People: Telephone and Data Systems Inc (TDS)

TDS on New York Consolidated

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

LeRoy Carlson

94 2002 Chairman Emeritus

Walter Carlson

60 2002 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

LeRoy Carlson

67 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Douglas Shuma

53 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

Kenneth Meyers

60 2013 President and Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Cellular, Director

David Wittwer

51 2014 President and CEO of TDS Telecommunications Corporation, Director

Peter Sereda

48 2011 Senior Vice President - Finance, Treasurer

Kurt Thaus

53 2004 Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President

Joseph Hanley

45 2012 Senior Vice President - Technology, Services and Strategy

Scott Williamson

61 1998 Senior Vice President - Acquisitions and Corporate Development

C. Theodore Herbert

76 Vice President - Human Resources

Alan Schultz

2013 Vice President - Enterprise Growth and Portfolio Strategy

Letitia Carlson

51 1996 Director

Prudence Carlson

59 2008 Director

Clarence Davis

72 2009 Independent Director

Christopher O'Leary

54 2006 Independent Director

George Off

65 1997 Independent Director

Mitchell Saranow

66 2004 Independent Director

Gary Sugarman

61 2009 Independent Director

Herbert Wander

77 1968 Independent Director

Jane McCahon

Vice President - Corporate Relations

Biographies

Name Description

LeRoy Carlson

Mr. LeRoy T. Carlson is Chairman Emeritus of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. (an executive officer of TDS) for more than five years. He is a Director of U.S. Cellular and is a Director emeritus of TDS.

Walter Carlson

Mr. Walter C. D. Carlson is a Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. He has been a director of TDS for almost 30 years. He is also a member and chairperson of the TDS Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee. Mr. Carlson has been a partner of the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP for more than 20 years and is a member of its executive committee. Mr. Carlson is an experienced litigator, and has represented various clients in a variety of types of specialized and general commercial litigation. Mr. Carlson is the head of the Financial and Securities Litigation group in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP. The law firm of Sidley Austin LLP provides legal services to TDS and its subsidiaries on a regular basis. Mr. Carlson has been a director of U.S. Cellular (NYSE: USM) since 1989. Mr. Carlson was previously a director of former TDS subsidiary Aerial Communications, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: AERL). Mr. Carlson has a J.D. from Harvard University.

LeRoy Carlson

Mr. LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. He has been a director of TDS since the time that TDS was founded. He has been TDS' President since 1981 and its Chief Executive Officer since 1986. LeRoy T. Carlson, Jr. has been a director of United States Cellular Corporation (NYSE: USM), a subsidiary of TDS which operates and invests in wireless telephone companies and properties ("U.S. Cellular"), since 1984, and has been its Chairman (an executive officer) since 1989. He has also been a director of TDS Telecommunications Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of TDS which operates local telephone companies ("TDS Telecom"), and its Chairman (an executive officer) for over 20 years. Mr. Carlson was previously a director of former TDS subsidiaries Aerial Communications, Inc. (formerly Nasdaq: AERL), which developed and operated wireless personal communications services, and American Paging, Inc. (formerly AMEX: APP), which operated wireless paging services. Mr. Carlson has an MBA from Harvard University.

Douglas Shuma

Mr. Douglas D. Shuma is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Mr. Shuma was appointed Senior Vice President and Controller of TDS on September 1, 2007. Prior to that time, Mr. Shuma was a consultant at Douglas Financial Consultants, a company that he founded, since 2006. Before that time, he was the Vice President and Controller of Baxter International Inc. for over five years. Mr. Shuma was appointed Chief Accounting Officer of U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom in 2011. Mr. Shuma is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).

Kenneth Meyers

Mr. Kenneth R. Meyers is President and Chief Executive Officer of United States Cellular Corporation, a subsidiary of the Company and Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Mr. Meyers served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of TDS since 2007. Mr. Meyers also had been Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of U.S. Cellular since 2011. He ceased to hold this office upon his appointment as U.S. Cellular’s President and Chief Executive Officer on June 22, 2013. In addition, Mr. Meyers had been Chief Accounting Officer of U.S. Cellular and Chief Accounting Officer of TDS Telecommunications Corporation, a subsidiary of TDS, between 2007 and 2011. Prior to 2007, Mr. Meyers had been employed by U.S. Cellular in accounting and financial capacities since 1987. Mr. Meyers is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA from Loyola University.

