No. 5: Calvin G. Butler
CEO, EXELON UTILITIES
Calvin G. Butler Jr. has become a high-powered business and community leader in his first 10 years in Greater Baltimore. The CEO of Exelon Utilities and senior executive vice president of Exelon moved from Chicago to supervise Exelon’s $7.9 billion acquisition of Constellation, the former parent company of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.
Butler, a senior vice president with Exelon during the transition, was named CEO of BGE in 2014. He was named CEO of BGE’s parent company, Exelon Utilities, in 2019. In addition to BGE, Butler oversees five other local electric and natural gas companies in Maryland, four other states and the District of Columbia.
While many executives prefer to work behind the scenes, Butler prefers to set an example by making a positive impact in his com-pany and the Greater Baltimore communities. When Butler became CEO of BGE in 2014, he built a more diverse executive team. By the time he moved to be the CEO of Exelon Utilities, his 13-member management team had six people of color, including four women and his diverse hiring practices had expanded to all BGE employees.
“It starts at the top,” Butler said last year. “Anyone that tells you, ‘Yeah, I have my vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion leading this effort,’ it’s just going to be done halfway. It starts in the CEO’s office. That one person happened to be me.”
Butler continues to serve on the boards of many organizations, including the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, the Baltimore Community Foundation, the Institute for International Education and the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Board of Visitors.
Butler also took over as chairman of the Greater Baltimore Committee in October, encouraging the organization to be a leader in taking on racial injustice and inequities in the region. At the GBC annual meeting, Butler wondered how much has changed since the death of Freddie Gray.
“Are we much different? What did we do? Money was given and organizations were set up, but what did we really do?
“We cannot remain static,” he said at the annual meeting. “We cannot remain silent. That to me is how you provide leadership. We are the leaders to do it. Let’s lead by example.”