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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Russell

61 2016 Chairman of the Board

Patricia Poppe

50 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Rejji Hayes

44 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Brian Rich

43 2017 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Shaun Johnson

2019 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Jean Brossoit

51 2017 Senior Vice President

Catherine Hendrian

50 2017 Senior Vice President

Brandon Hofmeister

42 2017 Senior Vice President

Venkat Rao

48 2016 Senior Vice President

Garrick Rochow

44 2016 Senior Vice President

Glenn Barba

53 2003 Vice President, Controller, Chief Accounting Officer

William Harvey

70 2016 Presiding Independent Director

Jon Barfield

67 2005 Independent Director

Deborah Butler

64 2015 Independent Director

Kurt Darrow

64 2013 Independent Director

Stephen Ewing

75 2009 Independent Director

Suzanne Shank

57 2019 Independent Director

Myrna Soto

50 2015 Independent Director

John Sznewajs

51 2015 Independent Director

Laura Wright

59 2013 Independent Director

TRAVIS UPHAUS

2018 Director Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

John Russell

Mr. John G. Russell has been re-designated as Chairman of the Board of the Company. He served from May 2010 to July 2016 as president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy and president and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy. Prior to that he served from October 2004 to May 2010 as president and chief operating officer of Consumers Energy; he served from December 2001 to July 2004 as executive vice president and president and chief executive officer—electric of Consumers Energy; and from July 2004 to October 2004 as executive vice president and president—electric and gas of Consumers Energy. He serves on the board of Hubbell Incorporated. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since May 2010. Russell is qualified to serve on the Board based on the knowledge and experience acquired throughout his more than 30 years with Consumers Energy. He has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the utility. His vast experience within the regulated utility industry, hands-on experience and the leadership positions he has held have provided him with a perspective from which the Board greatly benefits. He currently serves on the board of Grand Valley State University. Russell previously served as a director on the boards of Business Leaders for Michigan, The Right Place, Inc., the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the American Gas Association and Edison Electric Institute.

Patricia Poppe

Ms. Patricia K. Poppe has been re-designated as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. Prior to that, she served since March 2015 as senior vice president of distribution operations, engineering and transmission for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, with overall responsibility for Consumers Energy’s electric and natural gas distribution systems, energy operations and electric transmission. Prior to that, she served since January 2011 as vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation of Consumers Energy. She has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since May 2016. Poppe is qualified to serve on the Board based on her experience and knowledge gained in the utility and automotive industries. She has extensive utility knowledge, including customer experience and satisfaction, rates and regulation, generation, and distribution. The Board benefits from Poppe’s prior leadership roles with DTE Energy, including overseeing five electric generating facilities, and her experience holding a variety of plant management positions in the automotive industry. She currently serves on the boards of the Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber, American Gas Association and Edison Electric Institute.

Rejji Hayes

Mr. Rejji P. Hayes is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Hayes Prior to joining CMS Energy and Consumers, Mr. Hayes was executive vice president and CFO for ITC Holdings Corp., a non-affiliated company, from May 2014 through November 2016. Mr. Hayes started with ITC Holdings Corp. in 2012 as vice president of finance and treasurer.

Brian Rich

Mr. Brian F. Rich is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Prior to joining CMS Energy and Consumers, Mr. Rich was vice president of business technology for Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a non-affiliated company. Mr. Rich started with Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 2010.

Shaun Johnson

Jean Brossoit

Mr. Jean-Francois Brossoit is Senior Vice President of the company. Prior to joining CMS Energy and Consumers, Mr. Brossoit was vice president of manufacturing operations for United Technologies Corp., a non-affiliated company. Mr. Brossoit started with United Technologies Corp. in 2006.

Catherine Hendrian

Mr. Catherine A. Hendrian is Senior Vice President of the company.

Brandon Hofmeister

Mr. Brandon J. Hofmeister is Senior Vice President of the company. Prior to joining CMS Energy and Consumers, Mr. Hofmeister was an assistant professor of law at Wayne State University, a non-affiliated organization. Mr. Hofmeister started with Wayne State University in 2010.

Venkat Rao

Mr. Venkat Dhenuvakonda Rao is Senior Vice President of the Company.

Garrick Rochow

Mr. Garrick J. Rochow is Senior Vice President of the Company.

Glenn Barba

Mr. Glenn P. Barba is Vice President, Controller, Chief Accounting Officer of the Company. He is also is Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Consumers since 2003. As the company’s principal accounting officer, he is responsible for corporate accounting policy, financial and regulatory reporting, accounting operations, internal control, financial forecasting and budget services. Previously, Barba was vice president and controller of Consumers Energy, having joined the utility in June 2001 as controller. From 1997 to June 2001, Barba served as controller of CMS Generation and prior to 1997, he spent nine years in public accounting, focusing on the energy industry. Barba is a certified public accountant and a member of the Michigan Association of CPAs. He is a 1988 graduate of the University of Michigan, earning a master’s degree in accounting concurrently with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Mr. Barba completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program in 2008.

