social responsibility. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller undergraduate program #11 among public business schools and two of its programs are among the top 20 — Entrepreneurship and MIS. U.S. News & World Report ranks the Eller MBA Full-Time program #48 in the U.S. The College is among the leaders of business schools generating grant funds for research. In addition to a Full-Time MBA program, the Eller College offers the 25th ranked Evening MBA program, the Eller Executive MBA and the Online MBA. The Eller College of Management supports more than 5,800 undergraduate and 750 graduate students on the UA campus in beautiful Tucson, Arizona, and a satellite campus in Phoenix.

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Liz Warren-Pederson, Eller College of Management

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