Consumers Energy Revamps Information Technology Team

Consumers Energy in Jackson announced leadership changes in its information technology (IT) department. Tamara Faber, chief digital officer, left the company May 31. Her role was split into two distinct IT functions: strategy and operations.
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Jim Beechey // Photo courtesy of Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy in Jackson announced leadership changes in its information technology (IT) department. Tamara Faber, chief digital officer, left the company May 31. Her role was split into two distinct IT functions: strategy and operations.

Jim Beechey was named vice president of IT and security and chief information officer in February and Aaron Rajda joined the company as vice president of applications and analytics and chief digital officer.

“Jim’s expertise in the compliance, risk, privacy, cyber, and physical security space will set our information technology teams up for success as the two teams are integrated to improve the customer experience,” says Brian Rich, senior vice president and chief customer officer. “I’m thrilled to have Aaron join the company and apply his wealth of experience in global digital product delivery, application management and digital customer experience that aligns well with our customer service vision.”

Aaron Rajda // Photo courtesy of Consumers Energy

Beechey is responsible for the company’s information technology strategy, investments, and operations. He also leads all aspects of physical and cyber security. He previously served as Consumers Energy’s executive director of security. He has also held roles within the company as IT security manager and information security director. Before joining Consumers Energy in 2011, Beechey held several increasingly responsible managerial IT and security roles at Northwood University. 

Beechey holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and business management from Northwood University and a master’s degree in information security engineering from the SANS Technology Institute.

Aaron came to Consumers Energy after serving more than 20 years at Ford Motor Co. holding several increasingly responsible leadership positions. Aaron joined Ford as its senior manager of business systems before serving as an IT executive director leading global technology teams that supported multiple business units and functional skill teams. He most recently held a leadership role in Ford’s digital marketing, sales and customer products area, where he delivered complex, high-value digital customer solutions. 

Rajda earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from Wayne State University and master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.