David Wittwer

Mr. David A. Wittwer is President and CEO of TDS Telecommunications Corporation, a subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., and Director of the Company. He has led TDS Telecom since 2007, with responsibility for TDS Telecom's wireline operations, and for TDS' cable and hosted and managed services operations. Wittwer joined TDS' corporate division in 1983 as an internal auditor, and moved to TDS Telecom in 1988 as an accounting manager. Since then, he has held successive leadership positions with TDS Telecom, including controller, CFO, and COO, with responsibility for a wide range of critical areas, including finance, sales and marketing, regulatory affairs, and engineering and network operations. Wittwer has been a member of the board of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce since 2007 and is currently board chair. He is a certified public accountant and holds a BBA in accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and an MS in management and human resources from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Peter Sereda

Mr. Peter L. Sereda is Senior Vice President - Finance, Treasurer of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., since May 19, 2011. Sereda joined TDS in 1998 as vice president and treasurer, and has since managed financing, cash and investments, commercial and investment bank relationships, and risk and pension assets for TDS and its business units, U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom. His new role adds responsibility for budgeting, planning and analysis. Sereda holds an MBA in finance and statistics from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and a BS in civil engineering and economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a member of the National Association of Corporate Treasurers, and of Beta Gamma Sigma, the international honor society serving business programs.

Kurt Thaus

Mr. Kurt B. Thaus is Chief Information Officer, Senior Vice President of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., since January 12, 2004. Prior to that time, he was employed by T-Systems North America, Inc., a division of Deutsche Telekom, A.G., a global provider of telecommunications and information technology services (XETRA: DTE.DE), for more than five years, most recently as Senior Vice President of technology management services.

Joseph Hanley

Mr. Joseph R. Hanley is Senior Vice President - Technology, Services and Strategy of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., since March 9, 2012. He joined TDS in 1988 and held positions in engineering, product management and development, customer operations, technology assessment, and strategy formulation. He became vice president of technology, planning and services in 2004, with responsibility for technology vendor relations and contracts, industry relations and standards, technology and policy support for growth initiatives, and technology strategy. Since then, Hanley's role has grown to include greater oversight of strategic planning for TDS and its businesses--U.S. Cellular and TDS Telecom--as well as planning and implementation of public policy and regulatory initiatives. Hanley was also named chairman of Airadigm Communications, Inc., a majority-owned wireless subsidiary of TDS, in December 2011. He serves on the board of directors and executive committee of ATIS, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, and is currently its treasurer. He is also on the advisory board of the Institute for Communication Technology Management at the University of Southern California's Marshall School of Business. He received an MBA from Arizona State University and a BS in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Scott Williamson

Mr. Scott H. Williamson is Senior Vice President - Acquisitions and Corporate Development of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., for more than five years.

C. Theodore Herbert

Mr. C. Theodore Herbert is Vice President - Human Resources of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., for more than five years.

Alan Schultz

Mr. Alan Schultz has been appointed as Vice President - Enterprise Growth and Portfolio Strategy of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., with effect from August 22, 2013. Schultz joined TDS on July 30, 2013, to lead the development of TDS' enterprise growth and portfolio strategy, including identifying and evaluating complementary business opportunities and allocating resources across the TDS portfolio of companies. Schultz joined TDS from Bain & Company, where he worked with companies in a variety of industries to develop and implement strategies to drive growth, improve sales coverage, segment customers and optimize pricing. He also performed commercial acquisition diligence for Bain's private equity group. Schultz has a BS in industrial engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Letitia Carlson

Dr. Letitia G. Carlson, M.D. is Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., since 1996. She has been a director of TDS for 13 years. Dr. Carlson has been a physician at George Washington University Medical Center for twenty years. At such medical center, she was a primary care fellow between 1990 and 1992, an assistant professor between 1992 and 2001 and an assistant clinical professor between 2001 and 2003, and has been an associate clinical professor since 2003. Dr. Carlson has an M.D. from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Carlson is one of the four beneficial owners of TDS Series A Common Shares and also beneficially owns a number of TDS Special Common Shares. Dr. Carlson brings to the TDS board of directors substantial experience and qualifications with respect to TDS and the telecommunications industry as a result of her 13 years as a Director of TDS.

