DTE Energy announces several senior executive appointments

DTE Energy today announced several senior executive changes to become effective April 4, 2016.

Steve Kurmas, president and chief operating officer (COO), is appointed vice chairman of DTE Energy. In this new role, Kurmas, who began with MichCon as an engineer, will lead several large-scale projects critical to the company’s future success. Kurmas has announced plans to retire in 2017 after 38 years of service with the company.

Kurmas serves on the board of directors of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and YMCA Southeast Michigan. He is also treasurer of the board of directors of the Engineering Society of Detroit and the Michigan Economic Development Foundation.

Jerry Norcia, president and COO of DTE Electric and Gas Storage and Pipelines, has been named president and COO for DTE Energy, succeeding Kurmas. Norcia will be responsible for the strategic oversight and operation of DTE’s electric and gas businesses, Major Enterprise Projects and Customer Service. He also will lead the company’s non-utility Gas Storage and Pipelines and Power and Industrial businesses.

Norcia joined DTE Energy in 2002. During his tenure, he has grown DTE’s midstream business from a small business to one that is projected to earn $170 million by 2020. While leading the customer service and electric business, Norcia has driven a customer-focused effort, leveraging major investments to dramatically improve electric reliability and customer service levels. Norcia serves on the board of directors for Invest Detroit and is a trustee for The Skillman Foundation.

Trevor Lauer, senior vice president, Distribution Operations, is appointed president and COO, DTE Electric. Lauer succeeds Norcia and will be responsible for leading the company’s largest business unit, DTE Electric.

Lauer joined DTE Energy in 2005, and has led a number of initiatives to improve overall reliability of the company’s distribution system, while keeping energy costs affordable and below the national average. Lauer is active on several boards, including the Cranbrook Educational Community, the Detroit Regional Chamber Foundation and the Parade Company.