When John Russell took the helm as CMS Energy and Consumers Energy’s President and Chief Executive Officer on May 21, 2010, he began one of the most successful leadership journeys in our company’s history. As he takes on a new role as Chairman of the Board for CMS Energy and hands over the day-to-day strategy and operations to Patti Poppe, we reflect on the past six years under John’s guidance.
As President and Chief Operating Officer of Consumers Energy since 2004, John brought vision to our company when we needed it most. He was able to establish financial and regulatory confidence while at the same time making safety a top priority. His ongoing commitment to sending every employee home safe every day resulted in a significant decrease in injuries and led to 2015 being the safest year in our company’s history. Under John’s leadership, we saw improvement in areas including:
- Employee engagement
- Customer satisfaction
“John’s constant belief that we could accomplish more than we thought and his unwavering commitment to leaving it better than he found it led our company on an incredible journey from survival to best-in-class,” said Merri Jo Bales, Executive Director of Strategic Integration. “We’re all better for knowing and working with John.”
“I am grateful for John’s guidance, support and leadership over the years,” said Patti Poppe, President and CEO-elect of Consumers Energy and CMS Energy. “I look forward to working alongside John in his new role chairing the board, to continue a legacy of leaving the company better than we found it.”