DTE Energy’s Heather Rivard elected to international association’s board of directors

DETROIT, Nov. 7, 2017 — Heather Rivard, senior vice president of Distribution Operations at DTE Energy, Michigan’s largest energy company, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC) for 2018.

Rivard has been at DTE for nearly 25 years and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s electrical system, including new customer connections, system and reliability planning, electrical engineering, construction, tree trimming and emergency responsiveness. She has held a variety of leadership positions across Distribution Operations throughout her career. In addition, she has served in other areas of DTE such as strategic planning, customer service, procurement, warehousing, fleet and facilities operations. Rivard earned a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering and a master of business administration degree, both from University of Michigan.

“AEIC is honored to have Heather as a new member of our Board of Directors,” said Terry Waters, AEIC executive director.  “Her broad experience in the electric energy industry, coupled with her service on our Power Delivery Committee, position Heather well to be a valuable contributor to our leadership team.  I’m confident that she will find her service on our Board to be a valuable and gratifying experience.”

AEIC was founded by Thomas Edison and his associates in 1885 and is one of the most experienced associations in the electric energy industry. It has about 169 member companies, including investor-owned, federal, state cooperative and municipal systems from the United States and four other countries. AEIC member companies share best practices and technical information to solve challenges and improve energy companies worldwide.

About DTE Energy

DTE Energy (NYSE:DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio includes non-utility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading.  As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress. Information about DTE Energy is available at, and

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