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People: Shenandoah Telecommunications Co (SHEN.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Christopher French

57 2011 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

Adele Skolits

56 2007 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Earle MacKenzie

62 2007 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Raymond Ostroski

54 2013 Vice President - Legal, General Counsel, Secretary

Richard Baughman

47 2010 Vice President - Information Technology

Edward McKay

42 2013 Vice President - Wireline & Engineering

William Pirtle

55 2013 Vice President - Wireless

Thomas Whitaker

54 2013 Vice President - Cable

Douglas Arthur

72 2009 Lead Independent Director

Ken Burch

70 1995 Independent Director

Tracy Fitzsimmons

48 2005 Independent Director

John Flora

60 2008 Independent Director

Richard Koontz

57 2006 Independent Director

Dale Lam

52 2004 Independent Director

James Zerkel

70 1985 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Christopher French

Mr. Christopher E. French is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, where he is responsible for the overall leadership and strategic direction of the Company. He has served as President since 1988, and has been a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors since 1996. Prior to appointment as President, Mr. French held a variety of positions with the Company, including Vice President Network Service and Executive Vice President. Mr. French holds a BS in electrical engineering and an MBA, both from the University of Virginia. He has held board and officer positions in both state and national telecommunications associations, including service as a director of the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO) and was president and director of the Virginia Telecommunications Industry Association. Mr. French is currently a member of the Leadership Committee of the USTelecom Association..

Adele Skolits

Ms. Adele M. Skolits is Chief Financial Officer, Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. Ms. Skolits serves as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at Shentel. She joined the Company in 2007 and is responsible for Shentel's daily financial decisions. Ms. Skolits’ industry experience began in 1980 and included three years with Revol Wireless where she served as Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Skolits' telecommunications experience also includes serving as Controller for Comcast Metrophone, Director of Financial Operations for Comcast Cellular Communications and Chief Financial Officer of City Signal Communications. Ms. Skolits earned a BS degree in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Virginia and she holds a C.P.A. certificate from the Virginia State Board of Accountancy.

Earle MacKenzie

Mr. Earle A. MacKenzie is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Company. He joined the Company in 2003, and is responsible for Shentel's daily operations of its subsidiaries. Mr. MacKenzie began his career in the telecommunications industry in 1975. He was the co-founder and President of Broadslate Networks and Essex Communications. He served as COO of Digital Television Services and as Senior Vice President of Contel Cellular. Mr. MacKenzie is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and holds a BBA in accounting and holds a C.P.A. certificate from the Virginia State Board of Accountancy. Mr. MacKenzie is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Cable Association.

Raymond Ostroski

Mr. Raymond B. Ostroski is Vice President - Legal, General Counsel, Secretary of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. Mr. Ostroski is General Counsel and Vice President – Legal and Secretary for Shentel. Prior to joining the Company in January 2013, Mr. Ostroski was a Partner in the law firm of Thomas, Long, Niesen & Kennard since 2012 and was the Principal at RBO Consulting from 2011 to 2012 and from 2007 to 2009. Mr. Ostroski also served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for One Communications from 2009 to 2011 and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises from 2001 to 2007. Mr. Ostroski began his career in the telecommunications industry in 1985 and also served as General Counsel to RCN Corporation and C-TEC Corporation prior to 2001. Mr. Ostroski earned a B.S. degree in Social Science from Wilkes University and also earned a J.D. degree from Temple University School of Law.

Richard Baughman

Mr. Richard A. Baughman is Vice President - Information Technology of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. Mr. Baughman is Vice President of Information Technology of Shentel. He began his career in 1995 with communications and operations experience from a variety of communications companies, including Bellcore/Telcordia, AT&T, Lucent, WINfirst and SureWest. He joined the Company in 2006. He is responsible for all of the back-office software and infrastructure systems at Shentel. Mr. Baughman has a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an M.S. in Optics from the University of Rochester.

Edward McKay

Mr. Edward H. McKay is Vice President - Wireline & Engineering of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. Mr. McKay is Vice President of Engineering & Planning for Shentel. He joined Shentel in 2004 and is responsible for the ongoing operations of the Wireline segment of the Company, as well as the network planning and engineering for Shentel’s networks. Mr. McKay began his telecommunications industry experience in 1996, including previous engineering management positions at UUNET and Verizon. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned M.E. and B.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering. Mr. McKay represents the Company on the Board of Valleynet.

