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GBC narrows search for its next CEO

Calvin Butler, board chairman of the GBC and senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at Exelon.

The search for the next leader of the Greater Baltimore Committee is moving forward, the organization announced Thursday. In a news release, the GBC, which recently merged with the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, said that the hiring committee has narrowed its search to 30 candidates.

The hiring committee, led by Mary Ann Scully, the dean of Loyola University Maryland’s Sellinger School of Business and the founder of Howard Bank, reached out to over 400 individuals nationwide regarding the CEO position, according to the press release. Interviews with the 30 finalists will begin Sept. 12.

Donald C. Fry, the previous president and CEO of the GBC, retired from the position earlier this year. He had led the organization for almost two decades.

“We are very excited and pleased at the strong response we have received from candidates interested in leading the GBC as the next CEO. The response really speaks to the outstanding reputation the GBC has in Maryland, the mid-Atlantic region, and nationwide,” said Calvin Butler, board chairman of the GBC and senior executive vice president and chief operating officer at Exelon. “The pool of candidates selected for interviews has a strong mix of racial and gender diversity from the Greater Baltimore region and nationwide, a key goal when we announced the search.”

The GBC hiring committee has retained a recruiting firm, Korn Ferry, to assist with the search.

Additionally, as the GBC searches for its next leader, the organization is also working to combine the EAGB and the GBC into one organization. A 12-person team, composed of GBC board members, meets regularly to guide the transition.

The decision to combine the two organizations was driven by the desire to have a single entity to represent the regional business community and to bolster its impact on important economic and civic issues.