William Harvey

Mr. William D. Harvey is Presiding Independent Director of the Company. He retired in March 2012 as chairman and chief executive officer of Alliant Energy Corporation (“Alliant”) and its two utility subsidiaries, Interstate Power & Light Company and Wisconsin Power & Light Company (“WPL”). Harvey served in those positions since February 2006. Alliant is a Madison, Wisconsin-based public utility holding company, which provides regulated electricity and natural gas services through its subsidiary companies. He is a general partner of Shade Tree Investments Limited Partnership, a private family investment group. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since August 2012. Harvey has served as Presiding Director since May 2016. Harvey brings to the Board legal knowledge and experience, having begun his career as an attorney in private practice and serving as General Counsel of WPL. Harvey’s qualifications for service on the Board include his long-term experience with public utility operations and publicly traded companies, knowledge of customer perspectives, utility and environmental regulations and safety and diversity initiatives. Harvey currently serves as a director of Sentry Insurance Company.

Jon Barfield

Mr. Jon E. Barfield is Independent Director of the Company. He is is president and chief executive officer of LJ Holdings Investment Company LLC, a private investment company. In March 2012, he retired from Bartech Group, Inc. (“Bartech”) where he served since 1981 as president and from 1995 to March 2012 as chairman and president of this industry-leading professional services firm, with headquarters in Southfield, Michigan, delivering talent management, business process outsourcing and managed services provider solutions to Global 1,000 firms. Bartech manages the daily work assignments for more than 120,000 associates and more than $4.7 billion in annual procurement for major employers around the world, making Bartech (now owned by Impellam Group, PLC) one of the largest talent acquisition and managed service provider firms in the United States. During the past five years, Barfield previously served as a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Good Technology Corporation. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since August 2005. Barfield brings to the Board legal knowledge and experience, having practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley Austin LLP. His qualifications to serve as a director stem primarily from his experiences as a senior leader, and his varied service as a director with considerable experience regarding legal risk oversight and risk management, financial reporting, attracting and retaining key talent and related human resources experience, corporate governance, customer service and marketing, and mergers and acquisitions. He served for many years as chairman of the audit committee of the Princeton University Board of Trustees.

Deborah Butler

Ms. Deborah H. Butler is an Independent Director of the Company. She retired in October 2015 as the executive vice president of planning and chief information officer of Norfolk Southern Corporation (“Norfolk Southern”), which is engaged in the rail transportation of raw materials, intermediate products and finished goods. Butler joined Norfolk Southern in 1978 and served in positions of increasing responsibility in operations until being named assistant vice president transportation customer service in 2000 and vice president customer services in 2002, a position she held until her appointment as executive vice president in 2007. She has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since January 2015. Butler’s qualifications for service on the Board include her extensive experience in operations, leadership, customer service, sustainability and environment, safety, regulatory environment, strategic planning and information technology derived from her varying roles at Norfolk Southern. Butler previously served as chairman of the board of Thoroughbred Technology and Telecommunications, LLC, a Norfolk Southern subsidiary, and previously served as a board member of TTX Company, Inc., which provides railcars and related freight car management services to the North American rail industry.

Kurt Darrow

Mr. Kurt L. Darrow is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served since 2003 as the president and chief executive officer of La-Z-Boy Incorporated (“La-Z-Boy”), an integrated furniture retailer and manufacturer. Since joining La-Z-Boy in 1979, he has served in positions of increased responsibility, including president of La-Z-Boy Residential, its largest division. Darrow has served as a board member of La-Z-Boy since 2003 and was elected as chairman of the Board in 2011. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since November 2013. Darrow’s qualifications for service on the Board include his extensive public company experience spanning 39 years, and his thorough strategic, marketing and leadership experience and customer orientation derived from his varying roles at La-Z-Boy, including his current chairman and chief executive officer roles. Darrow is a member of the Business Leaders for Michigan, a non-profit executive leadership organization, and serves on its executive committee. He serves as a member of the ProMedica Board of Trustees and chairman of the ProMedica Monroe Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. Darrow is a former chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance and continues to serve as director emeritus. He served as a Trustee of Adrian College until May 2011.

