The addition of BGE CEO Calvin G. Butler Jr. to the Greater Baltimore Committee’s Board of Directors was announced at today’s board meeting.
Butler’s background includes leadership and strategic positions with the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, Exelon and BGE’s sister utility, ComEd. Before joining Exelon in 2008, Butler held leadership positions for eight years with the print, digital and supply chain solutions company RR Donnelley, including vice president of manufacturing, senior director of government affairs, and senior vice president of external affairs. Butler spent his early career with CILCORP (Central Illinois Light Co.), where he worked in government affairs, legal and operations.
Butler is very active in civic and community relations. While living in Chicago, he served on the boards of Leadership Greater Chicago, the Illinois Energy Association, the Chicago Public Library Foundation, Voices for Illinois Children and Econ Illinois. Butler was appointed chairman of the board of directors for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce in 2008 and 2009, and was also chosen to join the Commission to Engage African Americans on Climate Change. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore and the Maryland Zoological Society and is chairman of the American Heart Walk 2014.
Butler has received several honors and recognitions for his business, civic and community contributions. In 2011, 2012 and 2013, he was recognized by Uptown Professional Magazine as one of the top “100 Executives in America.” He was also named one of Crain’s Chicago Business’ “40 under 40” emerging leaders in 2008. In 2006, Butler was honored with a Career Focus Eagle award from the National Eagle Leadership Institute. He received a Chicago Tribune and YMCA African-American and Hispanic Leadership Award in 2003, and a Mahogany Foundation Award for Black Achievers in 2002.
Butler earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in Peoria, Ill., and a Juris Doctor from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo.