Industry & Services >> CEO Interviews >> May 3, 2004

Thomas Webb – Cms Energy Corporation (cms)

THOMAS J. WEBB is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CMS Energy Corporation. He was named to this position in August 2002. Before joining CMS Energy, he had been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Kellogg Company since January 2000. At Kellogg, he helped drive the purchase of the Keebler Company, the largest acquisition in Kellogg's history. He led the financing effort which included the largest bond offering, $4.6 billion, in the history of the consumer-branded industry. Mr. Webb was known for bringing a new emphasis on cash flow, discipline to earnings growth, and restoring investor confidence. From 1996 to 1999, he was Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Visteon. He was selected by senior management at Ford Motor Company to help create Visteon and take it public. This $18 billion automotive components business has major production facilities in 30 countries. Mr. Webb began his career at Ford Motor Company in 1977, holding increasingly responsible finance and management positions over 22 years in the United States and in Europe. He was on the Dean's List and earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance, and a Bachelor of Science degree, both from George Mason University in Virginia. He received the National Distinguished Service Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Profile
TWST: Could you sketch a picture of your company as it has been at this


Mr. Webb: CMS Energy is a healthier company following a difficult period

of turnaround work during the last two