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Winnebago Industries Inc (WGO)

WGO on New York Consolidated

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Chiusano

64 2016 Chairman of the Board

Michael Happe

44 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Sarah Nielsen

42 2005 Chief Financial Officer, Vice President

Donald Heidemann

43 2015 Finance Director, Treasurer, IR Contact Officer

Scott Folkers

53 2012 Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

S. Scott Degnan

50 2016 Vice President & General Manager, Towables Business

Brian Hazelton

46 2016 Vice President & General Manager - Motorhome Business

Ashis Bhattacharya

53 2016 Vice President - Strategic Planning and Development

Steven Dummett

60 2015 Vice President - Product Development

Daryl Krieger

52 2010 Vice President - Manufacturing

Bret Woodson

45 2015 Vice President - Administration

Lawrence Erickson

66 2016 Director

Jerry Currie

70 1996 Independent Director

William Fisher

61 2015 Independent Director

Martha Rodamaker

53 2012 Independent Director

Mark Schroepfer

68 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Chiusano

Mr. Robert M. Chiusano is Chairman of the Board of Winnebago Industries, Inc. Mr. Chiusano is currently a principal in RMC Consulting, a company focused on leadership development and operational excellence. Additionally, Mr. Chiusano is a former Executive Vice President and Special Assistant to the CEO and a former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer - Commercial Systems of Rockwell Collins, Inc. Based primarily upon Mr. Chiusano's extensive knowledge of strategic and organizational planning and acquisition management, his leadership experience as a former Executive Vice President at a communications and aviation electronics manufacturer, his tenure and contributions as a current Board and Board committee member, as well as his contributions as a community director to the University of Iowa Engineering Advisory Board and Coe College Board of Trustees, the Board concluded that Mr. Chiusano should continue to serve as a director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

Michael Happe

Mr. Michael J. Happe is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Happe joins Winnebago Industries from The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) headquartered in Bloomington, Minnesota, where he most recently served as an Executive Officer and Group Vice President of Toro’s Residential and Contractor businesses. A 19-year veteran of Toro, he held a series of senior leadership positions throughout his career across a variety of the company’s domestic and international divisions. Michael Happe received his Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas.

Sarah Nielsen

Ms. Sarah N. Nielsen is Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of the company. Ms. Nielsen has ten years of experience with Winnebago Industries. She has been Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since November 2005. Ms. Nielsen joined the Company in August 2005 as Director of Special Projects and Training. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, she was employed as a senior audit manager at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where she worked from 1995 to 2005. Ms. Nielsen is a Certified Public Accountant.

Donald Heidemann

Mr. Donald L. Heidemann is Director - Finance, Treasurer of the company. Mr. Heidemann has eight years of experience with Winnebago Industries. He was elected to the position of Treasurer in August 2007 and added Director of Finance responsibilities in August 2011. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Heidemann served in various treasury positions for Select Comfort Corporation from 2003 to July 2007 and served in various treasury positions for Rent-A-Center Incorporated from 1998 to 2003.

Scott Folkers

Mr. Scott C. Folkers serves as Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the company. Mr. Folkers joined Winnebago Industries in August 2010, as assistant general counsel. He was elected to the position of Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in June 2012. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Folkers was employed as in-house counsel for John Morrell & Co., in Sioux Falls, SD from 1998 to 2010. Mr. Folkers is a member of the Iowa Bar Association.

S. Scott Degnan

Mr. S. Scott Degnan is Vice President & General Manager, Towables Business of the company, Effective May 29, 2012. He has nearly 30 years of RV industry experience and most recently served as Vice President of Motorhome Sales and Product Management at Winnebago Industries. Prior to joining Winnebago, Degnan worked in a variety of sales and marketing leadership roles with companies such as Fleetwood, National RV and Coachmen.

Brian Hazelton

Mr. Brian Hazelton has been appointed as Vice President & General Manager - Motorhome Business of the Company, effective August 29, 2016. This Executive Officer position will report directly to Michael Happe, President and CEO. Hazelton will have responsibility for leading Winnebago's core motorized recreational vehicle division, which includes a full line of well-known gas and diesel products sold predominantly in North America. Hazelton previously was Chief Executive Officer of Schwing America, Inc., a leading manufacturer of specialty concrete-related construction equipment. Prior to his time with Schwing, Hazelton worked for Terex Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation in various Vice President roles, many of which were customer-facing areas such as sales, marketing, service, and dealer development. Hazelton is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, with an undergraduate degree in Business/Finance.

