Lynne Ellyn

Lynne Ellyn is a Cutter Consortium Fellow. She retired in 2011 as the Senior VP and CIO at DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company. During her 32 years in IT, Ms. Ellyn managed organizations with as many as 1,200 employees. She has deep experience with large established corporations, global software teams, and startups.

During her years as a CIO, Ms. Ellyn was consistently recognized as an exceptional business and IT leader. In 2002, Crain's Detroit Business named her as one of the "100 Most Influential Women Business Leaders" in the metropolitan Detroit area, while the Association for Women in Computing awarded her one of the "Top Michigan Women in Computing" in 2003. In 2004, CORP! named Ms. Ellyn one of Michigan's "Top Business Women," while Computerworld named her a "Premier 100 IT Leader" in 2005. In 2007, Baseline named her one of the "Top 100 CIOs" in the country.

Ms. Ellyn worked her way through the IT industry, beginning as a programmer. She has held systems analyst, project leader, knowledge engineer, and systems architect positions. She combines a strong hands-on technical background with an equally strong knowledge of all aspects of business. She has successfully held leadership positions in five industries: healthcare, automotive, high-tech, consulting, and energy.

In 2012, Ms. Ellyn completed a postgraduate certificate in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership with Middlesex University in Manchester, UK. After a 32-year career in IT, she now focuses on leadership coaching, team development, IT strategy, public speaking, and consulting for the Cutter Consortium. She also does equine-facilitated leadership training. (More information about equine-facilitated leadership training can be found at

Ms. Ellyn is passionate about building high-performance teams, coaching leaders for high performance, and managing complex business requirements. In addition to her postgraduate study in neuroscience and leadership, Ms. Ellyn has a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and an executive MBA from Michigan State University. She can be reached at