Mr. Norcia’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his significant number of years of experience in the energy industry, including three years as our President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Norcia also has extensive experience in strategic planning, engineering and operations, corporate/business development, government relations and regulatory matters.
Jerry Norcia's full biography can be found here.
Mr. Akins is the retired Executive Chair of American Electric Power. Akins held various positions of increasing leadership throughout his career with AEP and served as the company’s chief executive officer from 2011 through 2022. During his tenure, AEP invested in modernization and security of the electric grid and technology and innovation to enable the transition to a clean energy future. Akins holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Louisiana Tech University. In addition to his service on the company’s Board of Directors, he serves as chairman of the boards of Fifth Third Bancorp and OhioHealth and is a former member of the boards of Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and Institute of Nuclear Power Operators. Akins is also a former chairman of the board of directors of EEI, Electric Power Research Institute, Global Sustainable Electric Partnership, Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited and the Ohio Business Roundtable.
Mr. Akins’ qualifications to sit on our Board include his 40 years of deep experience in the industry, including his nuclear expertise. His history of grid modernization and workplace innovation make him an ideal fit as DTE works to build the grid of the future and provide clean and reliable energy for our communities now and in the years to come.
Mr. Brandon serves as Executive Chairman of Domino’s Pizza, Inc. Prior to that, he served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Toys “R” Us inc. and as the Athletic Director of the University of Michigan from 2010 until 2014. From 1999 until 2010, he was the chairman and CEO of Domino's Pizza, Inc., a pizza delivery company. From 1989 to 1998, he served as president and CEO of Valassis Communications, Inc., a marketing and sales promotion firm, and was Chairman of the Board there from 1997 to 1998. Mr. Brandon received a B.A. in communications from the University of Michigan. In addition to his service on the Company's Board of Directors, he is a director of Domino's Pizza, Inc. and MillerKnoll, Inc. He has previously served as a director of several corporations, including Kaydon Corporation, The TJX Companies, Northwest Airlines Corporation and Burger King Holdings, Inc. He has also served an 8-year term on the University of Michigan board of regents and as Chairman of the Board of Business Leaders for Michigan.
Mr. Brandon's qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as a chief executive officer and extensive executive experience in marketing and sales, and strong skill sets in corporate finance, corporate governance and strategic planning, executive compensation, and community relations. He also has experience serving as a director of several other publicly traded corporations.
Ms. Byers is a retired partner from Ernst & Young LLP, where she served as Americas Industry Leader overseeing the markets and growth strategy across Ernst & Young’s primary industry markets. Prior to that, she held several senior leadership positions at Ernst & Young, including Houston Office Managing partner and U.S. Energy Leader from 2013 to 2018 and Managing Partner of the Southwest Region Strategy & Transactions business from 2008 to 2013. Byers received a B.B.A. from Baylor University and is a Certified Public Accountant. In addition to her service on the Company’s Board of Directors, she is a director of Civitas Resources, Excelerate Energy, Inc., and Kinetik Inc. Ms. Byers is a nonresident Fellow at Rice University, Baker Policy Institute, Center for Energy Studies, a Senior Advisor to Veriten, a media, research and consulting platform focused on the energy sector, and serves on the advisory board of Switch Energy Alliance, where she advances programs in energy literacy and access. She is also a board member of the Memorial Hermann Foundation and the Depelchin Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Ms. Byers’ qualifications to sit on our Board include her 36 years of experience as a certified public accountant as well as her deep experience in the energy sector. Her national and international work in the energy sector gives her important strategic insight into key issues facing DTE and the nation during the transition to clean and sustainable energy production.
Mr. McClure serves as Managing Partner of Michigan Capital Partners, a venture capital company he co-founded in 2014 that invests in Tier 2 and 3 global automotive and transportation suppliers with a manufacturing presence or headquarters in Michigan. Prior to that, Mr. McClure served as the Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of Meritor, Inc.;CEO, president and a member of the board of Federal-Mogul Corp; president, CEO and a member of the board of Detroit Dieseland a variety of management positions with Johnson Controls, including vice president and managing director of the company’s European and South African operations and later became President of the company's Americas region. He has also previously held management positions at Hoover Universal and Ford. From 1975 to 1979, he served as an officer on a U.S. Navy destroyer. Mr. McClure holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. In addition to his service on the Company's Board of Directors, he is a director of Crane Co., 3D Systems Inc., Penske Corporation, Detroit Regional Partnership and Invest Detroit, and a trustee of Henry Ford Health Systems. He is a past director of R.L. Polk and Company, General Cable, Remy International, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Business Roundtable.
Mr. McClure’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as CEO, president and director of several major domestic and international corporations and his strong, broad knowledge of business and industry, together with his proven leadership skills and financial expertise. He also has experience as a director of other publicly traded corporations.
Ms. McGovern is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross and has served in that position since 2008. From 2002 to 2008, she was a Professor at Harvard Business School. Ms. McGovern also served as President of Fidelity Personal Investments, a unit of Fidelity Investments, from 1998 to 2002 and Executive Vice President of Consumer Markets, a division of AT&T, from 1997 to 1998. She received her B.A. in quantitative sciences from Johns Hopkins University and her M.B.A. from Columbia University. In addition to her service on the Company's Board of Directors, Ms. McGovern is a trustee of Johns Hopkins Medicine Board and a director of PayPal Holdings, Inc. She also served as a director of Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc. until 2010.
Ms. McGovern’s qualifications to sit on our Board include her experience as a chief executive officer and extensive executive experience in marketing and sales, customer relations, corporate finance, strategic planning and government relations and knowledge of regulatory matters. She also has served as a director of other publicly traded corporations and a trustee of a major research university.
Mr. Murray is retired from Meijer, inc. During his career at Meijer, he served as Vice Chairman of Meijer, Inc., a regional retail chain, from2013-2020. From 2013 until February 2016, he also served as Co-CEO. Prior to that, he served as the President of Meijer from 2006 to 2013. From 2001 to 2006, he was the President of Grand Valley State University. He also served as Treasurer for the State of Michigan from 1999 to 2001 and Vice President of Finance and Administration for Michigan State University from 1998 to 1999. Mr. Murray received his B.S. in economics and his M.S. in labor and industrial relations from Michigan State University. In addition to his service on the Company's Board of Directors, he is a director at Fidelity Fixed income and Asset allocation and previously served as a director of Universal Forest Products, Incorporated and a director or trustee of many community and professional organizations.
Mr. Murray's qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as a Co-CEO and President of a major Michigan-based corporation and his experience as a university president and a State of Michigan government official. He also has extensive experience in financial accounting matters for complex organizations, strategic planning and corporate development, combined with strong skills in corporate finance, sales and marketing and government relations and public policy. He also has experience serving as a director of another publicly traded corporation.
Mr. Skaggs is the non-executive Chairman for DT Midstream, Inc. Prior to that, Robert Skaggs served as chief executive for both the Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. and NiSource Inc., a Fortune 500 energy holding company engaged in natural gas and electric utilities and the gas storage and pipeline business. He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his 35-year career. Prior to CPG’s separation from NiSource Inc. in July 2015, Skaggs had served as CEO of NiSource since 2005 and President since 2004. Prior to October 2004, Skaggs was Executive Vice President, Regulated Revenue for NiSource, responsible for developing regulatory strategies and leading external relations across all of the corporation’s energy distribution markets as well as its extensive interstate pipeline system. He also led regulated commercial activities, including large customer and marketer relations and energy supply services, as well as federal governmental relations.
Skaggs joined the law department of Columbia Gas Transmission in 1981 and served in various management positions until he became President of Columbia Gas of Ohio and Columbia Gas of Kentucky in 1996. Effective with the November 2000 merger of NiSource and Columbia Energy Group, he added the responsibilities of President of Bay State Gas and Northern Utilities. In December 2001, his role was further expanded to include the duties of President and CEO of the Columbia companies in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland. He was promoted to Executive Vice President, Regulated Revenue, for NiSource in October 2003.
Skaggs is a member of the board of directors of DT Midstream, Inc and previously served as director of Cloud Peak Energy Inc. (NYSE: CLD), Team, Inc. (NYSE: TISI) NiSource, Inc., Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc., and Columbia Pipeline Partners, LP. He also is past chairman of the American Gas Association’s board of directors and has served in leadership roles for a variety of charitable, community and civic efforts.
