NextEnergy CEO Jean Redfield to step down
Crain’s Detroit Business
January 21, 2018
When Jean Redfield (left) steps down as CEO of NextEnergy, Jim Saber will step in as leader. Angella Durkin (right) is promoted to a new COO role.
Jean Redfield is stepping down from her longtime role of leading technology accelerator nonprofit NextEnergy.
Redfield, 59, will be replaced by Jim Saber, vice president of business and technology development, in the CEO role, effective March 2. Angella Durkin is also being promoted from vice president of finance and administration to the newly-formed role of COO as part of the transition.
Redfield joined NextEnergy, a Detroit-based economic development organization focused on accelerating the region’s advanced energy and mobility industries, in 2010 as the vice president of public policy programs before becoming CEO in 2012 to help expand the organization’s reputation, Maria Thompson, NextEnergy’s board chair.
“When Jean joined NextEnergy, she agreed to spend three to five years to help elevate NextEnergy to the next level,” Thompson said in a news release. “She has led NextEnergy’s evolution from a state economic development resource to a nationally-recognized incubator and accelerator for energy and mobility technologies.”
Redfield will join Warren-based Fordsell Machine Products Co., a precision-machining manufacturing supplier she co-owns with her husband.
Under Redfield, NextEnergy become a member of the Incubatenergy Network, a consortium of the top clean energy incubators in the U.S.; launched two NextChallenge events focused on connected cities; earned a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy; earned two Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator grants.
Prior to joining NextEnergy, Redfield served as the associate vice president of marketing for DTE Energy Co. and was a consultant with McKinsey and Co.
Saber, 54, has been with NextEnergy since 2004. Prior, he served as a business development executive at hydrogen battery cell maker Millennium Cell Inc.
“NextEnergy is looking to continue its momentum under Jim’s leadership,” Thompson said in the release. “Jim has extensive experience, passion and relationships in the energy and automotive industries.”