Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, DTE Energy
Paul Hillegonds is senior vice president of corporate affairs at DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Hillegonds oversees DTE Energy’s governmental relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels as well as external and internal communications. Hillegonds also is responsible for overseeing the company’s regulatory affairs, and environmental management and resources organizations.
Hillegonds served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1979 to 1996. During his tenure, he held leadership posts including Republican leader, Co-Speaker of the House and Speaker of the House. From 1997 to 2005 he served as president of Detroit Renaissance, a non-profit, civic group of Southeast Michigan business leaders. The organization focuses its efforts on economic development and public policy issues.
Hillegonds earned a law degree from Thomas Cooley Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of Michigan.