People: Aaron's Inc (AAN.N)

AAN.N on New York Stock Exchange

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Ray Robinson

66 2014 Independent Chairman of the Board

Steven Michaels

43 2014 President

John Robinson

43 2014 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Gilbert Danielson

68 2014 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Robert Kamerschen

47 2014 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

James Cates

64 2013 Senior Group Vice President

Tristan Montanero

43 2014 Co-Senior Vice President - Operations

Michael Ryan

52 2014 Co-Senior Vice President - Operations

D. Chad Strickland

39 2014 Senior Vice President - Associate Resources

John Trainor

42 2010 Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Robert Sinclair

53 1999 Vice President, Corporate Controller

Leo Benatar

85 Lead Independent Director

Matthew Avril

2014 Director

Brian Kahn

41 2014 Director

H. Eugene Lockhart

65 2014 Director

Kathy Betty

58 2012 Independent Director

Cynthia Day

48 2011 Independent Director

Hubert Harris

2012 Independent Director

David Kolb

75 2003 Independent Director

Denise McElraevy

2014 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Ray Robinson

Mr. Ray M. Robinson is Independent Chairman of the Board of Aaron's, Inc. From November 2012 until his appointment as Chairman, Mr. Robinson was the Company’s independent lead director. Mr. Robinson started his career at AT&T in 1968, and prior to his retirement in 2003, he held several executive positions, including President of the Southern Region, its largest region, President and Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Tridom, Vice President of Operations for AT&T Business Customer Care, Vice President of AT&T Outbound Services, and Vice President of AT&T Public Relations. Mr. Robinson is also a director of Acuity Brands, Inc., a lighting solutions company, American Airlines Group Inc., a holding company operating various commercial airlines (including American Airlines and US Airways), and Avnet, Inc., a distributor of electronic components, enterprise computer and storage products, information technology services and embedded subsystems, all of which are public companies. Since 2003, Mr. Robinson has also served as a director and non-executive Chairman of Citizens Bancshares Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia, the largest African American-owned bank in the Southeastern U.S. and the nation’s second largest. He previously served as a director of RailAmerica Inc. from 2010 to 2012. Mr. Robinson has also been Vice Chairman of the East Lake Community Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia since November 2003.

Steven Michaels

Mr. Steven A. Michaels, CPA., is President of Aaron's, Inc., since April 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Michaels served as (i) Vice President Strategic Planning & Business Development from 2013 until April 2014, (ii) Vice President, Finance from 2012 until April 2014 and (iii) Vice President, Finance, Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership Division from 2008 until 2011. Michaels has a finance degree from the University of Florida, an MBA from Georgia State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

John Robinson

Mr. John W. Robinson III is Chief Executive Officer, Director of Aaron’s, Inc. Mr. Robinson served as the Chief Executive Officer of Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC from 2012 until November 2014 when he was named Aaron’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of TMX Finance LLC (d/b/a TitleMax), one of the largest auto title lenders in the U.S. He joined TitleMax as Chief Operating Officer in 2004 and was appointed President in 2008. Prior to TitleMax, he worked in the investment banking groups at Morgan Stanley, Lehman Brothers, and Wheat First Butcher Singer where he covered the rent-to-own industry. Among other qualifications, Mr. Robinson brings significant operational and financial experience to our board of directors. His considerable experience in senior management, and his leadership and intimate knowledge of the Progressive business, provide him with strategic and operational expertise, which is utilized by our board of directors. These skills and experiences qualify him to serve on our board of directors.

Gilbert Danielson

Mr. Gilbert L. Danielson has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Aaron’s, Inc. He was Mr. Danielson was a director from 1990 until April 2014 and our interim Chief Executive Officer from August 2014 until November 2014.

Robert Kamerschen

Mr. Robert W. Kamerschen is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Aaron's, Inc. Previously, Mr. Kamerschen served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel from June 2013 and also as Corporate Secretary from November 2013. Before joining the Company, Mr. Kamerschen worked at information solution provider Equifax Inc. from 2008 through 2013, serving in multiple executive positions and most recently as its U.S. Chief Counsel, Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer. Mr. Kamerschen began his legal career in 1994 in the Atlanta office of the international law firm Troutman Sanders LLP

James Cates

Mr. James L. Cates is Senior Group Vice President of Aaron's, Inc. Prior to this, Mr. Cates served as Senior Group Vice President from 2002 until 2015 and as Corporate Secretary from 2002 until November 2013.