Prudence Carlson

Ms. Prudence E. Carlson is Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Ms. Carlson has been a private investor for more than five years. Ms. Carlson is one of the four beneficial owners of TDS Series A Common Shares and also beneficially owns a number of TDS Common Shares. She is a trustee of the TDS Voting Trust. Ms. Carlson was elected to the TDS board of directors in 2008. Ms. Carlson brings to the TDS board of directors experience with respect to TDS and the telecommunications industry as a result of her background as an investor in TDS for many years, as a trustee of the TDS Voting Trust, and as a director of TDS, and brings diversity of background and attributes to the board. In addition, as a shareholder with a economic stake in TDS, Ms. Carlson provides to the TDS board of directors the perspective of shareholders in managing and operating TDS in the term interests of shareholders.

Clarence Davis

Mr. Clarence A. Davis is Independent Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Mr. Davis was previously a director of Nestor, Inc., and was a member and the chairman of Nestor's audit committee. He was the chief executive officer and an employee of Nestor from August 2007 until January 2009. Within the last ten years, Nestor petitioned the Rhode Island Superior Court for a court-appointed receiver who assumed all aspects of the company's operations in June 2009. The receiver sold the assets of Nestor to American Traffic Solutions in September 2009. Mr. Davis ceased to be a director of Nestor at that time. From May 2006 to August 2007, Mr. Davis was an independent consultant, and from September 2005 through May 2006, he served as consultant to the National Headquarters, American Red Cross. Prior thereto, Mr. Davis was employed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants ("AICPA"), serving as chief financial officer from 1998 through 2000 and chief operating officer from 2000 through 2005. Mr. Davis was an accountant at the public accounting firm of Spicer & Oppenheim and a predecessor public accounting firm between 1967 and 1990, and was a partner at such firm between 1979 and 1990. Mr. Davis is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Davis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Long Island University. Mr. Davis is, and has been since 2007, a member of the board of directors and board of trustees of The Gabelli SRI Green Fund and The GDL Fund, respectively, which are registered investment companies that are managed by an affiliate of GAMCO Asset Management, Inc. Mr. Davis is a member of the audit committee of each of such funds.

Christopher O'Leary

Mr. Christopher D. O'Leary is Independent Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., since 2006. In June 2006, Christopher D. O'Leary was appointed executive vice president, chief operating officer—international of General Mills, Inc. (NYSE: GIS), which manufactures and markets branded consumer foods on a worldwide basis. In this capacity, he oversees over 14,000 employees in over 100 countries. Before that, he was a senior vice president of General Mills since 1999. In addition, he was the president of the General Mills Meals division between 2001 and 2006 and was president of the Betty Crocker division between 1999 and 2001. Mr. O'Leary joined General Mills in 1997. Prior to his employment with General Mills, Mr. O'Leary was employed for 17 years with PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which manufactures, markets, and sells various snacks, beverages and foods on a worldwide basis. His assignments included leadership roles for the Walkers-Smiths business in the United Kingdom and the Hostess Frito-Lay business in Canada. Mr. O'Leary has an MBA from New York University.

George Off

Mr. George W. Off is Independent Director of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., since 1997. He is also a member of the TDS Compensation Committee and a member and chairperson of the TDS Audit Committee. Before he retired, Mr. Off was a director of Checkpoint Systems, Inc (NYSE: CKP) from 2002 to 2009, and was its chairman between 2002 and 2008. He was also the chief executive officer of Checkpoint Systems, Inc. between 2002 and 2007. Checkpoint Systems is a multinational manufacturer and marketer of integrated system solutions for retail security, labeling and merchandising. Prior to that, Mr. Off was chairman of the board of directors of Catalina Marketing Corporation, a provider of in-store electronic marketing services, which at the time was a NYSE listed company (formerly NYSE: POS), from 1998 until 2000. Mr. Off served as president and chief executive officer of Catalina from 1994 to 1998. In addition, Mr. Off has experience with the telecommunications industry as a director of TDS since 1997. Mr. Off also has been a member of the TDS Audit Committee for over 10 years and a member of the TDS Compensation Committee for over 5 years. Mr. Off has a Bachelor of Science degree from the Colorado School of Mines.

