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Kevin Burke

Kevin BurkeKevin Burke was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Edison Inc. from 2005 until his retirement in 2013. Consolidated Edison is an energy holding company with operations conducted primarily through two public utility companies: Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. and Orange and Rockland Utilities Inc. With 3.7 million electric customers, 1.2 million gas customers and revenues of $12 billion, Con Edison is the longest continuously traded company on the NYSE(ED).

Mr. Burke has spent the majority of his career with Consolidated Edison Inc. and the Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. In addition to his role as President and CEO, he served as the Director and Executive Chairman of the company. He also worked as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Con Edison New York from 2000-2005.

Mr. Burke received a BE in Electrical Engineering from Cooper Union in 1972. He then received his ME in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and JD from Fordham University. In 1983, he completed an MS in Business Policy from Columbia University.

Kevin Burke was elected to The Cooper Union Board of Trustees in December 2016. He also serves on the boards of Honeywell International Inc. and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

He resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

Role: Trustee
Elected to the Board: December 2016
Class Term: 2020
Term Limit: 2024


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