New Directors Announced for Chamber Board, Schlichting to Lead


DETROIT — The Detroit Regional Chamber has announced the election of Nancy M. Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System, as chair of its Board of Directors for the 2012-2013 program year. She succeeds Chip McClure, chairman, CEO and president of Meritor, Inc, who remains on the Chamber’s Board as immediate past chair.

“What an honor it is to serve this Board and this community as a part of the Detroit Regional Chamber,” Schlichting said. “It is a critical time for our region, state and country. I think the opportunities we have with the Chamber to make a big difference are exceedingly important. There’s momentum in this city and in this region that we haven’t had in a long time.”

Most recently, Schlichting served as chair of the Chamber’s 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, the state’s premier public policy event, where approximately 1,500 top business, political and community leaders from across the state gathered to focus on creating a more globally and economically competitive Michigan. Under Schlichting, the Conference featured many prominent regional change-makers and national speakers and focused on collaboration, innovation and the 21st century global marketplace.

The 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference, which will be held from Wednesday, May 29 to Friday, May 31, will be chaired by the Chamber’s First Vice Chairman Joseph L. Welch, chairman, president and CEO of ITC Holdings Corp.

In addition to announcing the new chair, the Chamber welcomes the following new directors to the Board:

Brett Bernard, President, Michigan Market, Bank of America

Randall Book, Senior Vice President, Colliers International

Timothy Bryan, Chairman and CEO, GalaxE.Solutions

Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP

John Fikany, Vice President, U.S. Commercial Sector, Microsoft, Inc.

Rick Going, President, Michigan Division, The Kroger Company

Tricia Keith, Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Services, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

George Lenyo, Partner, Ernst & Young

Ryan Maibach, President, Barton Malow Company

Kevin McKervey, Shareholder of International Services, Clayton McKervey PLLC

Mike Miller, Director, Business and Industrial Markets and Ann Arbor Office, Google, Inc.

Patricia Mooradian, President, The Henry Ford

Brian O’Connell, Regional Director State Government Relations, General Motors

Heather Paquette, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

Stephen Polk, Chairman, President and CEO, R.L. Polk

“We added some tremendous leaders to our Board. Their vision and commitment to our region will help drive the Chamber’s efforts to moving the economic needle in Southeast Michigan,” said Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah. “I look forward to working with them in the upcoming year to move our city and region forward.”

For a full listing of Chamber Board members, visit

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