W. Frank Fountain and Ruth G. Shaw join DTE Energy board


W. Frank Fountain and Ruth G. Shaw have been elected to the DTE Energy Board of Directors. Fountain is senior vice president of external affairs and public policy at DaimlerChrysler, responsible for maintaining and coordinating DaimlerChrysler’s interface with state and local governments across the United States. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Hampton University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. He also holds honorary doctorate degrees from Central Michigan University and Eastern Michigan University.

Shaw recently retired from Duke Energy, where she served as executive advisor to the company’s chairman, president and CEO. She joined the company in 1992 and held a number of executive positions, including president of the Duke Energy Foundation, president and CEO of Duke Power Co. and president of Duke Nuclear. Shaw holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from East Carolina University, and a doctorate in higher educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a University Fellow.

DTE Energy is a diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include Detroit Edison, an electric utility serving 2.2 million customers in Southeastern Michigan, and MichCon, a natural gas utility serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan.