People: Wisconsin Energy Corp (WEC.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Gale Klappa

63 2013 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer

Allen Leverett

47 2013 President

J. Patrick Keyes

48 2013 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Susan Martin

61 2012 Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Robert Garvin

47 2011 Senior Vice President

Stephen Dickson

53 2005 Vice President, Controller

J. Kevin Fletcher

55 2011 Senior Vice President of Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas LLC

John Bergstrom

67 1987 Independent Director

Barbara Bowles

66 Independent Director

Patricia Chadwick

65 2006 Independent Director

Curt Culver

63 2004 Independent Director

Thomas Fischer

66 2005 Independent Director

Henry Knueppel

65 2013 Independent Director

Ulice Payne

58 2003 Independent Director

Mary Stanek

57 2012 Independent Director

Colleen Henderson

Manager of Strategic Planning and Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Gale Klappa

Mr. Gale E. Klappa is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. As Chief Executive Officer of WEC and its two principal utility subsidiaries, Mr. Klappa represents and communicates management’s perspective to the Board. Mr. Klappa provides the Board with an understanding of the day-to-day operations of the Company, and, in turn, communicates the Board’s vision and direction for the Company to the other officers and management. Mr. Klappa has more than 39 years of experience working in the public utility industry, the last 21 at a senior executive level. Immediately prior to joining WEC in 2003, Mr. Klappa served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of The Southern Company, a public utility holding company serving the southeastern United States. Mr. Klappa also served in various other leadership positions during his tenure at Southern, including Chief Strategic Officer and Chief Executive of the company’s subsidiary in the United Kingdom. Mr. Klappa currently serves on the boards of Edison Electric Institute, an association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, and Electric Power Research Institute, an independent, non-profit research company performing research, development and demonstration in the electricity sector.

Allen Leverett

Mr. Allen L. Leverett has been appointed as President of Wisconsin Energy Corporation., effective August 1, 2013. Leverett joined Wisconsin Energy in 2003, as chief financial officer. In May 2004, he was named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Wisconsin Energy and We Energies. Prior to joining the company, he served as chief financial officer and executive vice president of Georgia Power Co. in Atlanta, Ga. Before that, Leverett was vice president and treasurer of Southern Company Services with overall responsibility for financial planning and analysis, capital markets and leasing, treasury and investor relations. Previously, Leverett held a variety of positions in transmission planning, integrated resource planning, strategic planning, wholesale marketing and finance. Leverett earned his bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in electrical engineering and mathematics from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. He also earned a master's degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., and a Master of Business Administration degree with a finance concentration from Auburn University, Auburn, Ala. Leverett is a director of American Transmission Company and nonexecutive chairman of Church Mutual Insurance Company. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Discovery World Museum and the board of trustees of Alverno College, both in Milwaukee.

J. Patrick Keyes

Mr. J. Patrick Keyes is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Mr. Keyes has been serving as vice president and treasurer since joining the company's leadership team in 2011. Keyes has nearly 25 years of experience in the utility practice at Accenture and its predecessor organizations, Andersen Consulting and Arthur Andersen. During that time, Keyes worked with more than 20 utilities, providing in the areas of smart metering, customer information systems, customer information management and utility customer operations. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Duke University and an MBA in Accounting and Finance from the University of Michigan.

Susan Martin

Ms. Susan H. Martin is Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. She has held positions with Wisconsin Electric -- Executive Vice President and General Counsel since March 2012. Corporate Secretary since December 2007. Vice President and Associate General Counsel from December 2007 to February 2012; Wisconsin Gas -- Executive Vice President and General Counsel since March 2012. Corporate Secretary since December 2007. Vice President and Associate General Counsel from December 2007 to February 2012. She earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in English and literature from the University of Michigan and a juris doctor degree cum laude from the University of Wisconsin.

Robert Garvin

Mr. Robert M. Garvin is Senior Vice President of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Before joining American Transmission Company, Garvin was vice president - regulatory affairs for NextEra Energy Resources of Juno Beach, Fla. Previously, he was a member of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), also serving as a director of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and chairing the association's nuclear waste subcommittee. While a member of the PSCW, Garvin was called to active military service for a one-year deployment in Iraq. Earlier in his career, Garvin was manager - legal and government affairs for Wisconsin Public Power, Inc., of Sun Prairie, Wis. Garvin holds both Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor Degrees from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He is Senior Vice President since April 2011 of Wisconsin Electric , Senior Vice President since April 2011 of Wisconsin Gas. He was Vice President and General Counsel from 2009 to April 2011 of American Transmission Co, Vice President from 2007 to 2009 of NextEra Energy Resources and Commissioner - Public Service Commission of Wisconsin -- 2001 to 2007.

