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Andrea Zopp

Exelon Corporation
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Chicago, IL, USA

Andrea L. Zopp

Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Exelon Corporation

As General Counsel, Andrea Zopp, 52, has responsibility for all of Exelon's legal affairs and corporate governance functions.  She is a member of the company's executive committee.

Professional History
Zopp joined Exelon in 2006 as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. In January 2008, she was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.  In this role, she led the Company's human resources, diversity, labor and employee relations and security functions.

Prior to joining Exelon, Zopp was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Sears Holding Corporation, a $50 billion retail company formed by the merger of Sears Roebuck and Company and Kmart. In this position she had responsibility for legal affairs, governance, public relations, government affairs, and compliance. 

Before joining Sears, Zopp was vice president, deputy general counsel in the law department at Sara Lee Corporation. There she managed senior attorneys at the operating divisions, risk management, environmental services and safety.  She also supervised litigation and provided counseling on strategic issues.  Prior to Sara Lee, Zopp was a partner in the litigation department of the law firm of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, specializing in the areas of commercial, employment and white-collar criminal litigation. Zopp was also the First Assistant State's Attorney in the Cook County State's Attorney's office where she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the nation's second largest prosecutor's office.

From 2005-2007, Zopp served as a director of Andrew Corporation, a publicly traded $2 billion, international manufacturer and supplier of telecommunication systems, components and solutions, where she served on the compensation and nominating and governance committees. 

Civic Involvement
Zopp serves as chairman of the board of directors of the Chicago Area Project, a community-based delinquency prevention program   She is also president of the board of directors of the Leadership Greater Chicago and a member of the Harvard Alumni Association board of directors. Zopp also serves on the board of trustees of the National Urban League and the Black Ensemble Theater. She is a member and chair of the Human Resources Committee of the Cook County Health and Hospitals Systems board. Zopp is a member of the Black Women Lawyer's Association, The Chicago Network, and The Economic Club.  Zopp is a member and former president of the Chicago Inn of Court and is active in the American Bar Association, where she served as a member of the Section of Litigation Council.  She is also a former member of the board of managers of the Chicago Bar Association.  In March 2000, she was named by Illinois Governor George Ryan to serve on the Commission to Review the Illinois Death Penalty Process.  In May 2003, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley named her as co-chair of a panel reviewing the City's building and safety code enforcement in the wake of the E-2 Nightclub tragedy.  In September 2004 she became chair of the Blue Ribbon Commission on Magnet and Selective Enrollment School Admissions for the Chicago Public Schools.  Zopp is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Zopp received the Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League (2008), Visionary Award from the Black Women Lawyer's Association-(2004), the Luminary Award from the Girl Scouts of Chicago (2005) and she was named one of Chicago United's 2005 Business Leaders of Color from Chicago United.

Zopp received a bachelor's degree in history and science and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard University.  She began her legal career as a law clerk to United States District Judge George N. Leighton in the Northern District of Illinois. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, Northwestern University and the University of Chicago School of Law.


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