Tristan Montanero

Mr. Tristan Montanero is Co-Senior Vice President - Operations of the company. Prior to this, Mr. Montanero held a Divisional Vice President position since 2002.

Michael Ryan

Mr. Michael P. Ryan is Co-Senior Vice President - Operations of Aaron's, Inc. Prior to this, Mr. Ryan served as Vice President, Franchise in 2014 and Divisional Vice President, Northern Operations from 2013 until 2014.

D. Chad Strickland

D. Chad Strickland is Senior Vice President - Associate Resources of Aaron's, Inc. Prior to this, Mr. Strickland served as Vice President, Associate Resources from 2010 until April 2014 and Vice President, Employee Relations from 2006 until 2010.

John Trainor

Mr. John T. Trainor is Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Aaron's, Inc., since November 2010. Prior to this, Mr. Trainor was Information Technology Director for the Company from 1999 to 2007 when he was appointed Vice President, Information Technology, Aaron’s Sales & Lease Ownership Division.

Robert Sinclair

Mr. Robert P. Sinclair, Jr. is Vice President, Corporate Controller of the Company since 1999.

Leo Benatar

Mr. Leo Benatar is Lead Independent Director of Aaron's, Inc. Mr. Benatar is currently a Principal with consulting firm Benatar & Associates. Mr. Benatar previously served as Chairman of packaging manufacturer Engraph, Inc. and, from 1981 to 1992, served as Engraph’s Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Benatar also previously served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, as a director of Paxar Corporation and Mohawk Industries, Inc. and as nonexecutive Chairman of Interstate Bakeries Corporation. Among other qualifications, Mr. Benatar brings intimate knowledge of the Company to our board of directors. His strong leadership and management experience, past experience as a long-term senior executive, experience as an entrepreneur and service on the boards of several other prominent companies and organizations gives Mr. Benatar valuable strategic, financial and accounting experience, which is utilized by our board of directors. These skills and experiences qualify him to serve on our board of directors.

Matthew Avril

Mr. Matthew E. Avril has been appointed as Director of the Company effective July 9, 2014. Mr. Avril has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Vacation Ownership, a vacation ownership business that is expected to be spun-off from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”) into a separate publicly-traded company. Mr. Avril retired from Starwood in December 2012, where he had served as President, Hotel Group since September 2008. Mr. Avril began his career with Starwood in 1989 through Vistana, Inc., the original predecessor to Starwood Vacation Ownership, and served as both Chief Financial Officer and Co-President of Starwood Vacation Ownership during his tenure. Mr. Avril is also a director of API Technologies Corp., a designer and manufacturer of systems, subsystems, modules and components for multiple applications and Zentila, a SaaS based meetings management technology company.

Brian Kahn

Mr. Brian Randall Kahn has been appointed as Director of Aaron's, Inc., effective May 20, 2014. Mr. Kahn founded and has served as the investment manager of Vintage Capital and its predecessor, KCM, since 1998, which focuses on public and private market investments in the consumer, manufacturing and defense industries. Mr. Kahn has served as Chairman of API Technologies Corp. since January 2011; from January 2011 to August 2012, Mr. Kahn also served as Chief Executive Officer of API. From October 2010 to July 2011, Mr. Kahn was a director of Integral Systems, Inc., a provider of products, systems and services for satellite command and control, telemetry and digital signal processing, data communications, enterprise network management and communications information assurance. Mr. Kahn also previously served as the Chairman of White Electronic Designs Corporation, a provider of products for defense and aerospace applications from February 2009 to May 2010. Mr. Kahn is also a member of the Board of Managers and a controlling shareholder of Buddy’s Newco, LLC d/b/a/ Buddy’s Home Furnishings, an owner and franchisor of rent-to-own stores. Earlier in his career, Mr. Kahn was the owner of Rosey Rentals L.P., which we refer to as RRLP, which at that time was the second-largest franchisee of the Company, as well as Ace TV Rental and Choice Rent-to-Own. In December 2008, Vintage Capital acquired RRLP. Mr. Kahn was previously an analyst covering the rent-to-own sector with Fidelity Investments.

