Chief Executive Officer, Baltimore Gas and Electric Company
Calvin G. Butler Jr. is the Chief Executive Officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation’s first gas utility. Mr. Butler is responsible for BGE’s successful execution of the company’s six key areas: safety, reliability, distinctive customer service, innovation and technology and diversity and inclusion. Mr. Butler also is a member of BGE’s Board of Directors and a member of the executive committee of BGE’s parent company, Exelon. Mr. Butler currently serves on the RLI Corp Board of Directors and is a member of the Audit and Nominations/Governance committees.
Prior to becoming CEO in March 2014, Mr. Butler served as BGE’s Senior Vice President, Regulatory and External Affairs. Mr. Butler also served as Exelon’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd (Chicago). During the Exelon and Constellation Energy merger, Mr. Butler played a critical role in company and stakeholder relations. Before joining Exelon in 2008, Mr. Butler held senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. Mr. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in government affairs, legal and strategy.
Mr. Butler serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Kennedy Krieger Institute, the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Maryland Zoological Society (Maryland Zoo in Baltimore), the Enoch Pratt Free Library, the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club.
Mr. Butler is the 2016 chair of the United Way of Central Maryland’s giving campaign. Also in 2016, Mr. Butler served as co-chair of the National Urban League Annual Conference. He was also the 2016 chair of Baltimore’s inaugural Light City Festival, a celebration of innovation and light that brought 400,000 people to downtown Baltimore, and will co-chair the event in 2017.
He also co-chairs the Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Competitiveness Coalition and the BLocal initiative, a pledge by Baltimore’s leading businesses to buy, build and hire locally.
Mr. Butler has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. Among his honors, The Daily Record named Butler one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs” and one of the top 35 Influential Marylanders. He also received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University in 2013.
Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He remains actively involved with both institutions.
Butler and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis.