Garrick J. Rochow is president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, which serves 1.8 million electric customers and 1.7 million natural gas customers. The company has annual revenues of $6.8 billion, assets totaling $18.1 billion and 8,200 employees. He was elected to this position in December 2020.
Rochow previously was executive vice president of operations. He was responsible for the company’s electric and natural gas distribution and transmission operations, generation and compression operations, operations performance, regulatory compliance and planning and scheduling.
Previously, Rochow served in several operations leadership roles. Before becoming senior vice president of operations, he was Consumers Energy’s senior vice president of distribution and customer operations. In that role, he led the company’s electric and natural gas distribution systems, engineering, energy operations, electric and gas transmission and customer operations.
Previously, Rochow was Consumers Energy’s vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation and quality and chief customer officer after serving as vice president of energy delivery. In his energy delivery role, he led engineering and planning of the company’s electric and natural gas distribution systems.
Rochow joined Consumers Energy in 2003 and has held several leadership positions, including combustion turbine business manager at the Zeeland generating facility and site production manager at the Campbell Generating Complex. Rochow began his utility career as an environmental lead at the Holland Board of Public Works, where he served as a maintenance superintendent and managed steam turbine and boiler outage responsibilities.
Rochow graduated from Michigan Technological University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering and earned a master’s degree in business administration from Western Michigan University. He also has attended an executive education program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Wisconsin School of Business
CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), based in Jackson, Michigan, is an energy company that is focused principally on utility operations in Michigan. Its principal business is Consumers Energy, a public utility that provides electricity and natural gas to more than 6 million of Michigan’s 10 million residents. Its non-utility businesses are focused primarily on domestic independent power production. Consumers Energy has operated since 1886.