Ashis Bhattacharya

Mr. Ashis Bhattacharya is Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development of the Company. He joins Winnebago Industries from Honeywell, where he most recently was Vice President, Strategy, Alliances & Internet of Things (IoT) for the Sensing & Productivity Solutions division. Prior to that role, Bhattacharya was Vice President, Global Marketing & Business Development for the Sensing & Control division. Before joining Honeywell, he was employed with Moog, Motorola and Bain & Company in a variety of roles including a role with Moog as Group Vice President - Global Marketing. Bhattacharya received his MBA from INSEAD, the European Institute of Business Administration in Fontainebleau, France. He also has a graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata, India, and a BS (Mechanical Engineering) from the University of Poona, Pune, India.

Steven Dummett

Mr. Steven R. Dummett is Vice President - Product Development of Company. Mr. Dummett has over 30 years of experience with Winnebago Industries. He was elected to the position of Vice President, Product Development in January, 2015. Prior to that time, he served as Design Engineering Manager from 2010 to 2015, and as Project Engineering Coordinator and Product Designer.

Daryl Krieger

Mr. Daryl Wayne Krieger serves as Managing Director of Iowa Operations of the Company. He was Vice President - Manufacturing of the company. Mr. Krieger has over 30 years of experience with Winnebago Industries. He has been Vice President, Manufacturing since May 2010. Prior to that time, he served as Director of Manufacturing from November 2009 to May 2010 and General Manager - Fabrication from February 2002 to November 2009.

Bret Woodson

Mr. Bret A. Woodson is the Vice President - Administration of the company. Mr. Woodson joined Winnebago Industries in January 2015 as Vice President, Administration. Prior to joining Winnebago Industries, Mr. Woodson had been employed by Corbion from 2007 to 2014 and Sara Lee from 1999 to 2007 and has over 22 years of business and human resources experience.

Lawrence Erickson

Mr. Lawrence A. Erickson is no longer Director of the Company, effective December 2016. He is no longer Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He has served as an Independent Director of Winnebago Industries Inc. Mr. Erickson is a former Senior Vice President and CFO of Rockwell Collins, Inc. Based primarily upon Mr. Erickson's significant experience in the areas of finance, accounting and auditing with public companies, his leadership experiences as a former Senior Vice President and CFO at a communications and aviation electronics manufacturer, and his tenure and contributions as a current Board and Board committee member, the Board concluded that Mr. Erickson should continue to serve as a director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

Jerry Currie

Mr. Jerry N. Currie is no longer Independent Director of the Company, effective December 2016. Mr. Currie is the former President and CEO of CURRIES Company, a manufacturer of steel doors and frames for the nonresidential construction industry, a position he left in March of 2014. CURRIES Company is owned by ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in door opening solutions. Based primarily upon Mr. Currie's significant experience gained in manufacturing management and operations, his leadership experience as the former President and CEO of a manufacturing company, and his tenure and contributions as a current Board and Board committee member, the Board concluded that Mr. Currie should continue to serve as a director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

William Fisher

Mr. William C. Fisher is the independent director of the company. a retired business executive, has been a director since March 2015. Mr. Fisher was the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Polaris Industries, Inc. from November 2007 until he retired on December 31, 2014. During his tenure at Polaris he also served as the Chief Information Officer and the General Manager of Service overseeing all technical, dealer, and consumer service operations. Prior to joining Polaris, Mr. Fisher was employed by MTS Systems for 15 years in various positions in information services, software engineering, control product development, and general management. Before that time, Mr. Fisher worked as a civil engineer for Anderson-Nichols and he later joined Autocon Industries, where he developed process control software.

Martha Rodamaker

Ms. Martha (Marti) Tomson Rodamaker, is a Independent Director of the company. Ms. Rodamaker has been the president, CEO, and a board member of First Citizens National Bank in Mason City, Iowa since 1997, and has been with First Citizens since 1992. Prior to that she spent five years working as a commercial banker and internal auditor at Norwest Bank in Minneapolis. Her education includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Northern Iowa and a MBA in finance from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has an extensive history of working with companies in northern Iowa and through her education and years of experience offers a broad base of knowledge about all facets of business. Based upon Ms. Rodamaker's financial experience and leadership experience, the Board concluded that Ms. Rodamaker should be nominated to serve as a non-employee director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

Mark Schroepfer

Mr. Mark T. Schroepfer serves as Independent Director of the company. He is a retired business executive, has been a director since 2011. Mr. Schroepfer is retired, but serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. He previously served as President, CEO, and Chairman of Lincoln Industrial Corp, a world leading designer and supplier of highly engineered lubrication systems from 1996 to 2005. From 1987 to 1995, Mr. Schroepfer served as Pentair Inc.'s Vice President of Finance and MIS, Corporate Controller, and President of Penwald Insurance Company. Based upon Mr. Schroepfer's significant skills and experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning, manufacturing and financial operations and his leadership experience, the Board concluded that Mr. Schroepfer should continue to serve as a director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC. Due to Mr. Schroepfer's experience, he is considered an audit committee financial expert.