Sunil “Sonny” Garg
Freshwater Advisory Board
Combining operational excellence and financial discipline with values-based leadership, Sonny Garg is a seasoned executive who has led organizations through critical points of inflection, including large-scale integrations. Sonny currently is the Phunhousian in Chief at DNS Capital a family office that takes a long-term and flexible approach to invest by building relationships with business owners, management teams, and entrepreneurs.
Prior to his position at DNS, Sonny was the Global Managing Director for Energy at Uptake, a predictive analytics software company recognized by Forbes as the “hottest startup” of 2015.
Sonny spent 13 years at Exelon Corporation, a Fortune 125 company, in a variety of senior executive positions, including serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Most recently, he was Chief Information and Innovation Officer (CIIO), where he developed and executed a strategy for Exelon’s IT department designed to rapidly adapt to the changes in technology and the energy industry.
Prior to being CIIO, Sonny was the President of Exelon Power, where he oversaw the operations of 8,500 MW of generating assets, including exiting coal generation and entering wind power. During the 2008 financial crisis, Sonny designed and executed Exelon’s cost reduction initiative. He also has served as Exelon’s Senior Vice President for Human Resources.
Sonny began his career in the public and non-profit sectors, serving as an Assistant to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and was appointed a White House Fellow by President Clinton. Prior to these positions, he was a research associate at the University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children.
Sonny is a Henry Crown Leadership Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. He currently serves as a guest lecturer at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and sits on the boards of MB Financial Inc. and RKNeal. He also serves on a number of not-for-profit boards including Project&, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the Invisible Institute and Chapin Hall.
Sonny earned a M.B.A. and a B.A. at the University of Chicago, and a M.P.P. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.