H. Eugene Lockhart

Mr. H. Eugene Lockhart is Director of the Company. Mr. Lockhart currently serves as Senior Advisor to General Atlantic, a leading global growth equity firm providing capital and strategic support for growth companies, a position he has held since January 2012. Mr. Lockhart also serves as the Chairman of Diamond Castle LLC and Mission OG LLC, and on the board of directors of Huron Consulting, IMS Health and Radioshack Corporation. Mr. Lockhart previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MasterCard Worldwide and, prior to that, he led the retail and commercial banking businesses as President of the Global Retail Bank at Bank of America until its sale to NationsBank. Mr. Lockhart also previously served as the CEO of Midland Bank UK, Chairman of First Direct and Thomas Cook, and on the boards of directors of Progressive Finance Holdings, LLC (which, together with its subsidiaries, we refer to as “Progressive”), First Republic Bank, RJR/Nabisco and Cognizant.

Kathy Betty

Ms. Kathy T. Betty is an Independent Director of Aaron's, Inc., since August 22, 2012From 2009 until 2011, Ms. Betty was the owner of the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA. She also founded The Tradewind Group, an incubator company, where she worked until 2007. Her other experience includes serving as Executive Vice President and Partner of Scott, Madden from 1993 to 2000, where she worked on international mergers and acquisitions, working at Ernst & Young LLP from 1989 to 1993, including serving as one of the first women admitted to the partnership. Among other qualifications, Ms. Betty brings over 30 years of business management and consultancy experience to our board of directors. Her leadership positions in the Atlanta community, including serving on the boards of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation, YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund, Georgia Institute of Technology, as well as the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, provide her with management, entrepreneurial, financial and accounting experience, which is utilized by our board of directors. These skills and experience qualify her to serve on our board of directors

Cynthia Day

Ms. Cynthia N. Day is an Independent Director of Aaron's, Inc. Ms. Day is currently President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens Bancshares Corporation and Citizens Trust Bank. She served as Chief Operating Officer and Senior Executive Vice President of Citizens Trust Bank from 2003 to January 2012 and served as its acting President and Chief Executive Officer from January 2012 to February 2012. Ms. Day previously served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and in other capacities of Citizens Federal Savings Bank of Birmingham from 1993 until its acquisition by Citizens Trust Bank in 2003 and previously served as an audit manager for KPMG. She currently serves on the board of directors of Primerica, Inc., Citizens Bancshares Corporation and Citizens Trust Bank. Ms. Day has also served as a member of the board of directors of the National Banker’s Association, the Georgia Society of CPAs, the University of Alabama Continuing Education Advisory Board and the United Negro College Fund.

Hubert Harris

Mr. Hubert L. Harris, Jr., is an Independent Director of Aaron's, Inc., since August 7, 2012. Since 1992, Mr. Harris has owned and operated Harris Plantation, Inc., a cattle, hay and timber business. Mr. Harris has also served as a trustee for SEI mutual funds since 2008. Mr. Harris previously served as CEO of Invesco North America and Chairman of Invesco Retirement Services, and served on the board of directors of Invesco from 1993 to 2004. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Harris was President and Executive Director of the International Association for Financial Planning. Mr. Harris also served as the Assistant Director of the Office of Management and Budget in Washington, D.C. from 1977 to 1980. Mr. Harris is on the Board of Councilors of the Carter Center, and he previously served as a director of Colonial BancGroup, Inc., chair of the Georgia Tech Foundation and chair of the Georgia Tech Alumni Association.

David Kolb

Mr. David L. Kolb is an Independent Director of Aaron's, Inc. Mr. Kolb was Chairman of Mohawk Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of flooring products, from 2001 until 2004. Prior to 2001, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk from 1988 to 2001. He also serves on the board of directors for Chromcraft Revington Corporation and was previously a director of Paxar Corporation. Among other qualifications, Mr. Kolb brings intimate knowledge of the Company and experience as a member and chair of public company boards, including on various audit, nominating and corporate governance committees, to the board of directors. His management and accounting expertise, together with his senior executive leadership experience and service on the boards of several other prominent companies and organizations, provide Mr. Kolb with valuable strategic financial operational expertise, which is utilized by our board of directors. These skills and experiences qualify him to serve on our board of directors.

Denise McElraevy

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