Stephen Dickson

Mr. Stephen P. Dickson, CPA., is Vice President, Controller of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. He joined Wisconsin Energy Corporation and Wisconsin Electric (doing business as Energies) as controller in April 2000. He has been Vice President since 2005. He became Prior to joining the companies, he had served in the same position with Wisconsin Gas since 1998. From 1996 to 1998, Mr. Dickson was the director of Arthur Andersen’s Business Risk Consulting Services. He joined Arthur Andersen in 1983 as part of the Audit and Business Assurance division and was promoted to manager in 1988. Mr. Dickson graduated from Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Okla., in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. He became a Certified Public Accountant in 1985 and passed the Certified Internal Audit exam in 1997. Mr. Dickson is a member of the Financial Executives Institute and the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

J. Kevin Fletcher

Mr. J. Kevin Fletcher is Senior Vice President of Wisconsin Electric Power Company, and Wisconsin Gas LLC, a subsidiary of Wisconsin Energy Corp. He was Vice President - Community and Economic Development from 2007 to October 2011 of Georgia Power. Georgia Power is an affiliate of The Southern Company, a public utility holding company serving the southeastern United States.

John Bergstrom

Mr. John F. Bergstrom is an Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Mr. Bergstrom has over 30 years of experience as CEO of Bergstrom Corporation, one of the top 50 automotive dealership groups in America, with dealerships across eastern Wisconsin, including several in We Energies’ utility service territories. Therefore, Mr. Bergstrom provides the Board experience and insight with respect to understanding the needs of the Company’s retail customers, as well as Wisconsin’s business environment. As the CEO of a large, diverse retailer, Mr. Bergstrom has a deep understanding of executive compensation issues and challenges and is well qualified to provide perspective on customer focus and satisfaction which continues to be a primary focus of the Company. Mr. Bergstrom also provides the Board with insight gained from his over 28 years of service as a director on WEC’s and its subsidiaries’ Boards, over 50 years of combined experience as a director on the boards of several other publicly traded U.S. corporations, and past or present directorships on the boards of several regional non-profit entities, including the Green Bay Packers, Inc.

Barbara Bowles

Ms. Barbara L. Bowles is Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. As founder, president and CEO of The Kenwood Group, Inc., a Chicago-based investment advisory firm that managed pension funds for corporations, public institutions and endowments, Ms. Bowles has over 19 years of investment advisory experience. Before founding The Kenwood Group, Ms. Bowles, who is a Chartered Financial Analyst, was a chief investor relations officer for two Fortune 50 companies. Prior to that, she served as a portfolio manager and utility analyst for more than 10 years. With this combined experience, Ms. Bowles is well qualified to provide perspective to the Board as to what issues are important to investors, particularly what is important to analysts covering the Company’s industry. Ms. Bowles also served as chief compliance officer for the mid-cap portfolios following the Kenwood Group’s merger with Profit Investment Management, through which she gained a deep understanding of corporate governance issues and concerns. This experience is invaluable for Ms. Bowles’ positions as chair of the WEC Corporate Governance Committee and presiding independent director. Ms. Bowles’ past and present service as a director of other public companies, including service on several audit and finance committees, provides a resource to the Board in discussions of issues facing the Company.

Patricia Chadwick

Ms. Patricia W. Chadwick is an Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Ms. Chadwick, who is a Chartered Financial Analyst, was an investment professional/portfolio manager or principal for 30 years, and served as a director of research for four of those years. Since 1999, Ms. Chadwick has been president of Ravengate Partners, LLC, a firm that provides businesses and not-for-profit institutions with advice about the economy and the financial markets. As indicated above, Ms. Chadwick currently serves as a director on the boards of two registered investment companies. She has served as the Chair of multiple committees at AMICA Mutual Insurance Company, including the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee (which she currently chairs). She is also the Chair of the Domestic Investment Review Committee at ING Mutual Funds and serves on the Audit Committees for AMICA Mutual Insurance Company and The Royce Funds, as well as the Finance Committee for AMICA. Ms. Chadwick’s career and experience allow her to provide needed advice and insight to the Board on the capital markets. This perspective is valuable to WEC and its subsidiaries, which operate in a capital-intensive industry and must consistently access the capital markets. In addition, Ms. Chadwick’s service on the Board of AMICA, including presently serving as lead director, has provided her with experience in dealing with insurance risk management issues.

