At BGE, leadership means integrity, forward thinking, openness to ideas and principled decision-making. BGE has been serving Central Maryland for more than 200 years. That kind of longevity doesn’t happen by chance. It happens because of the men and women whose talents and skills guide our strategic direction and inspire others to follow their lead.
Our values are part of our daily operations and our commitment to the region. BGE defines itself through how we operate and what we believe. Our values reflect the principles we stand for and guide our actions and our interactions.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Carim V. Khouzami is the president and chief executive officer of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE), the nation's first gas utility. Khouzami oversees safety, reliability, customer service, financial performance and BGE's commitment to creating an inclusive culture. BGE is Maryland’s largest electric and natural gas utility, employing about 3,200 people and serving 1.3 million electric and more than 670,000 gas customers in central Maryland.
Khouzami previously served as the chief operating officer of Exelon Utilities, overseeing the daily administrative and operational functions for Exelon’s six regulated utilities, including BGE, as well as managing large investment projects that span all the Exelon utilities. Prior to that, Khouzami served as the chief financial officer of Exelon Utilities, responsible for overseeing the treasury, financial planning and analysis, and accounting functions for the six Exelon utility companies. He has held other leadership roles within financial, strategic and operational roles at Exelon and BGE.
Khouzami serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-based organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Port Discovery Children’s Museum, Baltimore Development Corporation, and Bridges Baltimore. He also serves on the board for the Southern Gas Association.
He has been recognized for his leadership and community commitment. In 2021, The Daily Record named Khouzami to their “Power 100” list. In 2014, while CFO at BGE, Khouzami was recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal as one of the top CFOs in the Baltimore area. In 2010, while leading the Investor Relations department for Constellation Energy, Khouzami was named #1 Investor Relations Professional in the Utilities Sector by Institutional Investor Magazine.
Khouzami earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and communications studies from Vanderbilt University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University.
Vice President, Technical Services
Ajit Apte is vice president of technical services, leading asset & records management, distribution engineering, distribution planning, electric system reliability planning, investment strategy, project management, Smart Grid initiatives, and vegetation management. Apte reports to the BGE president and chief operating officer.
Apte was previously director of customer strategy and governance at BGE. In that role he developed and led an enhanced customer engagement strategy in support of BGE's customer-centric focus. This included initiatives such as the launch of BGE Marketplace and the MDM upgrade, the cross-OpCo ePay project and Prepaid Power pilot implementation, and a push to increase the number of customers who opt in for e-bills, resulting in improved customer satisfaction and significant cost savings.
For five years prior to his joining BGE, Apte was director of information technology for Exelon Utilities, where he was responsible for metering, billing and customer care platform post-launch. He also held IT leadership positions at Constellation, where he worked for a decade after joining the company in 2002.
Prior to his Exelon roles, Apte was managing principal at Mastech Corporation and IT analyst at Tata Consultancy Services.
Apte is a board member of Creative Alliance, a Baltimore non-profit organization that builds communities by bringing together artists and audiences from diverse backgrounds to experience spectacular arts and education programs and engage in the creative process. He received the Professional Achievement Award from the Society of Asian Scientists & Engineers in 2017 and he completed Howard County Leadership in 2019.
Apte has a bachelor's in Electrical Engineering from SV National Institute of Technology in Surat, India, and a Master's in Electrical Engineering in Microprocessor Systems from the Maharaja Sayajirao University in Baroda, India.
Vice President, Support Services
Mike Cloyd is vice president of support services and chief safety officer. In this role, he leads many critical areas of the company, including training, security, environmental management, performance assessment, fleet services, and real estate and facilities. He is also the company's Chief Safety Officer, with oversight for the company's safety and wellness initiatives.
Mike earned a bachelor’s in computer science from the US Naval Academy. He also earned a Master of Business Administration in Finance and Operations Research from Carnegie Mellon University.
