For Immediate Release
Mayra H. Bergman
Nicholas Bertram, The GIANT Company President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Urban Affairs Coalition CEO; and Michael Nutter, former Philadelphia Mayor, will help PECO to continue to power our region.
PHILADELPHIA (AUGUST 4, 2022) – PECO today announced the appointment of three members to its board of directors: Nicholas Bertram, President of The GIANT Company and Chair of the Board of Directors the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Sharmain Matlock-Turner, CEO of the Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC); and Michael Nutter, former Mayor of Philadelphia.
"We're pleased to have such accomplished individuals joining PECO's board of directors," said Calvin Butler, Chairman of the Board and Exelon's Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Their experience and diverse perspectives will be critical as we advance our work safely powering reliability and resilience, advancing clean and affordable energy choices, delivering world-class customer experiences, and supporting communities."
"As we continue on our journey to power the communities we serve, we are proud to welcome these incredible regional leaders to our board of directors," said Mike Innocenzo, Vice-Chair of the Board and President and CEO of PECO. "Their unique backgrounds and expertise—from Nick's position as a successful business leader, to Sharmain's focus on growing quality of life in urban communities, to Michael's regional understanding of business and civic life and his extensive knowledge of Philadelphia as our former Mayor—will provide invaluable insights to help advance our work and provide an equitable, clean energy future for southeastern Pennsylvania."
A veteran of the retail industry, Bertram was appointed President of The GIANT Company, a leading, omnichannel grocer in 2017 following years of executive roles at its parent company Ahold Delhaize. In addition to his role at the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, he is also co-chair of the Corporate Council and a member of the Foundation Board of Overseers for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and serves on the Advisory Board of the Satell Institute.
"I am thrilled to join PECO's board of directors, particularly as the company is beginning to realize its vision for a more sustainable world, which is a personal passion of mine," said Bertram. "Each day, I see the impact that utilities can have on both our business and our local community, and I look forward to working with the board and PECO leadership to help drive positive change in our region."
Matlock-Turner began her tenure at UAC in March 1999, with a special distinction as the first woman to lead the organization designed to unite governments, businesses, neighborhoods, and individuals to improve the quality of life in the region, build wealth in urban communities, and solve emerging issues. Prior to leading the UAC, she was associate vice president of legislative and community affairs for Mercy Health System and AmeriHealth Caritas.
"We have seen, through PECO's strong community response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its extensive philanthropic and workforce development initiatives, that PECO is committed to building up our city and improving the lives of our residents," said Matlock-Turner. "I am proud to join the company in this effort to further expand on this commitment."
Nutter spent 15 years on Philadelphia City Council and eight more as mayor, ending his formal public service to the city in 2016. Nutter has continued his commitment to public policy, government, and civic life since then, having served as a member of the U.S. Homeland Security Advisory Council, senior advisor to Bloomberg Philanthropies and national spokesperson for the organization's What Works Cities program. He is also a professor with the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and is involved in many other business and civic roles. Most recently in 2021, Nutter was appointed as an advisor to BlocPower, a sustainable energy public benefits corporation.
"I'm honored to be part of an organization that stands at the forefront of our region's transition to a clean energy future," said Nutter. "PECO's commitment to invest in bettering the environment, workforce, and our community is commendable and is certain to leave a positive impact on our region's future."
Bertram, Matlock-Turner and Nutter join current PECO board members Judge Nelson Diaz, Retired Senior Attorney, Dilworth Paxson; Charisse Lillie, CEO, CRL Consulting; and John Grady, Senior Vice President, Wexford.
PECO, founded in 1881, is Pennsylvania's largest electric and natural gas utility. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PECO delivers energy to nearly 1.7 million electric customers and more than 545,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. The company's 2,800 employees are dedicated to the safe and reliable delivery of electricity and natural gas as well as enhanced energy management conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. PECO is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (Nasdaq: EXC), the largest fully regulated utility company in the nation with more than 10 million customers. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.