Partnering with Supplier Diversity Professionals to Leverage Success

CSDP Member at Large

John H. Eley is the senior manager of Procurement Operations for DTE Energy. He is responsible for supplier diversity and the supplier pre-qualifications programs, as well as identifying potential diverse suppliers and developing business opportunities within the various DTE Energy business units of fossil generation, distribution operations, nuclear generation, gas operations, corporate services and non-regulated entities.

Eley has helped develop a DTE Energy Mentorship program that encourages all DTE Energy business units to actively participate in mentoring current or potential diverse suppliers with opportunities within their business unit and provide change management and continuous improvement support. He is a member of DTE Energy’s supplier diversity external Executive Advisory Council comprised of DTE Energy executives, community leaders and diverse suppliers.

Eley joined DTE Energy in 2008. Prior to joining DTE Energy, he held the position of Supply Chain Site Administrator for Sinai-Grace Hospital and manager of Supplier Diversity for the Detroit Medical Center with the responsibility of managing their minority and women based enterprise supplier purchases and development. He also held various positions with General Motors in their manufacturing, purchasing and supplier diversity business areas.

Eley earned a bachelor’s of science degree in business administration and marketing from Norfolk State University, a master’s of science degree in business management from Central Michigan University, and completed studies in strategic planning from the Wharton School of Business – University of Pennsylvania.

Eley is a member of the Center for Economic Empowerment and Development (CEED) Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He serves as a representative to the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) Supplier Diversity Committee and is a member of The Conference Board (TCB) Supplier Diversity Leadership Council and the Council of Supplier Diversity Professionals (CSDP). He was awarded the Rainbow Push’s Bridge Builders Award in 2010 and also named one of the Top 75 leading men in Corporate Supplier Diversity by MBN USA magazine in 2013.

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