Governance

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The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) today announced its Board of Directors has selected Steve Grigorian as the Club’s President and Chief Executive Officer, effective on a date to be determined in the Fall of 2017. Grigorian has served as the Club’s Chief Operating Officer since 2004.

Current Club President and CEO Beth Chappell announced earlier this year that she will leave the Club, which she has led since 2002, by the end of the 2017 to become Executive Chairwoman of RediMinds, Inc. a data strategy, engineering and innovation firm she co-founded in 2016.

“After interviewing several very qualified candidates, we realized that the best professional for the job was already inside our organization,” said James B. Nicholson, Chairman of PVS Chemicals, who chaired the Board’s search committee. “Steve has been instrumental in building the Club to its current heights and will continue to grow the organization as its CEO.”

Club Chairman Gerry Anderson, President and CEO of DTE Energy, credits Grigorian for his roles in building the Club’s successful Young Leader and student programs, while managing the operations for dozens of events per year, “Steve has a vision for the future of the DEC and we look forward to working with him to continue the momentum that has kept the Club among the highest ranked speaking forums anywhere.”

“I am honored to be chosen to lead this venerable institution that is so vitally important to this city, region, state and nation,” said Grigorian.  “I thank Beth Chappell for her leadership, guidance and mentorship during our 13 years together. I appreciate the opportunity to work with DEC Chairman Gerry Anderson and our Board to ensure the Club continues as a point of pride for Detroit for generations to come.”

Beth Chappell

Detroit Economic Club Members and Friends:

After 15 wonderful years at the helm it is time for me to bid the DEC a fond farewell.  When my successor is chosen and the transition complete, I will leave the Club to work full-time at RediMinds Inc., a data strategy, engineering and innovation firm I co-founded last year with my son-in-law, Madhu Reddiboina.  Until then I will happily continue at the DEC.

I love the Detroit Economic Club and have loved my years as President and CEO.  It has been a privilege and a pleasure to serve in this role.  The Club is in great shape, thanks to the leadership and support from DEC Chairman Bill Ford, the board, and all of you.  It is a perfect time for me to begin the next chapter of my career.

The DEC board has formed a search committee to find my successor.

Finally, do not think that you can be rid of me!  I have been a DEC member for 27 years, far longer than being its CEO.  I plan on doing whatever I can to support DEC Incoming Chairman, Gerry Anderson, the new CEO and the DEC team as they take the Club to new heights!

Thanks and best,

Beth Signature (2)

 

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Chairman of the board

Gerard M. Anderson

Chairman, President & CEO

 

Board of Directors

NameCompany

Terence E. Adderley

Executive Chairman & Chairman of the Board

Rod Alberts

Executive Director

Jim Anderson

Founder, President & CEO

Linda Apsey

President & CEO

The Honorable Dennis W. Archer

Chairman & CEO

Mary Barra

Chairman & CEO

The Honorable Sandy Baruah

President & CEO

Jeff Bergeron

Partner, Non-Executive Chairman

Stephanie Bergeron

President & CEO

The Honorable Dave Bing

Founder

Joan Budden

President & CEO

John C. Carter

President, Michigan Middle Market

Carolyn Cassin

President & CEO

Beth Chappell

President & CEO

Tim Codd

Founder, President & CEO

Keith E. Crain

Chairman

David C. Dauch

Chairman, President & CEO

Mark Davidoff (Honorary)

Michigan Managing Partner

Richard DeVore

Executive Vice President and Regional President, Detroit and Southeast Michigan

The Honorable Debbie Dingell

Congresswoman

Mark A. Douglas

President

The Honorable Mike Duggan

Mayor

Matthew B. Elliott

Michigan State President, Market Executive - Global Commercial Banking

Bill Emerson

Vice Chairman

Ed Fernandez

Divisional GM, E.W. Scripps VP & General Manager

John Fikany

David Fischer

Chairman & CEO

David Foltyn

Chairman & CEO

Bill Ford

Executive Chairman

Mindi Fynke

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Ralph Gerson

Ambassador Yousif B. Ghafari

Chairman

Dan Gilbert

Chairman & Founder

Roderick D. Gillum

Stakeholder

Richard Hampson

President

Sandra M. Hermanoff

President & CEO

Rich Homberg

President & CEO

Christopher Ilitch

President & CEO

Scott Jecmen

Office Managing Director for Michigan; North America Managing Director – Healthcare Technology Practice

The Honorable Ruth Johnson

Secretary of State

Hans-Werner Kaas

Senior Partner

Peter Karmanos, Jr.

Chairman

Alan Jay Kaufman

Chairman, President & CEO

The Honorable Damon Keith

Judge

Peter Kellett

Chairman & CEO

Meredith Krupic

Senior Vice President - Michigan

George N. Lenyo

Office Managing Partner

Tim Leuliette

President & CEO

David Baker Lewis

Senior Shareholder

Andrew Liveris

Chairman & CEO

Daniel Loepp

President & CEO

Ben Maibach III

Vice Chairman and Chief Community Officer

Richard A. Manoogian

Chairman Emeritus

Florine Mark

President & CEO

Chip McClure

Managing Partner

Mark Mendola

Vice Chairman - U.S. Tax Leader

Tony Michaels

President & CEO

Dr. Virinder Moudgil

President & CEO

Jim Murray

President

James B. Nicholson

Chairman

Tom O’Brien

VP Market Manager

Heather Paquette

Managing Partner

Cynthia Pasky

Founder, President & CEO

The Honorable L. Brooks Patterson

Oakland County Executive

Roger S. Penske

Chairman

Dr. William Pickard

Chairman & CEO

Sandy Pierce

Chairman - Huntington Michigan, Private Banking and Regional Banking Director

Stephen R. Polk

Chairman, President & CEO

Bill Popp

Vice President - Global Manufacturing Sales

Dr. Keith Pretty

President & CEO

Brian Priester

President

Jim Proppe

Managing Partner

David T. Provost

Vice Chairman

John Rakolta, Jr.

Chairman & CEO

Mike Ritchie

President

Andra Rush

Founder, President & CEO

Dr. Mark Saffer

President

Nancy Schlichting

Dr. Mark Schlissel

President

Rich Schwabauer

President & Owner

Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon

President

Matthew Simoncini

President & CEO

Herbert J. Strather

Chief Executive Officer

Rabbi Daniel E. Syme

Ray Telang

Greater Michigan Market Managing Partner

Dr. Anthony Tersigni

President & CEO

Jim Tish

Partner - Audit Services

James Verrier

President & CEO

Ken Whipple

Alan Whitman, CPA

Chairman & CEO

Dr. M. Roy Wilson

President

Jonathan Wolman

Editor & Publisher

The Honorable Dennis W. Archer

Chairman & CEO

The Honorable Dave Bing

Founder

Gerard M. Anderson

Chairman, President & CEO

Peter Karmanos, Jr.

Chairman

Richard A. Manoogian

Chairman Emeritus

Florine Mark

President & CEO

Roger S. Penske

Chairman

Chairman of the board

Gerard M. Anderson

Chairman, President & CEO

President & CEO

Beth Chappell

President & CEO

Vice President

Mary Culler

Director, Office of the Executive Chairman

VICE PRESIDENT

W. Frank Fountain

President

Vice President

Lisa Muschong

Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief of Staff

Vice President

Terry Rhadigan

Executive Director, Project and Technology Communications

SECRETARY

David Baker Lewis

Senior Shareholder

TREASURER

Mark Mendola

Vice Chairman - U.S. Tax Leader

LEGAL COUNSEL

Duane Tarnacki

Beth Chappell

President & CEO

bchappell@econclub.org

Steve Grigorian

Chief Operating Officer

sgrigorian@econclub.org

Daniel Klauza

Director, Finance & Administration

dklauza@econclub.org

Matt Valant

Manager, Sponsor & Student Programs

mvalant@econclub.org

Joann Vergote

Executive Assistant & Meetings Manager

jvergote@econclub.org

Kyle Knopp

Digital Marketing Coordinator

kknopp@econclub.org

Derian Shaffer

Member Services Coordinator

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