DTE Energy Announces Senior Leadership Changes: DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) Friday announced promotions and leadership development moves that include Peter Oleksiak being named senior vice president of finance and James Tompkins being named vice president, effective Sept. 1. Oleksiak will be responsible for controllers, investor relations, treasury and trading risk management for DTE Energy. Tompkins will assume responsibility for enterprise risk management along with his role as general auditor. Oleksiak, 46, joined DTE Energy in 1998 and has worked in a number of increasingly responsible financial positions until becoming assistant controller and controller, both in 2005. Prior to DTE Energy, Oleksiak held a variety of financial analyst and supervisory positions with Chrysler Corp. Tompkins, 56, joined DTE Energy in 2002 as managing director of corporate finance. He became general auditor in 2004. Before joining the company, he was treasurer of Metaldyne Corp. and a certified public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. In other organizational moves, Dan Brudzynski , vice president of regulatory affairs, will assume the position of vice president and treasurer; and Nick Khouri, vice president and treasurer, will assume Brudzynski’s position of vice president of regulatory affairs. In his new position, Brudzynski will oversee Investor Relations. Donna England, director of technical accounting, also has been appointed chief accounting officer. In her new role, she will be responsible for accounting operations, financial performance excellence and the controller function at DTE Energy’s Power & Industrial and Energy Trading subsidiaries.
Automation Alley’s Karol Friedman Promoted: Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced that Karol Friedman has been promoted to the new full-time position of talent development specialist. Friedman will continue to operate in her former role as the IT Career Pathways employment coordinator until August 2012, when the grant funding this program expires. Friedman’s new responsibilities involve the development and implementation of long-term strategies and services to ensure that Southeast Michigan technology businesses have access to a highly skilled and diverse workforce. Her role includes managing Automation Alley’s new Technical Talent Development Program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration H1B Technical Skills Training Grant. She also will be conducting business impact assessments using Business Solutions Professional tools and training. Friedman began her employment at Automation Alley in November 2010 on a part-time basis, simultaneously working as an adjunct counselor at Oakland Community College. Prior to joining Automation Alley, she served as vice president of career development and employment services at JVS (Jewish Vocational Service) from 1991-2008 and as Michigan region director at ORT America from 2008-2009. As Automation Alley’s IT Career Pathways employment coordinator, Friedman was tasked with advising students by providing career guidance and job readiness training. The IT Career Pathways (ITCP) program provides eligible youth and dislocated workers with information technology training and industry-recognized certifications as well as career training and employment assistance. ITCP began as a pilot program serving nine trainees. It has grown to serve 99 active students, who have earned a total of 214 certifications. The ITCP program is made possible by a $428,000 grant funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration. Friedman currently serves as staff liaison to Automation Alley’s Education and Workforce Committee, along with Director of Talent Development Alysia Green. A licensed professional counselor (LPC) by the state of Michigan and a certified Business Solutions Professional (cBSP) through Michigan State University, Friedman holds a Master of Arts in rehabilitation counseling from Ohio State University and a Bachelor of Science in industrial psychology from Michigan State University. For more information, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit automationalley.com.