Governance

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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BILL FORD TO RETIRE AS CHAIR OF DETROIT ECONOMIC CLUB; DTE ENERGY'S GERRY ANDERSON TO TAKE REINS

DETROIT (February 23, 2017)

The Detroit Economic Club (DEC) today announced Bill Ford, Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman, will retire as volunteer Chair after serving the DEC for more than 12 years.   Gerry Anderson, DTE Energy Chairman and CEO, will succeed Ford in the Club’s leadership role.

“I believe strongly in the mission of the Detroit Economic Club as it serves as a point of pride and promise for Detroit and plays an important role as the region works to reinvent itself,” said Ford.  “I am particularly proud of the progress the Club has made through the Young Leaders program, which is helping engage and develop our next generation of leaders here at home.”

During Ford’s tenure, the DEC  launched the Young Leaders program, the Career Readiness Academy, which helps high school students prepare for the jobs of the future, and expanded the Educational Outreach program, which connects students from the community with the leaders and issues of the day.  During this time, the Club  also hosted The National Summit, a highly successful discussion of ways to revitalize America’s economy.

Ford turns over the reins to Anderson at the Club’s annual Chairman’s Dinner in July at The Henry Ford.  Anderson, a  member of the Club, said  he is looking forward to serving  an organization that has been such a fixture of Detroit, with roots dating to 1934.

“The DEC serves  an important role, especially as a key platform for the discussion of important national and international issues,” Anderson said.  “I am excited about the opportunity to lead the Club’s continued growth and programming during a remarkable time in Detroit’s history.”

Anderson joined DTE Energy from McKinsey in 1993, and was named President in 2005.   He was named CEO in 2010 and Chairman in 2011.  Anderson is involved in various local community and civic activities, serving on the boards of trustees of The Nature Conservancy (Michigan Chapter), The Henry Ford, the McGregor Fund, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Downtown Detroit Partnership and the West Michigan Policy Forum.

In 2002, the Economic Club of Detroit was reborn as the Detroit Economic Club and has been recognized as one of the Top Ten speaking forums in the world.  The Club has long been a valued non-partisan platform for the discussion and debate of important business, government and social issues. With 3,800 current members, including 1,150 Young Leaders, the Club hosts more than 30 events per year, attracting the most prominent speakers to its podium.  Its speakers have ranged from the CEOs of Fortune 100 companies to U.S. Cabinet members and other senior state and national government officials – including every U.S. President since Richard Nixon.

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William Clay Ford, Jr.

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Terence E. Adderley

Executive Chairman & Chairman of the Board

Rod Alberts

Executive Director

Gerard Anderson

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Jim Anderson

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The Honorable Dennis W. Archer

Chairman & CEO

Mary Barra

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The Honorable Sandy Baruah

President & CEO

Jeff Bergeron

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Stephanie Bergeron

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The Honorable Dave Bing

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Linda Blair

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Joan Budden

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Carl Camden

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John C. Carter

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Carolyn Cassin

President & CEO

Beth Chappell

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Tim Codd

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Keith E. Crain

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David C. Dauch

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Richard DeVore

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The Honorable Debbie Dingell

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The Honorable Mike Duggan

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Matthew B. Elliott

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Bill Emerson

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Ed Fernandez

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David Fischer

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David Foltyn

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William Clay Ford, Jr.

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Ralph Gerson

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Dan Gilbert

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Roderick D. Gillum

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Richard Hampson

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Sandra M. Hermanoff

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Rich Homberg

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George W. Hynd, Ed.D

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Christopher Ilitch

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Scott Jecmen

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The Honorable Ruth Johnson

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Hans-Werner Kaas

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Alan Jay Kaufman

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The Honorable Damon Keith

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George N. Lenyo

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Tim Leuliette

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Richard A. Manoogian

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Florine Mark

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Chip McClure

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Mark Mendola

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Dr. Timothy R. Meyer

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Tony Michaels

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Dr. Virinder Moudgil

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Jim Murray

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James B. Nicholson

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Tom O’Brien

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Heather Paquette

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Cynthia Pasky

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The Honorable L. Brooks Patterson

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Roger S. Penske

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Dr. William Pickard

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Sandy Pierce

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Stephen R. Polk

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Bill Popp

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Dr. Keith Pretty

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David T. Provost

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John Rakolta, Jr.

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Mike Ritchie

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Andra Rush

Founder, President & CEO

Dr. Mark Saffer

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Donna Satterfield

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Nancy Schlichting

Dr. Mark Schlissel

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Rich Schwabauer

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Dr. Lou Anna K. Simon

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Matthew Simoncini

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Herbert J. Strather

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Rabbi Daniel E. Syme

Ray Telang

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Ken Whipple

Alan Whitman, CPA

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Dr. M. Roy Wilson

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Jonathan Wolman

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The Honorable Dennis W. Archer

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The Honorable Dave Bing

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William Clay Ford, Jr.

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Peter Karmanos, Jr.

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Richard A. Manoogian

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Florine Mark

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Roger S. Penske

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William Clay Ford, Jr.

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Beth Chappell

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Mary Culler

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Jackie Parker

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