Leadership Forum Panel Announced

March 23, 2017

The University of Michigan Tauber Institute for Global Operations hosts the annual Leadership Forum to provide Tauber students with opportunities to learn directly from current leaders in Operations from top global firms.

A panel discussion offers Tauber students insights about managing the complex fields of Aerospace, Energy, Technology, and Big-Box Retail, while striving to employ sustainable practices in a rapidly evolving business landscape.

2017 Tauber Leadership Forum Panel:

  • Boeing: Ed Petkus, VP Engineering for Airplane Development

    Ed Petkus is currently responsible for engineering of all Boeing Commercial airplane development programs. Some of Petkus' prior roles include Director - deputy chief project engineer for the 787 derivatives program, vice president of Airplane Development and Engineering at Hawker Beechcraft, and Director of Product Development for the 787 program.

  • DTE Energy: Paul Fessler, Sr VP – Chief Nuclear Officer

    Paul Fessler, is Senior Vice President of electrical operations at Detroit Edison, one of three major business units of DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Paul is responsible for the operation of the company’s fossil-fueled electric power plants, including engineering and capital projects. Fessler is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and the American Nuclear Society. Fessler served on various boards for the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), where he was selected as sole U.S. representative for International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) missions to review reactor operations for Russian and East German nuclear reactors.

  • Microsoft: Dan'l Lewin, Corporate VP Technology and Civic Engagement

    Dan'l Lewin is a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, leading the company’s work in applying technology for public good. Collaborating cross-company and with external partners, the team focuses on scalable impact within a portfolio spanning campaign and civic technologies, affordable internet access, environmental sustainability, and collaboration with leading research universities.

  • Walmart: Derrick Thomas, Divisional VP of Supply Chain, Great Lakes Region

    Derrick Thomas is a 24 year veteran in the Logistics industry, with experience in both distribution and transportation. As Divisional Vice President of Walmart's Great Lakes Division, comprised of seven 1.2 million square foot facilities in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, Thomas is responsible for the flow of merchandise to over 700 stores, Sam’s Clubs and Neighborhood Markets, as well as an ecommerce fulfillment operation.

  • U-M Graham Sustainability Institute: Andy Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise & Education Director

    Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment.  Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. Prior to academia, Andy worked for the US Environmental Protection Agency, Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design and the Amoco Corporation.

About Tauber Institute for Global Operations

The Tauber Institute for Global Operations is a joint venture between the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the College of Engineering, and 30 industry partners to facilitate cross-disciplinary education in global operations management. In addition to a broad array of core and elective courses, the innovative LeadershipAdvantageSM Program provides students with the tools to ascend to major operations leadership roles. Well-designed and managed team projects form the cornerstone of the Tauber Institute experience and allow students to apply their knowledge to real-world settings. http://www.tauber.umich.edu