Detroit-based DTE Energy has selected JoAnn Chávez as its new senior vice president and chief legal officer. She will be responsible for the Office of the General Counsel, ethics and compliance, and corporate security.
“Throughout her time at DTE, JoAnn has applied a strategic focus that has produced significant business value and, coupled with her experience and knowledge of DTE, makes her uniquely qualified for this role,” says Jerry Norcia, president and CEO of DTE Energy. “JoAnn is a talented executive who embodies DTE’s commitment to the communities we serve.”
In addition to her DTE responsibilities, Chávez is also founder of the Michigan Hispanic Collaborative, a nonprofit that focuses on economic equity and works to provides opportunities for first-generation Hispanic students to graduate from college.
She also serves on the Cristo Rey Network and the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute boards of directors. Recently, she was appointed by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the State of Michigan Women’s Commission.
Chávez will replace current senior vice president and general counsel, Bruce Peterson, in Jan. 2020 when he retires. Chávez will report to Norcia.
DTE’s electric company serves 2.2 million customers in southeast Michigan, and its natural gas company serves 1.3 million customers in Michigan. DTE aspires to achieve net zero carbon by 2050.