DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 20, 2000 (PRNewswire) — CMS Energy Corporation (NYSE: CMS) today announced its Board of Directors has elected Frank Johnson president and chief executive officer of its international electric and gas distribution unit, CMS Electric and Gas Co.

Johnson, 52, was previously vice president of CMS Electric and Gas. He is responsible for managing all operational and commercial activities of the Company’s international utility assets.

They include electric distribution systems in Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela. Combined, the companies provide electric service to more than 450,000 customers. Johnson reports to David W. Joos, CMS Energy’s executive vice president and chief operating officer – electric, who made the announcement.

Johnson joined CMS Energy’s principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, in 1970 and held increasingly responsible positions in its Pontiac, Battle Creek, Kalamazoo, Lansing and Jackson offices, including district manager, regional general manager and executive manager of electric business support.

In 1996, he became vice president of energy distribution for CMS Electric and Gas and general manager of its EDEERSA electric distribution utility in Entre Rios, Argentina. While managing EDEERSA, Johnson was named Business Man of the Year by Analisis Magazine, a provincial magazine in Entre Rios. He became vice president of international electric and gas distribution in 1999.

Johnson earned a master’s degree in management and supervision from Central Michigan University and a bachelor of science degree in marketing management from Detroit College of Business. He is vice chairman of the American Association of Blacks in Energy and vice chairman of the finance committee of Sienna Heights University in Adrian. Johnson and his wife, Belinda, are the parents of two grown sons and live in Ann Arbor.

CMS Energy Corporation has annual sales of more than $7 billion and assets of about $15 billion throughout the U.S. and around the world with businesses in electric and natural gas utility operations; independent power production; natural gas pipelines, gathering, processing and storage; oil and gas exploration and production; and energy marketing, services and trading.

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SOURCE: CMS Energy Corporation