John G. Russell 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. Prior to his current position, Mr. Russell was President and Chief Operating Officer of Consumers Energy from 2004 to 2010. He also served as President of the electric utility until 2004. Previously, Mr. Russell was Senior Vice President of electric transmission and distribution, and held several leadership positions in customer operations, electric restructuring and logistics management. During a break in service from 1985 to 1987, Mr. Russell managed the shipping operations for Meijer Inc. Mr. Russell graduated from Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1980. In 1994, he completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the boards of directors for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy, and Hubbell Incorporated. He also serves on the boards of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the American Gas Association (AGA) and the Business Leaders for Michigan.
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.