William Pirtle

Mr. William L. Pirtle is Vice President - Wireless of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. Mr. Pirtle is Vice President - Wireless for Shentel. He is responsible for the ongoing operations of the Wireless segment of the Company. He joined the Company in 1992 as Vice President of Network Services responsible for Shentel's technology decisions, and maintenance and operation of its networks – telephone, cable, cellular, paging and fiber optics. He helped launch Shentel's Internet business in 1994, and led its participation in its wireless PCS business beginning in 1995. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Mr. Pirtle is a co-founder of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

Thomas Whitaker

Mr. Thomas A. Whitaker is Vice President - Cable of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. He is responsible for the ongoing operations of the Cable segment of the Company Mr. Whitaker joined Shentel in 2004 through the Shentel acquisition of NTC Communications. Mr. Whitaker began his career in 1982. Mr. Whitaker was previously COO of NTC Communications, and served as VP of Network Operations at Broadslate Networks, Director of Wireless Operations for nTelos, and was Co-Founder and Vice President of Nat-Com, Incorporated. Mr. Whitaker is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.

Douglas Arthur

Mr. Douglas C. Arthur is Lead Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company. He has been an attorney-at-law since 1967, and currently is a sole practitioner in Strasburg, Virginia. He is a member and Chairman of the Board of Directors of First National Corporation. Mr. Arthur brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his career as a local attorney with knowledge and experience of general and business legal matters, his public company Board of Directors experience from service as Chairman and director of First National Corporation, his community service through prior membership on the Shenandoah County Public Schools Board, and his knowledge of and history with the Company and the Company’s extensive local shareholder base

Ken Burch

Mr. Ken L. Burch is Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company., since 1995. He is a farmer who owns a purebred and commercial beef cattle operation near Shenandoah Caverns, Virginia. Mr. Burch brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his experience as a successful local businessman with close ties to the community, and his knowledge of and history with the Company and the Company’s extensive local shareholder base. In addition, his substantial ownership of the Company’s common stock serves to align his interests with the Company’s shareholders..

Tracy Fitzsimmons

Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons is Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company., since May 3, 2005. She is President of Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia, a position she has held since July 2008. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Shenandoah University since October 2006 and Vice President of Academic Affairs since July 2002. Dr. Fitzsimmons also currently serves as a professor of political science at Shenandoah University. Dr. Fitzsimmons received Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University and a B.A. degree from Princeton University. Dr. Fitzsimmons brings to the Board additional qualifications, including her educational background, budgeting and financial experience with a large diverse educational organization, overall leadership experience and responsibilities as president of a university that offers undergraduate, masters and professional doctorate degrees and is considered a technology leader among higher education institutions

John Flora

Mr. John W. Flora is Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company., since May 6, 2008. He has been an attorney-at-law since 1980, and currently is a shareholder of Lenhart Pettit PC in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mr. Flora’s business and tax practice has ranged from serving as lead counsel of a publicly held Fortune 500 company to representing private companies and their owners from business formation through succession. Mr. Flora brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his career as an attorney with a regional law firm and his substantial experience in advising public companies, as well as his experience in assisting businesses with a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues.

Richard Koontz

Mr. Richard L. Koontz, Jr., is Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Co., since 2006. He has served as Vice President of Holtzman Oil Corporation, a supplier and distributor of petroleum products located in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, since 1988. He is currently a member of the Shenandoah County Public Schools Board. Mr. Koontz brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his experience as a member of senior management of a successful regional business, with substantial budget authority and finance responsibilities, his community service through membership on the Shenandoah County Public Schools Board, and his knowledge of the Company’s extensive local shareholder base..

Dale Lam

Mr. Dale S. Lam is Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company., since April 20, 2004. He has served as President of Strategent Financial, LLC, a financial advisory firm, since November 2008. Mr. Lam previously served as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of ComSonics, Inc., a cable television equipment manufacturer and repair operation headquartered in Harrisonburg, Virginia, since April 2001. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Lam brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his industry knowledge gained through his prior employment in a business related to the telecommunications industry, his experience serving as a chief financial officer of a public company, his financial education, and his work experience and qualification as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Lam also serves as an audit committee financial expert. .

James Zerkel

Mr. James E. Zerkel, II, is Independent Director of Shenandoah Telecommunications Company., since 1985. He has served as Vice President of James E. Zerkel, Inc., a hardware firm located in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, since 1970. Mr. Zerkel also serves on the Board of Directors of the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. Mr. Zerkel brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his experience as a successful local businessman with close ties to the community, knowledge of and history with the Company and the Company’s extensive local shareholder base, and his experience in corporate governance from his service on the Board of Directors of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative. .