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Contact: Joe Petta
Telephone: (212) 460-4111

For Immediate Release: February 25, 1998

CON EDISON NAMES NEW PRESIDENT AND CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER; OTHER EXECUTIVE CHANGES ANNOUNCED

The Con Edison (Consolidated Edison Company of New York) Board of Trustees announced today several executive appointments to take effect March 1.

J. Michael Evans, 52, was elected president and chief operating officer. He will be responsible for Con Edison's power production, customer service and electric, gas and steam operations.

In 1995, Evans was named executive vice president of Con Edisonís Customer Service Department. In that capacity he had responsibility for all of the company's electric and steam retail activities, including operation and maintenance of the transmission and distribution systems, marketing and sales, and customer operations.

Evans joined Con Edison as executive vice president of Central Operations in 1991 as the senior officer responsible for the company's power generation, transmission, substation, construction, maintenance, and engineering operations.

Prior to joining Con Edison he served as senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Kansas City Power & Light Company.

Joan S. Freilich has been promoted to executive vice president and chief financial officer, after serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 1996. She is also a member of the company's Board of Trustees.

Freilich, 56, joined Con Edison in 1978 and served in positions of increasing responsibility in its Corporate Accounting and Central Operations departments. In 1989, after serving as executive assistant to the president of Con Edison, Freilich was elected assistant vice president, corporate planning.

She was promoted to vice president, corporate planning in 1990, was named vice president and controller in 1992 and was appointed to the additional position of chief accounting officer in 1994.

Kevin Burke was promoted to senior vice president, Corporate Planning. Burke, 47, served as vice president Corporate Planning since 1993.

He joined Con Edison in 1973 as an engineer and in 1977, after earning his law degree, Burke joined the company's Law Department as an attorney. He was named director of regulatory affairs in 1981, and was promoted to the position of general manager, nuclear administrative services a year later.

Burke was named general manager, building and plant projects in 1985. He was elected vice president, construction in 1987, and in 1990 was named vice president, Brooklyn Customer Service.

Louis Rana was elected vice president, System and Transmission Operations. In his new assignment, he will be responsible for the operation, maintenance, dispatch and testing of Con Edison's high-voltage transmission system.

Rana, 49, joined Con Edison in 1969, held positions of increasing responsibility in the Electrical Engineering Department, and was named senior system operator in 1978. In 1981 he was appointed division manager, Westchester Electric Operations, was named general manager, Queens Electric Operations in 1990, and chief distribution engineer in 1993. Rana was named general manager, Manhattan Electric Operations 1997, and later that same year, general manager, System Operation.

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. is one of the nation's largest utility companies, with nearly $7 billion in annual revenues and $14 billion in assets. The company, a subsidiary of Con Edison, Inc., provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York. \n\n\n\n\n

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