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Winter 2017 Commencement Speaker

JoAnn Chávez is vice president, legal and chief tax officer for DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE), 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 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. 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.

Chávez has over 25 years of tax experience and is currently responsible for overseeing DTE Energy’s tax compliance, tax strategy and policy, corporate security, as well the commercial and securities, finance and governance, and non-utility legal practice groups.

Previously, Chávez served as an international tax partner for KPMG LLP with experience serving large multinational clients. Chávez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame.

Chávez has been with DTE Energy since 2007 and currently serves on the DTE Energy Foundation Board and the DTE Energy Investment Committee. Chávez has spent her career supporting women and Hispanic initiatives in the community and currently serves as follows: Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, the Michigan Hispanic Fund President, Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council and the University of Michigan School of Education Dean’s Advisory Council. Chávez has been recognized by the Latino Who’s Who for her achievements in advancing the culture of the Latino American business community, and is a frequent speaker in the Hispanic community.

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