Vice President, Regulatory Policy and Strategy
Vice President, Customer Operations
Chimaobi Chijioke is vice president of customer operations. He is responsible for directing strategy, resources, and activities within customer operations, specifically for customer care, claims, and field and meter services. He reports to the BGE chief customer officer and senior vice president of customer operations.
Chijioke has been with BGE and Exelon since 2010. Prior to his current role, Chijioke was the director for customer care at BGE. His team of more than 200 employees was responsible for all external interaction with BGE's residential and small business customers, and for resolving customer issues and complaints on every interaction. In addition, he managed the customer care team when BGE transitioned from their CIS mainframe system to their current Customer Care and Billing system (CC&B). He has held several other positions at BGE, including manager of customer relations, manager of utility performance assessment, manager of large customer services, and external affairs manager. At Exelon, he served as corporate functional area manager, a role where he was responsible for identifying and adopting best practices among Exelon's utilities as well as creating synergies and strategic programs to advance the customer operations division.
Prior to joining Exelon, Chijioke was associate director for customer care at Verizon Wireless. He previously held other leadership positions in quality assurance and the hospitality industry.
Chijioke serves as treasurer on the board of Camp Attaway, a nonprofit organization that provides summer camp for children with autism. He also serves as a board member for Leadership Howard County and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum.
Chijioke earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Ibadan (Nigeria) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is also a graduate of executive programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Columbia Business School.
Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President
Derrick Dickens became BGE's chief operating officer and senior vice president in 2021 and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company, including safety, reliability, and information technology.
Prior to his current role, Dickens was senior vice president of customer operations and chief customer officer of Exelon-owned Pepco Holdings, (PHI), where he had oversight of customer service functions at Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco.
Dickens previously served as BGE's vice president of technical services from April 2016 to December of 2019 where he oversaw investment strategy, vegetation management, project management, and electric distribution engineering. He was also BGE's executive sponsor for innovation projects, which included pioneering unmanned aerial vehicle inspection capabilities and new electric system reliability technologies. He first joined the Exelon family of companies in 2004 at PECO in Philadelphia, serving as program manager of Distribution Reliability and Maintenance.
Dickens is a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington and previously served on the boards of the B&O Railroad Museum and Enoch Pratt Library in Baltimore.
Vice President, Transmission and Substations
Carol A. Dodson is vice president of transmission and substations. In this role, she leads many critical areas of the company, including design and engineering of substations and transmission circuits, NERC and regulatory compliance and transmission and substations field operations, maintenance and construction.
Dodson joined BGE in 1988 and has held several executive positions in BGE, as well as Exelon Utilities in electric distribution, business transformation, technical services, utility oversight, customer services and support services. Other key leadership roles included electric distribution system operations, strategic customer engineering, mobile installation project, and substation support services. Prior to her current role, Dodson previously served as vice president of support services where she led training, security, environmental management, performance assessment, fleet services, and real estate and facilities. She also was the company’s chief safety officer with oversight for the company’s safety and wellness initiatives. Dodson is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange Executive Committee of the Engineering and Operations Division. She is the executive sponsor of the Network of Exelon Women-Baltimore, executive sponsor for BGE’s Women in the Field group, and business champion for Exelon’s HeForShe Initiatives.
Dodson currently serves on the board of directors the Board of Visitors for the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. She was appointed by Governor Hogan and serves on the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health (MOSH) Advisory Board. She also serves on the board for Business Volunteers Maryland and “The League” for People with Disabilities. She a member of the Greater Baltimore Committee (GBC) Women’s Advisory Board and Executive Alliance. She is a graduate of Leadership Baltimore County class of 2009.
Dodson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland with honors and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore. She is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.
Chief Customer Officer, Senior Vice President Customer Operations
Denise Galambos is the chief customer officer and senior vice president of customer operations. She is responsible for overseeing the processes, systems and planning that support internal and external customer interfaces, including BGE's customer contact centers, billing, accounts receivable and related services, service quality investigations, field and meter services, customer compliance and claims and energy assistance. The BGE vice president of customer operations reports to Galambos.
