For immediate release:
August 30, 2021
Contact: Eleanor Goedeke
Today, BGE announced President and Chief Operating Officer Steve Woerner is leaving after 31 years of rising through the ranks at the company. Steve has been a decisive leader in the Maryland business community for much of his career, and highly involved in the work we do at the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Chamber Foundation. He leaves to become president of National Grid New England and will relocate to Boston.
Whitney Harmel, vice president of membership and development of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce and the Maryland Chamber Foundation, issued the following statement in response to BGE’s announcement:
Steve joined the Maryland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2010, quickly proving he is an insightful leader who was not afraid to ask questions and push others to perform at their highest level. As he did during his time at BGE, he rose through the ranks and most recently served as the chairman of our board of directors from 2019-2021. Steve also became deeply involved in the Maryland Chamber Foundation, driven by his passion for workforce development, education, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. He has served on the board of directors for the foundation since 2017, currently leading the board as chairman.
The impact of Steve’s work with the Maryland Chamber and the Maryland Chamber Foundation can be felt across the state, through his input on our critical advocacy for Maryland business to our workforce development initiatives. When Steve talks about the communities he serves, he is genuine, sincere, and passionate. These qualities make him an exceptional leader, whose legacy will live on in our state. We wish Steve the very best in his next venture, and on behalf of the Maryland business community, thank him for his countless contributions.
Gracelyn McDermott, chairman of the board of directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, vice president at Kaiser Permanente said:
The Maryland Chamber of Commerce is a stronger organization today because of the contributions of Steve Woerner. His consistent and thoughtful voice has been a guidepost for the Chamber’s decision making at many critical junctures. We thank him for his incredible dedication and his personal devotion to making Maryland the best place to live, work and own a business.