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DTE Energy announces leadership appointment

Staff writer |
Detroit, Mich., USA - March 4, 2016, Detroit, Mich., USA - DTE Energy named Renze Hoeksema to the position of vice president, government affairs, succeeding Fred Shell, who will retire in June.

Since 2012, Mr. Hoeksema, a 30-year veteran of the company, has served as the director, state government affairs, after a successful tenure of leading the company's federal government affairs office in Washington D.C.

Mr. Hoeksema, who joined the company in 1981, has held a variety of management positions with MichCon and DTE responsible for speech writing, media relations, the political action committee, economic development, and local, state and federal government affairs.

Mr. Hoeksema founded the Campaign to Keep America Warm in 1994, and has chaired the Government Affairs Advisory Committees of the American Gas Association, Edison Electric Institute and the Nuclear Energy Institute at different times through his career.

He has served as chair of the Michigan Business Group in Washington, D.C., and currently serves as vice chair of the Nuclear Waste Strategy Coalition, on the Board of Directors of the Public Affairs Council, and on the advisory committee of Michigan's Children's Trust Fund.

He is a graduate of Hope College and Syracuse University; holding a Bachelor of Arts and Master's degrees in Public Administration.

Mr. Shell, who will retire in June, has contributed substantially to the company's positive impact on communities throughout Michigan and in Washington D.C. Mr. Shell's contribution over his nearly 40 year tenure with both MichCon and DTE Energy has positioned the company well to continue its efforts of shaping sustainable energy policy for Michigan.


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