Denise has held several leadership roles at Exelon. Before moving into the chief customer officer role, she was vice president of utility oversight within Exelon Utilities and was responsible for identifying and developing policy positions which further the overall Exelon Utilities business strategy across multiple operating companies. She ensured coordination on key issues such as non-wires alternatives, distribution planning, decarbonization and electrification strategies. Prior to her policy role, she was vice president of human resources where she oversaw labor relations including a first contract negotiation, talent management, succession planning, compensation and diversity and equity and inclusion at BGE. Prior to her human resource role, she worked in Exelon's legal department as an associate general counsel for labor and employment.
Prior to joining Exelon, Denise was of-counsel at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in Washington, D.C., specializing in labor and employment law and a litigation attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Labor.
Denise is active in the Baltimore community, serving on the boards of the Hippodrome Foundation, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Arts for Learning, Maryland, and SquashWise.
Galambos is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School and received her bachelor's degree from Princeton University.
Vice President, Governmental and External Affairs
Sandy I-ru Grace is vice president of government and external affairs for BGE. She is responsible for shaping, leading, and directing the company’s positions on legislation affecting BGE’s customers. Her organization, which includes state affairs, external affairs, and economic development, primarily supports and builds strategic relationships with legislators, local officials, and communities. Grace reports to the BGE senior vice president of governmental and external affairs.
Grace has served in her current role at BGE since January 2020. She has been with Exelon since 2010. She was most recently vice president of policy development for Exelon Utilities, where she was responsible for the development and alignment of policy positions across the Exelon Utility operating companies. She previously served in roles that focused on transmission and microgrid policy and investment opportunities. She joined Exelon as assistant general counsel, advising the company on complex regulatory, policy, and transactional matters. Prior to joining Exelon, Grace spent nearly a decade in private law practice. She represented and provided advice to some of the nation's largest electric utilities on matters ranging from regional transmission organizations (RTOs), mergers and acquisitions, to the California wholesale electric market crisis of 2000/2001. Grace has also served as a law clerk for several administrative law judges at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. She is a member of the Maryland Bar, District of Columbia Bar, Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit, and the Energy Bar Association.
Grace serves on the board of directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Baltimore Corps, an organization that enlists talent to accelerate social innovation in Baltimore City and advance a citywide agenda for equity and racial justice, and Living Classrooms Foundation, an organization that provides access to more equitable education, workforce development, community safety, and health and wellness opportunities. She is also on the board, as well as the governance and development committees, of the C&O Canal Trust.
Grace received a Juris Doctor from American University Washington College of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service.
Vice President, Human Resources
Jen Herwig is vice president of human resources for BGE and responsible for the company's human resources and occupational health services activities. She reports to the president & chief executive officer of BGE, as well as the executive vice president & chief human resources officer for Exelon Corporation.
Herwig was named vice president of human resources for BGE in June 2020 and is responsible for driving the talent management strategy, evolving culture programs and employee engagement, supporting leadership development, and furthering business objectives. Some key accomplishments include the launch of RISE (Racially Inclusive Safe and Equitable Community Initiative), a grass-roots effort addressing long-standing racial injustices and integrating a DEI focus into the talent management process focusing specific demographic groups to increase awareness of demographic and workplace trends, mitigate bias and barriers to advancement, and drive accountability toward more equitable outcomes in talent development and engagement. Herwig is also executive sponsor for Asian American Employee Resource Group, member of Pan Asian Leadership Council, partner in supporting Latinx Leadership Council, and member of the BGE DEI Council. Herwig has 25 years of progressive human resources experience across various industries. Prior to BGE, Herwig was vice president of human resources for Constellation, directing human resources’ efforts supporting Constellation's commercial retail and wholesale business. She has also held leadership roles at Under Armour, Wells Fargo and T. Rowe Price. Herwig had been associated earlier with Constellation as the executive director for human resources for corporate businesses including Finance, Risk, Supply Chain, Human Resources, IT, Legal and Regulatory. She also served as human resources co-lead for designing the new company BSC structure during the Exelon/Constellation merger.
