Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> June 16, 1999

Joan S. Freilich – Consolidated Edison Inc

JOAN S. FREILICH was elected to the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Consolidated Edison, Inc., effective March 1, 1998. She has been a member of the company's Board of Directors since April, 1997. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, a position to which she was named in July 1996. Ms. Freilich joined Con Edison in 1978 in the Central Customer Service Department. Later, she served in positions of increasing responsibility in Con Edison's General Accounting Department including Manager, Accounting Research and Procedures. In 1982, she joined the Central Operations group. In 1984, Ms. Freilich was promoted to Controller, Power Generation Services. In 1986, she was named General Manager of Power Generation's Resource Planning and Control Department. She was named Executive Assistant to the President of Con Edison and subsequently Assistant Vice President, Corporate Planning in 1989 and Vice President, Corporate Planning in 1990. She became Vice President and Controller in 1992 and Chief Accounting Officer in 1994. Before joining Con Edison, Ms. Freilich held adjunct instructor positions at Columbia University and the City College of New York, and she was an instructor at the Walden School. Later, she served as Assistant to the Dean of the College of New Rochelle and then as Director of Admissions at that school. Ms. Freilich graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College, and she holds a Master of Arts degree, a Master of Business Administration degree and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in French literature, passed with distinction, from Columbia University. She completed the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honorary societies, and received the Award for Excellence from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Profile
TWST: Give us a brief overview and history of your company?

Ms. Freilich: Con Edison began more than 175 years ago as a gas company.

Since that time, more than 170 companies have been merged