CMS Energy Corporation and Consumers Energy Company Boards of Directors
David W. Joos, 59, has served since May 2010 as Chairman of the Board of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy. He served from October 2004 to May 2010 as president and chief executive officer of CMS Energy and chief executive officer of Consumers Energy. Prior to that, he served from 2001 to 2004 as president and chief operating officer of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy; from 2000 to 2001 as executive vice president and chief operating officer - electric of CMS Energy; and from 1997 to 2000 as president and chief executive officer - electric of Consumers Energy. He is a director of Steelcase, Inc. and AECOM Technology Corporation. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since 2001.
He brings to the Boards knowledge and experience gained throughout his more than 27 years with Consumers Energy and CMS Energy including his extensive knowledge and practical experience in engineering, operations and maintenance of power plants and utility systems. Managing a regulated utility has also built for him a solid foundation in utility regulation, governmental affairs, corporate governance, human resources and environmental expertise which benefit the Boards. Mr. Joos holds a bachelor's degree in engineering science and a master's degree in nuclear engineering from Iowa State University, and completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development in 1990. He has worked extensively in the nuclear power industry. He also currently serves on the board and executive committee of Business Leaders for Michigan.
Philip R. Lochner, Jr., 69, is a director of public companies, including CLARCOR Inc., Crane Co. and Gentiva Health Services, Inc. During the past five years, he previously served as a director of GTech Holdings, Inc., Apria Healthcare Group Inc., Adelphia Communications Corporation (which he joined after it filed for bankruptcy), Monster Worldwide, Inc., and Solutia Inc. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since May 2005.
A Yale-educated attorney, he formerly practiced law with the New York firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP, served as a Securities and Exchange Commissioner, was general counsel and senior vice president of Time Inc., and chief administrative officer of Time Warner Inc. His qualifications for service as a director include his experience in governmental affairs, law, compensation, human resources, mergers, acquisitions, and corporate governance. Mr. Lochner also has previously served as a director of Brooklyn Bancorp and American Television and Communications, as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Stock Exchange and the National Association of Securities Dealers, and on the advisory board of Republic N.Y. Corp.
Jon E. Barfield, 60, as of March 2012, is the president and chief executive officer of LJ Holdings Investment Company LLC, a private investment company. In March 2012, he retired from The Bartech Group, Inc. where he served since 1981 as president and from 1995 to March 2012 as chairman and president, of this talent acquisition and management firm based in Livonia, Michigan, which specializes in managing human capital procurement for regional, national and global corporations, the placement of engineering and information technology professionals, and business process consulting services. Mr. Barfield currently serves as the lead director of BMC Software, Inc. During the past five years, he previously served as a director of Dow Jones & Company, Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc., and National City Corp. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since August 2005.
A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, Mr. Barfield brings to the Boards legal knowledge and experience, having practiced corporate and securities law at Sidley Austin LLP. His qualifications to serve as a director stem primarily through 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, and mergers and acquisitions. He served for many years as chairman of the audit committee of the Princeton University Board of Trustees, and he is currently a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.
Stephen E. Ewing, 68, 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.
He brings to the Boards 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, and the former president and chief executive officer of Michigan Consolidated Gas Company. During his energy industry career, he also gained in-depth environmental experience related to exploration, production, drilling, mid-stream operations, and hybrid vehicles. He is a director of the Early Childhood Investment Corporation and AAA Michigan, and also is vice chairman of the Auto Club Group. He serves as director of The Auto Club Trust, FSB, which conducts business as AAA Bank, Nebraska. He also serves as the immediate past chairman of The Skillman Foundation.
Richard M. Gabrys, 70, is the former interim dean of the School of Business Administration of Wayne State University and the retired vice chairman of Deloitte LLP, a consulting firm. During his 42 years at Deloitte LLP, he served a variety of public companies, especially automotive manufacturing companies, financial services institutions, public utilities, and health care entities. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Mears Investments, LLC, a private family investment group. Mr. Gabrys currently serves as the lead director of La-Z-Boy Corporation and as a director of TriMas Corporation. He served on the board of Massey Energy Company until June 2011 and the Dana Corporation until January 2008. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since May 2005.