Herwig serves as chair of the board of directors of Special Olympics Maryland, aiding the organization in championing their mission of providing personal development through year-round sports training and athletic competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. She is also a member of the Inclusivity Committee for the board of directors at Notre Dame Preparatory School and an active member of STRIVE, a racial equity task force. Herwig serves on the Board of Directors for Humanim, building pathways to employment, personal autonomy, and economic opportunity for those who need it most. She previously served on the advisory board of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business Executive Programs, and as the long-range planning chair for the Bet Yeladim Preschool. Herwig Is also a graduate of the 2019 GBC Leadership class.
Herwig earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Senior Vice President, Governmental, Regulatory, and External Affairs
Alexander G. Núñez is senior vice president of strategy and regulatory affairs for BGE. Núñez focuses on the company's regulatory agenda with the Public Service Commission and other regulators, and he oversees BGE's expansion of customer offerings including new products and services. The BGE vice president of regulatory policy and strategy reports to Núñez.
Núñez previously served senior vice president of regulatory and external affairs, overseeing strategy and regulatory affairs, governmental and external relations, communications and marketing, economic development, community relationships, and relationships with the company's large customers. Prior to that role he was the company's vice president of governmental and external affairs, where he was responsible for managing the company's relationships with Maryland's state and local elected and appointed officials, as well as with the various state and local government agencies. In his earlier roles at BGE he served as director of state affairs and as senior public affairs representative and Annapolis counsel. Before joining the company in 2001, he worked for the Maryland General Assembly for several years, where he served as Committee Counsel to the Senate Finance Committee of Maryland.
Núñez contributes actively to several community and business organizations. Núñez serves as vice-president of the Walters Art Museum Board of Trustees and as chair of its Engagement Committee. He is the immediate past Chair for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. He is a member of the board of trustees for the Chesapeake Bay Trust. He also serves as Chair of the Corporate Advisory Board for the Baltimore chapter of the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA). Núñez serves as an appointee on the Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs and previously served on the Governor's Workforce Development Board. He is a member of the Edison Electric Institutes' Customer Solutions Executive Advisory Committee.
Núñez is a graduate of The LEADERship Class of 2018. He is also a graduate of the Leadership Maryland Class of 2005 and served on its board of directors for several years. He served previously on the boards of directors for the Maryland Government Relations Association, the Utilities State Government Organization, and MD-DC Audubon. Núñez represented the company in the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, including on its Legislative Committee, Environment Committee, and Civil Liability Committee. He was a founding member of the Greater Baltimore Committee's Energy and Natural Resources Committee and is past-president of the Legislative Committee of the Maryland-D.C. Utilities Association.
Núñez received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctorate with honors from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Maryland and in the United States Supreme Court.
Vice President IT, Chief Information Officer
Liz O'Connor is vice president of information technology for Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE). In this role, she is responsible for leading BGE's IT operations and transformational programs.
O'Connor previously served as vice president of Support Services and Chief Safety Officer. In this role, she led many critical areas of the company, including training, security, environmental management, performance assessment, fleet services, and real estate and facilities. O'Connor joined the company in 2004 and held leadership positions in Information Technology and BGE's Customer Operations organizations.
Liz volunteers her time coaching youth sports for Hero's club lacrosse and Sting basketball. She is a board member for the Ulman Foundation and an active supporter of the Chad Tough Defeat DIPG Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to finding a cure for childhood brain cancer.
Liz holds a business computer information systems degree from Hofstra University.
David is general counsel for BGE and is responsible for providing legal counsel across all aspects of the company's operation including representing the company in its external legal matters, rate cases, and other administrative and legal proceedings. David also manages the company's Legal department. David joined BGE in 2019 as associated general counsel.
