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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

John Russell

58 2016 Chairman of the Board

Patricia Poppe

47 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Webb

63 2002 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Brian Rich

41 2016 Senior Vice President - Customer Experience, Chief Information Officer

Catherine Reynolds

58 2014 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

John Butler

51 2006 Senior Vice President

Daniel Malone

55 2015 Senior Vice President

David Mengebier

58 2016 Senior Vice President

Melissa Gleespen

2016 Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Glenn Barba

50 2003 Vice President, Controller, Chief Accounting Officer

Garrick Rochow

41 2015 Vice President

William Harvey

67 2016 Presiding Independent Director

Jon Barfield

64 2005 Independent Director

Deborah Butler

61 2015 Independent Director

Kurt Darrow

61 2013 Independent Director

Stephen Ewing

72 2009 Independent Director

Richard Gabrys

74 2005 Independent Director

Philip Lochner

73 2007 Independent Director

Myrna Soto

47 2015 Independent Director

John Sznewajs

48 2015 Independent Director

Laura Wright

56 2013 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

John Russell

Mr. John G. Russell has been re-designated as Chairman of the Board of the Company., effective July 1, 2016. He was President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of CMS Energy Corp. Prior to that he served from October 2004 to May 2010 as president and chief operating officer of Consumers; he served from December 2001 to July 2004 as executive vice president and president and chief executive officer—electric of Consumers; and from July 2004 to October 2004 as executive vice president and president—electric and gas of Consumers. He serves on the board of Hubbell Incorporated. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since May 2010. Mr. Russell is qualified to serve on the Boards based on the knowledge and experience acquired throughout his more than 30 years with Consumers. 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 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 the American Gas Association, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Edison Electric Institute, and Grand Valley State University. Mr. Russell previously served as a director on the Right Place Inc. and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Patricia Poppe

Ms. Patricia K. Poppe has been re-designated as President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company., effective 1 July 2016. Prior to that, she served since January 2011 as vice president of customer experience, rates and regulation of Consumers. The Boards plan to elect Poppe as president and chief executive officer of CMS and Consumers effective July 1, 2016, following Russell’s retirement. She is standing for election as a Director for the first time at the Annual Meeting.

Thomas Webb

Mr. Thomas J. Webb is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. He is Executive Vice President, CFO of Consumers, 2002. Webb also serves as chairman of the board of EnerBank USA, a nationwide provider of consumer loans. Before joining CMS Energy, Webb had been executive vice president and chief financial officer for Kellogg Co. At Kellogg, he helped drive the purchase of Keebler Co., the largest acquisition in Kellogg’s history. He led the financing effort which included the largest bond offering to that date, $4.6 billion, in the history of the consumer-branded industry. From 1996 to 1999, Webb was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Visteon, an $18 billion automotive components business with major production facilities in 30 countries. Webb began his career at Ford Motor Co. in 1977, holding increasingly responsible financial and managerial positions internationally for more than 22 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration in finance from George Mason University. He received the National Distinguished Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the boards of directors for the Business Leaders for Michigan and Southwest Michigan First.

Brian Rich

Mr. Brian Rich has been re-designated as Senior Vice President - Customer Experience, Chief Information Officer of the Company., effective July 1, 2016. Rich was elected as vice president and chief information officer in 2014. From 2010-2014, he served as vice president, business technology and senior director — customer care technologies of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Between 1996 and 2010, Mr. Rich served in various roles of increasing responsibilities at Accenture, including vice president of customer operations.

Catherine Reynolds

Ms. Catherine M. Reynolds is Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. Since 2013 and is responsible for the legal department and all legal matters affecting the company. She also has overall responsibility for the corporate secretary activities, investor services and corporate records functions. She previously was vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary from 2012-2013 and vice president and corporate secretary from 2006-2012. She joined the company in 1979 and transferred to the legal department after earning her law degree in 1983. She worked in a variety of areas, including 10 years in litigation before focusing on marketing, electronic commerce and corporate issues. She was appointed assistant general counsel over the general practice group of the legal department in 2004 and was responsible for supervising the attorneys handling environmental, labor, benefits, property, contracts, property tax, zoning and insurance matters. Reynolds earned her law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University in 1979. She is a Director on the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Jackson County, Michigan and American Bar Associations.

