Career ladder: Poppe, 47, earned her undergraduate and master's degrees in industrial engineering at Purdue University before working for GM in a variety of plant management positions. She joined DTE Energy as power plant director and was director of energy optimization. In 2011, Poppe started at Jackson-based Consumers Energy as vice president of customer experience, then became senior vice president, distribution operations, engineering and transmission. Now she is CEO- and president-elect. Her new position is effective July 1.
Power metrics: Consumers is Michigan's largest energy company and principal subsidiary of parent company CMS. It provides natural gas and electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. CMS has 7,800 employees, 7,400 of whom are Consumers Energy employees.
Super power: "My ability to ask a lot of questions and learn quickly. I've had a variety of assignments and moved around a lot, so I can get up to speed quickly."
Big win: Finding her way to CMS Energy, which is in her hometown of Jackson. "In fact, my father was an engineer for Consumers Energy."
Recently learned: How to climb a 40-foot-high substation structure in proper fall-and-arrest equipment. "I was grateful I did not need to use the equipment."
Board/community connections: Michigan Women's Foundation-Power of 100 Women and the Detroit Regional Chamber, Business Leaders for Michigan; advisory boards for the Jackson Symphony Orchestra and Purdue University Society of Women Engineers Industrial.
Power lesson: Being effective rather than being right. "I learned there are times I am right, but not effective. More can be achieved by harnessing the power of others."
Surprising fact: "My career took me all over the country, and I ended up living next to my sister who lives next to our dad."
Best mentor: Herb Stone, plant manager at GM. "I learned from him that good leaders walk around."
How you assist other women in your company, in your community, in the world: "I have always been involved in professional women's groups. I find strength in surrounding myself with extraordinary women. Those women who came before me taught me, and I need to pay it forward."
Changes you have seen in how women wield power in Michigan or in your industry over the last 10 years: "It's a new dawn for women. At CMS, a third of the board are women and a third of the company officers are women. They are in major operating roles. Ten years ago, this was not true — especially in the energy industry."
Next big goal: That her team at CMS Energy will fulfill the company's promise to the people of Michigan to deliver energy that is safe, clean, reliable and affordable.
Guilty pleasure: Watching "West Wing" reruns.
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