David joined BGE's parent company, Exelon in 2017, and was an assistant general counsel for litigation in Exelon BSC, where he represented the company in a number of important matters, including the litigation over the Maryland Department of the Environment's relicensing of Conowingo Dam. Before joining Exelon, David engaged in civil practice as a member of national corporate law firms where he served as a partner, concentrating in complex commercial litigation and employment law. David also served in the public sector for several years in a number of key capacities, including the chief of litigation for Baltimore City, deputy city solicitor, and finally as the city solicitor of Baltimore City. While he was the city attorney, David was responsible for negotiating the Consent Decree with the United States Department of Justice to reform and restructure the Baltimore Police Department. David has over 25 years of experience in the legal profession.
David serves as an active member of the boards of directors for Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and the Living Legends Awards for Service to Humanity Foundation. He also serves as a mentor with Kappa League, a leadership development program focused on the educational, occupational, and social guidance of urban male students in grades 6 through 12. David serves as one of the seven members of the Maryland Board of Law Examiners -- the board appointed by the Maryland Court of Appeals to oversee the administration of the Bar Examination and the admission of all attorneys in Maryland. He also serves as a member of the Board of Governors for the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
David earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Psychology from Fordham University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Maryland School of Law. He is also a graduate of executive programs at University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and Columbia Business School
Vice President, Electric Operations
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Stacey Ullrich is vice president of communications and marketing. As Baltimore Gas and Electric’s chief communications and marketing officer she oversees initiatives to improve stakeholder interactions, employee engagement, increase organizational transparency, shape public dialogue and advocacy and build organizational reputation and trust. She is part of BGE’s Senior Leadership Team and Exelon Corporate Affairs leadership team coordinating communications and marketing functions at Exelon’s six energy delivery companies.
Prior to joining Baltimore Gas and Electric in 2022, Stacey held leadership positions with Under Armour and the Under Armour Foundation, where she led the strategic direction, brand purpose and engagement of the company’s global investments, narrative, and outreach programs, as well as oversight and management of the Under Armour Foundation.
Over the past twenty-five years, in addition to Under Armour, Ullrich has held leadership roles at Constellation, P.W. Feats, EBA, Inc. and the PGA TOUR including tournaments on the Web.com Tour, previously known as the NIKE Tour and the Champions Tour. Throughout her career she has been a strategic thought partner to the business focused on driving brand equity, total addressable market growth, and positive social impact.
Stacey serves on the board of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, The Center Club, Project Pnuema, Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, iMentor and the University System of Maryland Foundation.
Ullrich holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Communications from Missouri State University. As a life-long learner, Ullrich is a graduate of Darden School of Business Leadership and Management Program, Leadership Maryland Alum and Weinberg Foundation Israel Mission Alumni.
Stacey is a resident of Howard County, Md., is married and has four children.
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Vice President, Gas Distribution
Dawn White is the vice president of gas distribution. In this role she is responsible for the safe operation of BGE's gas system including gas engineering and planning, control, regional gas operations, design services, damage prevention, regulatory compliance and integrity management functions.
Prior to her current role, White was the director of regional electric operations where she was is responsible for the construction, maintenance, engineering and field operations of the electric distribution system and new business. She also served as the director of distribution system operations where she was responsible for the real-time operations of the electric distribution system. White has also held several leadership roles with increasing responsibility across the organization including manager of field operations, manager of investment strategy, manager of distribution, manager of methods and supervisor of distribution system operations training and procedures. White joined BGE in 2005 as an engineer and worked in several organizations through participation in the engineer rotation program.
White serves on the Prince George's Community College Foundation Board, supporting the finance sub-committee. She is also a member of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and previously served as the treasurer of the Baltimore Chapter. White is also a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Baltimore County.
White earned her bachelor's in electrical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Loyola University of Maryland. White is also a graduate of the 2019 class of Leadership Baltimore County.