Stephen Ewing

Mr. Stephen E. Ewing is an Independent Director of the Company. He retired in 2006 as vice chairman of DTE Energy, a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide and from 2001 to 2005 was the Group President of the Gas Division of DTE Energy. He currently serves on the board of National Fuel Gas Company, a diversified energy company. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since July 2009. Ewing brings to the Board valuable hands-on experience in the regulated gas and electric utility business. He was the president and chief executive officer of Michigan Consolidated Gas Company until it was acquired by DTE Energy in 2001. He was the former president and chief operating officer of MCN Energy. During his energy industry career, he also gained in-depth environmental experience related to exploration, production, drilling, mid-stream operations and hybrid vehicles. Ewing is a director of AAA Michigan and also is past chairman of the Auto Club Group. He serves as director of The Auto Club Trust, FSB, which conducts business as AAA Bank, Nebraska. He previously served as chairman of The Skillman Foundation.

Suzanne Shank

Ms. Suzanne F. Shank is an Independent Director of the Company. She has served since 1996 as chief executive officer and a co-founder, and since 2015 as chairwoman, of Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., L.L.C., a full-service investment bank that has managed or co-managed over $2 trillion in municipal bond, corporate bond and equity transactions. Prior to her financial services career, Shank was a structural engineer for General Dynamics. She currently serves on the board of Pensare Acquisition Corp. She has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since January 2019. Shank brings over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, including extensive experience developing strategies for new business growth nationally and managing financial, operational and regulatory matters. She currently serves as a director of the Skillman Foundation, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Regional Chamber, Global Citizen and Invest Detroit. Shank also serves on the Wharton Graduate Board of Trustees, the Spelman College Board of Trustees and on the Executive Council on Infrastructure for the Bipartisan Policy Center. She is also a member of the International Women’s Forum and the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee.

Myrna Soto

Ms. Myrna M. Soto is an Independent Director of the Company. She has served since March 2019 as a venture advisor of ForgePoint Capital (formerly known as Trident Capital Cybersecurity) (“ForgePoint”), a venture capital firm investing exclusively in cybersecurity. She served as a partner at ForgePoint since April 2018. At ForgePoint, Soto provides advisory and operational oversight to ForgePoint’s portfolio companies from time to time. Prior to joining ForgePoint, she served since August 2015 as the senior vice president and global chief information security officer of Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”), which operates as a worldwide media and technology company. Soto served from 2009 to August 2015 as senior vice president and chief infrastructure and information security officer. Soto was responsible for the alignment and development of cyber and data security strategies and policies. Prior to joining Comcast in September 2009, Soto served since 2005 as vice president of information technology governance and chief information security officer for MGM Resorts International, a global hospitality company. Soto currently serves on the board of Spirit Airlines, Inc. and Popular, Inc. She has been a director of CMS and Consumers since January 2015. Soto brings over 20 years of focused information technology and security experience from a variety of industries, including financial services, hospitality, insurance and risk management and gaming and entertainment. Soto serves as an executive committee board member of the Hispanic IT Executive Council and as a member of the Board of Trustees of Cabrini College.

John Sznewajs

Mr. John G. Sznewajs is an Independent Director of the Company. He has served since 2007 as the vice president and chief financial officer of Masco Corporation (“Masco”), which operates as a global leader in design, manufacture and distribution of branded building products. Sznewajs is responsible for strategic and operational financial functions and also has oversight of information technology and several of Masco’s European businesses. Sznewajs also served as the treasurer of Masco from 2005 until 2016. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since July 2015. In addition to his financial expertise, Sznewajs has almost 20 years of experience in business and corporate development. His extensive background and knowledge in financial matters, which he has gained over his career, along with in-depth experience in enterprise-wide strategy, qualify him to serve on the Board. He serves as director and treasurer of the Detroit Zoological Society and as a trustee of The Roeper School.

Laura Wright

Ms. Laura H. Wright is Independent Director of the Company. She founded GSB Advisory LLC to provide interim executive and financial management to growth and non-profit companies after her retirement in 2012. In September 2012, she retired from Southwest Airlines Co. (“Southwest”) as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, positions she had held since July 2004. During her 25-year career with Southwest, she held various positions, including vice president of finance and treasurer, treasurer, assistant treasurer and other financial roles. Southwest is based in Dallas, Texas, and is engaged in the operation of passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation in the United States. Wright currently serves as a board member of TE Connectivity Ltd. and Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc. Until February 2019, she served as a trustee of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust. She has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since February 2013. As an active certified public accountant, the Board benefits from Wright’s extensive technical expertise and experience in financial accounting and reporting, corporate finance and risk management. She has extensive experience working in a consumer-oriented business environment. Prior to Southwest, Wright was a manager with Arthur Young & Co. in Dallas. Wright is a member of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.

TRAVIS UPHAUS