Mitchell Saranow

Mr. Mitchell H. Saranow is Independent Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Mr. Saranow is chairman of The Saranow Group, L.L.C., he founded in 1984, through which Mr. Saranow founded or co-founded, developed and sold several ventures. Mr. Saranow is chairman and a director of SureTint Systems, LLC and SureTint Technologies, LLC. These are privately-held companies that are involved in commercializing a series of inventions in the field of hair color formulation. Mr. Saranow was chairman of the board and co-chief executive officer of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI), which provides consulting services to various industries on an international level, from November 1999 to June 2000. Prior thereto, he was chairman and managing general partner of Fluid Management, L.P. for more than five years until it was acquired in 1996. Mr. Saranow was formerly a director of Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI), Lawson Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: LAWS), which distributes industrial maintenance and repair supplies, North American Scientific, Inc. (Nasdaq: NASM), which designs, develops, manufactures, and sells radioisotopic products for the treatment of cancer, and Telular Corp. (Nasdaq: WRLS), which designs, develops, manufactures and markets fixed cellular products. At Lawson Products, Mr. Saranow was a member and chairman of the nominating and corporate governance committee and the financial strategies committee and was a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee. Mr. Saranow also was a member of the audit committee of Navigant Consulting, a member and an "audit committee financial expert" of the audit committee of North American Scientific and a member and chairman of the audit committee of Telular Corp. Mr. Saranow has a JD/MBA degree from Harvard University.

Gary Sugarman

Mr. Gary L. Sugarman is Independent Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc. Mr. Sugarman founded and has been the managing member of Richfield Capital Partners, a private venture capital firm, since 2010. Mr. Sugarman is also principal of Richfield Associates, Inc., a privately-held telecom investment/merchant banking firm he founded in 1994. In November 2010, Richfield Capital Partners invested in FXecosystem, Inc., a private infrastructure provider to foreign exchange markets. In connection with this investment, Mr. Sugarman became a director and executive chairman of FXecosystem, Inc. Previously, Mr. Sugarman was the executive chairman of Veroxity Technology Partners, a privately-held facilities-based fiber network provider, between December 2007 and September 2010. Mr. Sugarman was on the board of directors of PrairieWave Communications, Inc., a privately-held over-builder providing telecommunications and cable television service in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, from 2003 until it was sold in 2007. Prior to that, he served as chairman and chief executive officer of Mid-Maine Communications, a privately-held facilities-based telecom company, from the time he co-founded the company in 1994 until it was sold in 2006. Prior thereto, Mr. Sugarman held various operating positions at Rochester Telephone Company (now known as Frontier Corporation (NYSE: FTR)), a public telecommunications company, from 1984 to 1991, including as Director of Business Development, in which capacity he was involved in many acquisitions and other development activities in the telecommunications industry. Mr. Sugarman is currently a director of LICT Corporation, a telecommunications company that is quoted on the Pink Sheets. (Mario J. Gabelli, who is the chairman of and may be deemed to control LICT Corporation, controls GAMCO Asset Management, Inc. Mr. Sugarman has an MBA from the University at Buffalo—State University of New York.

Herbert Wander

Mr. Herbert S. Wander is Independent Director of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., since 1968. He is also a member of the TDS Audit Committee and a member and chairperson of the TDS Compensation Committee. The following provides information on the background of Mr. Wander, including the specific factors that led to the conclusion that he should serve as a Director of TDS. He has been a partner of the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for more than 30 years. He has been a lawyer for over 40 years, concentrating on all aspects of business law, including corporate governance. Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP does not provide legal services to TDS or its subsidiaries. In 2004, Mr. Wander was appointed by the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") to Chair the SEC Advisory Committee on smaller public companies, which committee delivered its final report to the SEC in 2006.In addition, Mr. Wander has experience with the telecommunications industry and TDS as a Director of TDS for over 40 years, as a member of the TDS Audit Committee for over 15 years and as a member of the TDS Compensation Committee for over 5 years. Mr. Wander has also previously served as a Director of Advance Ross Corporation (formerly Nasdaq: AROS), the primary business of which was operating a value-added tax (VAT) refund service in Europe. Mr. Wander has a law degree from Yale Law School.

Jane McCahon

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