Curt Culver

Mr. Curt S. Culver is an Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. His other experiences includes - MGIC Investment Corporation – Chairman since 2005, Chief Executive Officer since 2000, and President from 1999 to 2006. MGIC Investment Corporation is the parent of Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation – Chairman since 2005, Chief Executive Officer since 1999, and President from 1996 to 2006. Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation is a private mortgage insurance company. Director of MGIC Investment Corporation since 1999. Director of Wisconsin Electric Power Company, and Wisconsin Gas LLC since 2004.

Thomas Fischer

Dr. Thomas J. Fischer is an Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. As Principal of Fischer Financial Consulting LLC, Mr. Fischer has provided consulting services to companies in the areas of corporate financial, accounting and governance matters since 2002. Prior to this, Mr. Fischer, who is a Certified Public Accountant, worked for Arthur Andersen, which was a large, international independent public accounting firm, for 33 years, the last 22 as a partner responsible for services provided to large, complex public and private companies and several public utility audits. Combined with Mr. Fischer’s service as a director and member of the audit committees of three other Wisconsin-based public companies, Mr. Fischer provides the Board with a deep understanding of corporate governance issues, accounting and auditing matters, including financial reporting and regulatory compliance, and risk assessment and management.

Henry Knueppel

Mr. Henry W. Knueppel has been appointed as Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation., effective February 1, 2013. Prior to serving as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board, Mr. Knueppel held several leadership positions at Regal Beloit Corporation and has more than 30 years of senior management experience at the company. Mr. Knueppel’s years of service with Regal Beloit Corporation, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of electrical motors, mechanical and electrical motion controls, and power generation products, provides him with knowledge of equipment used in the Company’s business. Mr. Knueppel continues to serve on Regal Beloit Corporation’s Board of Directors, as well as on the Boards of Directors of Harsco Corporation and Snap-On Incorporated, both large publicly-traded industrial companies. With his combined experience, Mr. Knueppel is well qualified to provide perspective on the issues facing the Company’s large commercial and industrial customers. Mr. Knueppel’s position as independent, non-executive Chairman of the Board at Harsco Corporation also provides him with insight into the latest corporate governance trends — experience Mr. Knueppel is able to bring to the Board.

Ulice Payne

Mr. Ulice Payne Jr., is an Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Mr. Payne has leadership experience within the local community and the state of Wisconsin, previously serving as president and CEO of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Inc., as managing partner of the Milwaukee office of Foley & Lardner, a Milwaukee-based law firm, and as Securities Commissioner for the state of Wisconsin. In addition, Mr. Payne is and has been involved in numerous Milwaukee-area non-profit entities, including serving as past chair of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation. Therefore, Mr. Payne is well positioned to provide the Board with perspective on the issues and challenges affecting the Milwaukee region as well as a broad spectrum of the Company’s customers. Mr. Payne presently advises on global trade compliance as Managing Member of Addison-Clifton, LLC, where Mr. Payne consistently deals with public policy and compliance matters, experience he brings to the Board. In addition, Mr. Payne’s past and present directorship experience on the Boards of several public corporations includes service as a member of either the audit or finance committee at each of these companies, which is beneficial to the Board.

Mary Stanek

Ms. Mary Ellen Stanek is an Independent Director of Wisconsin Energy Corporation. Ms. Stanek, who is a Chartered Financial Analyst, has over 34 years of investment management experience and is currently responsible for the development and portfolio management of all proprietary asset management services for Baird Financial Group. Ms. Stanek also co-manages several fixed income mutual funds as well as a number of taxable and tax-exempt portfolios. In addition to her positions set forth above, Ms. Stanek is also a director of Baird Financial Group. Because of her career and experience, Ms. Stanek brings significant knowledge of, and financial expertise in, the financial markets to the Board and Finance Committee. In particular, Ms. Stanek’s focus on fixed income investments is valuable as WEC and its subsidiaries customarily issue debt securities as a means of raising capital. In addition, Ms. Stanek brings experience in dealing with insurance risk management issues through her service as a director of West Bend Mutual Insurance Company since 1999. Ms. Stanek’s past and present experience serving on the boards of numerous Milwaukee-area non-profit institutions provides her with a good understanding of the issues and challenges that impact the Milwaukee region.

Colleen Henderson

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