Mr. Ewing served as Vice Chairman of DTE Energy Company (“DTE”), a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide, from November 2005 to December 2006. Two of DTE’s subsidiaries are DTE Electric Company (formerly known as Detroit Edison), one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, and DTE Gas Company (formerly known as Michigan Consolidated Gas Company, or “MichCon”), one of the nation’s largest natural gas local distribution companies. Mr. Ewing also had responsibility for DTE’s exploration and production subsidiary, DTE Gas Resources, with operations in the Antrim and Barnett Shale. He was also, at various times, Group President of the Gas Division at DTE, President and Chief Operating Officer of MCN Energy Group, Inc. (the then parent of MichCon and a company which had utility, pipeline and storage, and exploration and production businesses) and President and Chief Executive Officer of MichCon, until it was acquired by DTE. He was also Chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Gas Association for 2006, a member of the National Petroleum Council, and Chairman of the Midwest Gas Association and the Natural Gas Vehicle Coalition. He is a past Trustee and past Chairman of the Board of The Skillman Foundation, a not-for-profit foundation focused on providing education for low-income children, immediate past Chairman of the Auto Club of Michigan and immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Auto Club Group (“AAA”). Mr. Ewing, 72, has been a Company director since 2007.
With his extensive background in executive management at energy companies with regulated businesses, Mr. Ewing provides valuable perspective on the Company’s operations. Through his senior leadership positions at MichCon, MCN Energy and, ultimately, DTE, he has expertise in managing pipeline and utility northern U.S. natural gas operations. This experience, coupled with his oversight of DTE’s exploration and production subsidiary’s operations in the Antrim and Barnett Shale, provides the Board with significant insight into the Company’s integrated operations. In addition, his current position as a director of another northern energy company, CMS Energy, provides a current perspective on natural gas regulation. Mr. Ewing is the Company’s Lead Independent Director.