John Butler

Mr. John M. Butler is Senior Vice President of the Company. He also serves as Senior Vice President of Consumers and Enterprises since 2006. Butler is responsible for overseeing CMS Energy’s human resources strategy and the key human resources activities for the company, including employee benefits, compensation, organization and work force development, diversity, equal employment opportunity, safety and health, business operations, work force relations, labor relations and all human resources services for more than 7,100 CMS Energy and Consumers Energy employees. His responsibilities for shared services include managing supply chain, purchasing, information technology, learning and development, real estate, fleet services, security, asset protection, aviation services and corporate travel. Before joining CMS Energy, Butler was the global human resources director for manufacturing and engineering at The Dow Chemical Co. in Midland, Mich. In these positions, Butler is credited with effectively linking human resources plans to business strategy. He held a series of increasingly responsible management positions with both domestic and global responsibility in the United States and Europe during his 15-year tenure with Dow. Butler earned a master’s degree in business administration in 1991 from Indiana University, with a focus on human resources and finance. Prior to graduate school, he had a successful sales career in the transportation industry, working for Emery Worldwide. Butler earned a bachelor’s degree in business in 1986 from the University of Tennessee, with a major in marketing and logistics.

Daniel Malone

David Mengebier

Mr. David G. Mengebier is Senior Vice President of the Company. He was Chief Compliance Officer of CMS Energy Corp. He is responsible for managing all of CMS Energy’s corporate and community-based government relations and public affairs activities in Michigan and in other states where CMS Energy has investments. As chief compliance officer, he has oversight of regulatory, Code of Conduct and corporate policy compliance. Mengebier also is president of the CMS Energy and Consumers Energy charitable foundations. From 1999 to 2001, he was vice president of governmental and international affairs. Before that, he was executive director of federal governmental affairs from 1995 to 1999. From 1991 to 1995, he was director of federal governmental affairs. Prior to joining CMS Energy, Mengebier worked as a staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and as legislative counsel for a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit. Mengebier earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University in 1981 and a law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich., in 1984. He earned a master’s degree in business administration at the University of Michigan in 2006. He is a board member of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Keystone Energy and the Great Lakes Quality Board, and serves on the Land Protection Committee of the Little Traverse Conservancy. He is a member of the Washington, D.C., Bar Association.

Melissa Gleespen

Ms. Melissa Marie Gleespen is Vice President, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of the CMS Energy Corporation and its chief subsidiary, Consumers Energy Company. She is responsible for managing CMS Energy and Consumers Energy corporate secretary activities, as well as its investor services, securities law matters, and corporate records department. She was elected vice president and corporate secretary for CMS Energy and Consumers Energy in 2013. As chief compliance officer, Gleespen has oversight of regulatory, Code of Conduct and corporate policy compliance. Gleespen joined the company in 2013 as supervisory assistant general counsel. She has an extensive background in corporate governance, disclosure regulations, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission reporting and compliance. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University Extension School and her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law.

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. Barba completed the Harvard Business School General Management Program in 2008.

Garrick Rochow

William Harvey

Mr. William D. Harvey is Presiding Independent Director of the Company. He was Independent Director of CMS Energy Corporation. 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”). 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 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. Mr. Harvey holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a Juris Doctorate, both from the University of Wisconsin.

Jon Barfield

Mr. Jon E. Barfield is Independent Director of the Company. He 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 and managed service provider solutions to Global 1000 firms. Bartech employs and manages the daily work assignments for more than 26,000 associates and more than $2.5 billion in procurement for major employers around the world, making Bartech one of the largest, independent talent management 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, Good Technology Corporation, BMC Software, Inc. and Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since August 2005.

Deborah Butler

Ms. Deborah H. Butler is 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 and Consumers since January 2015.

Kurt Darrow

Mr. Kurt L. Darrow is 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 and Consumers since November 2013.

Stephen Ewing

Mr. Stephen E. Ewing is Independent Director of the Company. He Served 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 and Consumers since July 2009.

Richard Gabrys

Mr. Richard Marcel Gabrys is Independent Director of the Company. He 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. Gabrys serves as a director of La-Z-Boy and as a director of TriMas Corporation. He served on the board of Massey Energy Company until June 2011. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since May 2005.

Philip Lochner

Mr. Philip R. Lochner, Jr. is Independent Director of the Company. He is a director of public companies, including CLARCOR Inc. and Crane Co. During the past five years, he previously served as a director of Gentiva Health Services, Inc. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since May 2005. 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. 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.

Myrna Soto

Ms. Myrna M. Soto is Independent Director of the Company. She is the senior vice president, global and 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 is 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. She has been a director of CMS and Consumers since January 2015.

John Sznewajs

Mr. John G. Sznewajs is an Independent Director of the Company. He served as the vice president, treasurer 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 serves as the corporate treasurer and has oversight of information technology and several of Masco’s European businesses. He has been a director of CMS and Consumers since July 2015.

Laura Wright

Ms. Laura H. Wright is an 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 trustee of Pebblebrook Hotel Trust and as a board member of TE Connectivity Ltd. She has been a director of CMS and Consumers since February 2013.