The DTE Energy Ventures team is a seasoned group of professionals with a broad mix of energy industry experience and technology expertise. As experienced and successful investors in energy technology, we understand what it takes to be successful as well as what pitfalls to avoid. As part of a 100+ year old energy company with business activities ranging from gas midstream to power and industrial projects, we have our finger on the pulse of the energy industry as well as a wealth of internal resources on which to draw.
In addition to his role as Senior Vice President of DTE Energy Resources leading the Corporate Strategy and Mergers & Acquisition group, Simonsen serves as the President of DTE Energy Ventures.
Prior to DTE Energy, Knut was a management consultant with McKinsey & Co. in Dallas, TX where he served the energy industry as a project manager at Texaco where he focused on alternative energy investments.
Knut earned an M.B.A. from Columbia University in New York with a concentration in Finance, and a B.S. degree in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A & M University.
Ganesh "Ananth" Ananthasubramaniam
Ananth Ananthasubramaniam joined the group in 1995, and leads DTE Energy Venture's investments. He has been on the board as a director or an observer of a number of portfolio companies.
Prior to joining DTE Energy, Ananth was a management consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton and EDS.
Ananth has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Madras, an M.S. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Florida, and an M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Gunyan "Mark" Zhu
Mark Zhu is an investment professional focusing on renewable energy and energy efficiency. He is involved in deal origination, deal screening, due diligence, and contract review with DTE Energy legal and finance groups.
Prior to joining DTE Energy, Mark worked as an advanced process control engineer for Praxair and led the systems engineering teams on the development of on-site fuel cell and geothermal power plant products at United Technologies.
Mark received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida, a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Louisiana State University, and an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jeff Crusey is an investment professional at DTE Energy Ventures. Prior to joining DTE Energy Ventures, Jeff was an Investment Banking Associate in the Biomedical Group at Crystal Cove Capital, where he led numerous advisory and capital raising assignments.
Jeff earned a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.