O&R Press Release

John J. McAvoy, the senior vice president of Central Operations at Consolidated Edison of New York, today was named president and chief executive officer of Orange and Rockland Utilities, Inc. (O&R) effective January 1.

McAvoy succeeds William G. Longhi, who served as O&R’s president and CEO for nearly four years. Longhi, who came to O&R from Con Edison, returns to Con Edison to the newly created position of president, Shared Services, effective January 1. Both announcements were made by Consolidated Edison, Inc. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Kevin Burke. Consolidated Edison, Inc. is O&R’s parent company.

In his senior vice president position at Con Edison, McAvoy was responsible for the planning, design, operation and maintenance of the electric generation, transmission and substations systems, the generation and distribution of the steam system, and contractor construction activities for the company.

McAvoy joined Con Edison in 1980. He has served as vice president of System and Transmission Operations, general manager of System Operations, general manager of Brooklyn/Queens Electric Operations, general manager of Substation Operations, and plant manager of the Indian Point and East River generating stations.

He earned an MBA from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College. He has completed the Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI) Transmission Engineering and Distribution Engineering courses, and was certified by NERC as a System Operator.

McAvoy was a Rockefeller Fellow and he currently serves on the board of the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

As the president of a new Shared Services organization, Longhi will oversee the operations of the following functions for both Consolidated Edison of New York and O&R: Information Resources, Purchasing, Transportation, Stores Inventory, Emergency Management, Energy Management, Facilities, Security, Research and Development and Energy Policy and Regulatory Affairs. In May, Human Resources also will report to him.

Since joining Con Edison in 1976, Longhi has held a variety of positions throughout the company. He served as senior vice president of Central Operations, vice president of Manhattan Electric Operations, and vice president of System and Transmission Operations. Previously, he served at Orange and Rockland Utilities as vice president of Operations. He also was chief engineer of Distribution Engineering, and general manager of Electric Operations in Brooklyn.

Longhi earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University, and has completed the Power Technologies, Inc. (PTI) Transmission Engineering course. He was an executive on loan at General Electric in 1999, and has completed executive education at both the University of Michigan and Penn State.