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DTE Energy’s Anderson to Retire, Norcia to Become Chairman of the Board

Crain’s Detroit Business
Mar. 10, 2022
Chad Livingood

The Detroit Regional Chamber congratulates longtime friends of the Chamber Gerry Anderson, Jerry Norcia, and the DTE Energy team on their momentous career milestones announced this week. Anderson will retire as the company’s Chairman of the Board in June, and current President and Chief Executive Officer Jerry Norcia will assume the role in May. Read a full announcement below.

DTE Energy Executive Chairman Gerry Anderson plans to retire June 30 after a 29-year career at the Detroit-based energy company.

Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy, will assume the role as chairman of the board on May 5 when Anderson’s term as chair ends, the company said Thursday.

“Jerry Norcia and I have worked closely together for nearly 20 of those years,” Anderson said in a statement. “He is a strong leader, and I am proud that the company is in his hands.”

Norcia succeeded Anderson as CEO in July 2019 when Anderson shifted to the role of executive chairman.

Anderson has led DTE through a transformational period in the energy business as the utility company retires coal power plants that cause pollution and global climate change in favor of generating electricity from burning cleaner natural gas or using renewable sources such as wind and solar.

In 2019, DTE set a goal of having net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

“Climate change continues to be among the most important public policy issues of our time, and I intend to keep working to address it,” Anderson said.

Anderson came to DTE in 1993 from McKinsey & Co. as a vice president of non-utility businesses and advanced through the company’s leadership ranks, becoming an executive vice president in 1997 and in charge of the company’s power generation, power marketing, fuel supply and marketing activities.

Anderson was named president in 2004, CEO in October 2010 and chairman in 2011. Anderson succeeded Anthony Earley as CEO.

Anderson’s retirement is the second recent major departure from DTE’s boardroom.

Last month, DTE Vice Chairman Dave Meador announced he will retire in March after 25 years with the company. Meador also is DTE’s chief administrative officer.

In recent years, Anderson and Meador have taken on more corporate leadership roles within Michigan’s business community. Meador has co-chaired Mayor Mike Duggan’s workforce development board.

Anderson’s term as chairman of the board of Business Leaders for Michigan ended in December. He was succeeded by Howard Ungerleider, president and CFO of Dow Inc.

Meador and Anderson were instrumental in the creation of the Detroit Regional Partnership, an 11-county economic development organization for Southeast Michigan that has notched some wins in recent years.

Anderson remains chairman of DRP’s board of directors.

“Michigan has strong corporate leaders, but Gerry Anderson stands out among them as one of the very best,” DRP CEO Maureen Donohue Krauss said in a statement. “He’s served as a transformational leader at the company and rallied the regional business community around a vision for how to build a more prosperous Detroit region.”

Early in the pandemic, Anderson organized a group of executives representing the business, university and health care sectors who advised Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on how to reopen the state’s economy following her shutdowns in March 2020 to mitigate spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The Michigan Economic Recovery Council, co-chaired by Anderson, was influential in shaping Whitmer’s gradual business reopening plans in 2020.

Anderson also chairs the board of the Edison Electric Institute, a industry trade group that represents investor-owned electric companies.

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