Ms. Gin has been a director of Exelon since October 20, 2000. She chairs the risk oversight committee and serves on the audit and corporate governance committees. She is the Founder, Owner, Chairman and CEO of Flying Food Group, LLC, an in-flight catering company. She is a director of Commonwealth Edison Company, an Exelon subsidiary, and Centerplate, Inc.
Ms. Gin launched Flying Food Group in 1983 with a single catering kitchen at Chicago's Midway Airport and one airline customer — the now-defunct Midway Airlines. She built it into a network of 20 catering kitchens from Honolulu to New York servicing more than 70 airlines. Last year, Flying Food Group generated revenue of $436 million, according to the company.
As president and founder of New Management Ltd., Ms. Gin also managed and developed an extensive Chicago-area real estate portfolio. The company's holdings include a 50-acre business center near Midway, West Loop properties and other residential and commercial developments.
She then attended DePaul University for a year and a half while selling insurance, but left both to pursue a career in real estate, a long-term interest that yielded substantial rewards. In 1972, she returned to her roots and opened Cafe Bernard, a seminal French restaurant on North Halsted Street.
Driven to success, Ms. Gin met a kindred spirit in William McGowan, founder and chairman of MCI Communications, whom she married in 1984. He died after suffering a heart attack in 1992.
Ms. Gin served on the boards of Exelon, Chicago Botanic Garden, DePaul, The Field Museum and Rush University Medical Center. She also headed the board of the William G. McGowan Charitable Fund, a philanthropic family foundation advancing causes championed by her late husband.
Ms. Gin is survived by three nieces and a nephew.more » « less