Senior Executive Vice President, Exelon & Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Utilities
Calvin G. Butler Jr. is a senior executive vice president of Exelon and chief executive officer of Exelon Utilities. Butler oversees Exelon’s six local electric and natural gas companies -- Atlantic City Electric, BGE, ComEd, Delmarva Power, PECO and Pepco. Together, they form the nation’s largest utility company by customer count, serving approximately 10 million electric and gas customers in New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois, Delaware, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia, respectively. Butler serves as vice chairman of each utility’s board and is a member of Exelon’s executive committee.
Butler serves on the boards of M&T Bank Corporation and M&T Bank, its principal banking subsidiary, and is board chair of the Gridwise Alliance, an advocacy organization promoting modernization and innovation for the nation’s electrical grid. He is also on the Board of Directors for RLI Corp, serving as a member of its audit and nominations/governance committees.
Butler previously served as CEO of BGE from 2014 to 2019. Prior to that role, Butler was BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs. Butler also served as Exelon’s senior vice president of corporate affairs, Chief Human Resources Officer, and held other leadership positions at Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd (Chicago).
Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held senior leadership roles in external affairs as well as manufacturing with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley. He spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he held positions in government affairs, legal and strategy.
Butler is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee, a regional organization of more than 500 business/civic leaders dedicated to improving the business climate of Greater Baltimore. He also serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors, Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the Center Club and Caves Valley Golf Club. He is immediate past chair of his alma mater, Bradley University. As a board member of Business Executives for National Security (BENS), comprised of senior business and industry executives across the country, his work helps to address the national security community’s most pressing challenges. In addition, Butler is on the board of the Institute of International Education, a not-for-profit organization focused on advancing scholarship, promoting access to education, and building economies; and the Library of Congress’ James Madison Council.
He has been recognized by several organizations for his leadership and community commitment. In 2020, he was named among Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Most Influential Black Executives in Corporate America,” and as Zpryme’s “ETS Thought Leader of the Year,” honoring those with the “inventive and brave vision needed to inspire the global energy ecosystem toward sustainable modernization.” In 2019, the Boy Scouts of America honored him with the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award. And in 2017, he was named among Black Enterprise Magazine’s “300 Most Powerful Executives in Corporate America,” as well as “Industrialist of the Year” by the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Three times The Daily Record named Butler one of Maryland’s “Most Admired CEOs” and one of its top 35 Influential Marylanders, while Baltimore Magazine named him as one of its “Top Ten Baltimoreans.”
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 received an honorary doctorate of Humane Letters from Morgan State University in 2014.
Butler and his wife, Sharon, have two children, Blake Calvin and Raini Alexis.