As an active certified public accountant, member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants, the Boards benefit from Mr. Gabrys' thorough knowledge and expertise in the accounting and financial services fields. In addition, he currently serves on the boards of Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, Detroit Regional Chamber, Alliance for a Safer Greater Detroit (Crime Stoppers), Ave Maria University, the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Karmanos Cancer Institute.
William D. Harvey, 63, 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). Mr. 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 has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since August 2012.
Mr. Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of Wisconsin. He 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. Mr. 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. Mr. Harvey currently serves as a director of Sentry Insurance Company.
Michael T. Monahan, 73, has served since 1999 as president of Monahan Enterprises, LLC, a Bloomfield Hills, Michigan-based consulting firm. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since December 2002.
Mr. Monahan holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame and a master's degree in business from the University of Michigan. His qualifications for service on the Boards include his more than 35 years as a banking executive and a trustee to the Munder Funds which provide a sound understanding of the financial issues confronting the Company and industry. From October 1999 to December 2000, he was chairman of Munder Capital Management, an investment management company, and chief executive officer of Munder Capital from October 1999 until January 2000. Prior to that, he was president and a director of Comerica Bank from 1992 to 1999 and president and a director of Comerica Inc. from 1993 to 1999. He currently serves as director of Engineered Machined Products, Inc., as trustee of The Munder Funds Trust I and II, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, and the Children's Scholarship Fund.
John G. Russell, 54, has served since May 2010 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.
Mr. Russell is qualified to serve on the Boards based on the knowledge and experience acquired throughout his more than 29 years with Consumers Energy. He has in-depth knowledge of all aspects of the utility. His vast experience within the regulated utility, hands-on experience and the leadership positions he has held have provided him with a perspective from which the Boards greatly benefit. Mr. Russell holds a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University in business administration. In 1994, he completed the Harvard Business School Program for Management Development. He currently serves on the boards of directors of the American Gas Association (AGA), Business Leaders for Michigan, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), Grand Rapids-based The Right Place Inc. and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.
Kenneth L. Way, 72, retired as chairman of Lear Corporation, a Southfield, Michigan-based supplier of automotive interior systems to the automotive industry. He is a director of Cooper Standard Automotive. During the past five years, he previously served as a director of Comerica Inc. and WESCO International, Inc. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since 1998.
In his 38-year career with Lear and its predecessor companies, he held key positions in various engineering, manufacturing, and general management roles. Mr. Way served as chief executive officer of Lear from 1988 to 2000, and as Lear chairman from 1988 through 2002. His extensive background and knowledge in financial matters and investor relations coupled with the governmental, legal and governance expertise he gained over his career, qualify him to serve on the Boards.
Laura H. Wright, 53, has served since her retirement in September 2012 from Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest) as a consultant to Southwest. In September 2012, she retired from Southwest as senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer of Southwest. Ms. Wright served in those positions since July 2004. During her 25 year career with Southwest, she served as vice president of finance and treasurer (2001 - 2004); Treasurer (1998 – 2001); Assistant Treasurer (1995-1998); and other financial roles (1988 – 1995). Southwest is based in Dallas, Texas, and is engaged in the operation of passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation in the United States. Ms. Wright currently serves 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 Boards benefit from Ms. 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, Ms. Wright was a manager with Arthur Young & Co. in Dallas. Ms. Wright holds both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in Accountancy from the University of North Texas and is a member of Financial Executives Institute and the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants.
John B. Yasinsky, 72, is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of OMNOVA Solutions Inc., a Fairlawn, Ohio-based developer, manufacturer, and marketer of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and building products. He has been a director of A. Schulman, Inc. since 2000. He has been a director of CMS Energy and Consumers Energy since 1994.
A former White House Fellow, Mr. Yasinsky served from 1999 until his retirement in 2000 as chairman and chief executive officer of OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., and continued as chairman until February 2001. From 1994 to 1999 he was the chairman and chief executive officer of GenCorp; and for three decades prior, worked in various positions for Westinghouse Electric Corporation, including serving as group president. He is a director of TriState Capital Bank and TriState Capital Holdings, Inc. His qualifications to serve on the Boards derive from his prior positions, which provided him with in-depth experience in supplying power systems equipment and services to regulated utilities and in project management for alternative energy technologies such as solar, wind, fuel cells, coal gasification, waste-to-energy, geothermal, nuclear, and waste processing.