Friday, March 18, 2016

How BGE’s First African American CEO is Fostering a Diverse Company Culture - BLACK ENTERPRISE

by Courtney Connley 
Originally published: March 16, 2016

As an attorney and skilled lobbyist, Calvin Butler’s journey to CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) is far from typical.

After graduating with his Juris Doctor degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Butler took a position with Central Illinois Light Co. working in its government affairs, legal and strategy departments. From there he joined print, digital, and supply chains solutions company RR Donnelley before joining BGE’s Chicago-based parent company Exelon in 2008. After successfully helping the company merge with Baltimore-based Constellation Energy Group in 2011, Butler was appointed senior vice president of legislation and external affairs in December 2012 before stepping into his role as CEO of the company in March 2014.

Now, as head of the $1.8 billion energy company, Butler is making his mark as BGE’s first African American CEO. With the company’s 200th anniversary approaching in June, the St. Louis native explains his plan for moving the company forward while holding on to its rich history.

What are some of the changes you’ve noticed in the industry?

I saw tech and how it met customer needs and how we have to change to meet their needs not only today, but for tomorrow. We are also connecting with the community, going into the neighborhoods and school systems and reaching out to men and women of all races, but particularly minority communities, and saying we know what is important to you.

We also just entered a partnership with a tech solar company owned by Ray Lewis called Power 52, to build a solar facility that will benefit low-income communities.

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