Skaggs earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Davidson College, a law degree from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in business administration from Tulane University.
Dr. Thomas is the President of Morehouse College and has served in that position since 2018. He previously served as the dean and William R. Berkley Professor of Business Administration at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business from 2011-2016. Previously he was the H. Naylor Fitzhugh Professor of Business Administration and chair of the Organizational Behavior Unit at the Harvard Business School. He joined the Harvard faculty in 1990 and retired in 2011.
Prior to Harvard, he was an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor’s degree in administrative sciences, and a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in organizational behavior, from Yale University. He also has a master’s degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University.
In addition to his service on the Company’s Board of Directors, he is a member of the board of directors of Vanguard Family of Funds, and the Yale University Corporation, and a member of the External Diversity Advisory Board at Deloitte. Previously, he served as a chair for The Partnership in Boston. He is also a past member of the boards of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cambridge Trust Co., Jobs for the Future and Shady Hill School in Cambridge, Mass.
Dr. Thomas's qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as a proven business leader and researcher, his experience with various corporate boards and his leadership in the area of corporate inclusion and diversity.
Mr. Torgow is Chairman of Huntington National Bank and a director of Huntington Bancshares, Inc., a top 25 U.S. bank holding company. Before joining Huntington, he was Executive Chairman of TCF Financial Corporation prior to its June 2021 merger with Huntington and previously Chairman of Talmer Bancorp, Inc. He serves on the board of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Detroit Regional Partnership. Mr. Torgow is also on the Executive Board of Business Leaders of Michigan and Director at Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Mr. Torgow received a graduate degree from Wayne State University Law School and is a member in good standing of the Michigan Bar Association. In addition to his service on the Company’s Board of Directors, he is founder and chairman of the Sterling Group, a Michigan-based real estate, development and investment company. He has also served as a volunteer on numerous civic and communal boards, including the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation and the Michigan Civil Rights Commission, serving as chair of both.
Mr. Torgow’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as chairman and extensive executive experience in publicly held companies, financial accounting for complex organizations, strong skill sets in corporate finance, community relations, strategic planning and corporate/business development. He also has extensive experience serving as a director of other public traded corporations.
Mr. Vandenberghe is the retired Vice Chairman and a former director of Lear Corporation, an automotive supplier, and held this position from 1998 to 2008. Lear Corporation reorganized under Federal bankruptcy laws in 2009 after his retirement from that company. Mr. Vandenberghe also held various positions at Lear Corporation from 1988 to 1998, including President and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He received his B.A. in business administration from Western Michigan University and his M.A. from Wayne State University. Mr. Vandenberghe formerly served as a director of Federal-Mogul Corporation. He serves as a director or trustee of many community and professional organizations.
Mr. Vandenberghe’s qualifications to sit on our Board include his experience as a leader of major organizations and managing capital-intensive industries. As a former chief financial officer, he has broad experience with public and financial accounting for complex organizations and corporate finance. He also has strong skills in corporate governance and strategic planning and corporate development and has experience serving as a director of other publicly traded corporations.
Ms. Williams served as the Assurance Services Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP's Southwest Region from 1981 until 2016. Ms. Williams has more than 35 years of audit and public accounting experience, serving numerous global and multi-location companies, primarily in the energy and technology sectors. She has held several senior leadership positions at Ernst & Young, including serving as a national office partner in Ernst & Young LLP's Professional Practice Group located in Houston, where she was responsible for technical consultation, assistance and guidance on complex accounting and reporting issues. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of North Texas and a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Houston.
In addition to Ms. Williams service on the Company’s board, she is a member of the board of directors of Devon Energy Corporation, Omnicom Group Inc., and Franklin Templeton Funds, and previously served as a member of WPX Energy, Inc.
Ms. Williams qualifications to sit on our Board include 35 years of experience as a certified public accountant. She brings strong leadership skills as a result of her experience in practice management, client services and diversity task-force. Ms. Williams also has extensive experience with accounting and financial reporting matters for complex organizations.