Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr. announced that he will retire from the company on February 28, after a 42-year tenure.
DeFontes joined BGE in 1972 as an associate engineer and over his career was promoted to several key positions in company operations, including vice president, electric transmission and distribution. He was named president and CEO in 2004.
“Ken led BGE through some times of great change for the energy industry, and his contributions have been extremely important to the company’s success,” said Denis O’Brien, chief executive officer of Exelon Utilities. “Ken is tremendously respected throughout the company, the utility industry and in Maryland. He has served as a mentor to many and is known for his passion, integrity and service.”
Calvin G. Butler Jr., BGE’s senior vice president, regulatory and external affairs, will become BGE’s new Chief Executive Officer. Maryland Chamber Board member Stephen J. Woerner, BGE’s Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer will become President and Chief Operating Officer.