Business Leaders For Michigan Announces New Officers


DETROIT, Mich., February 18, 2010 – Business Leaders for Michigan announced today the election of David Joos, president & CEO of CMS Energy, as chair of its Board of Directors. Joos succeeds David Brandon, who will step down as chairman effective March 1, 2010. Elected as first vice chair of the Board was Michael Jandernoa of Perrigo Company.

Sandra Pierce, president & CEO of Charter One Bank, Michigan and Midwest Regional Executive, replaces Michael Jandernoa as a vice chair of the board, joining other vice chairs: Jeff Fettig, chairman & CEO of Whirlpool Corporation; William Clay Ford, Jr., executive chairman of Ford Motor Company and James Nicholson, president & CEO of PVS Chemicals, Inc.

The following individuals were elected to the Business Leaders Board of Directors:

  • Robert S. Cubbin, president & CEO, Meadowbrook Insurance Group
  • J. Patrick Doyle, president, Domino’s Pizza
  • Yousif B. Ghafari, founder and chairman, Ghafari Associates, LLC
  • Cathleen H. Nash, president & CEO, Citizens Republic Bancorp
  • Brad Simmons, director, Office of the Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
  • Michelle Van Dyke, regional president & CEO, Fifth Third Bank

A full list of the Business Leaders for Michigan board of directors can be found on the Business Leaders for Michigan website.

About Business Leaders for Michigan

Business Leaders for Michigan ( is a private, non-profit executive leadership organization dedicated to making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for job and economic growth. The organization is composed exclusively of the chairpersons, chief executives or most senior executives of Michigan’s largest companies and universities, which provide over 300,000 jobs in Michigan, generate over $1 Trillion in annual revenue and serve over 130,000 students. The organization’s work is defined by the Michigan Turnaround Plan, a holistic, fact-based strategy to get Michigan’s economy back on track. Visit for more information.

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