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Winnebago Industries Inc (WGO)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Robert Chiusano

65 2016 Chairman of the Board

Michael Happe

45 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Bryan Hughes

2017 Chief Financial Officer, Chief Accounting Officer, Treasurer, Director

Donald Heidemann

44 2017 Finance Director, Treasurer

Jeff Kubacki

2016 Chief Information Officer, Vice President - Information Technology

Christopher West

44 2016 Vice President - Operations

Scott Folkers

54 2012 Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Steven Degnan

51 2016 Vice President & General Manager, Towables Business

Brian Hazelton

51 2016 Vice President & General Manager - Motorhome Business

Ashis Bhattacharya

53 2016 Vice President - Strategic Planning and Development

Steven Dummett

61 2015 Vice President - Product Development

Bret Woodson

46 2015 Vice President - Administration

Daryl Krieger

53 2016 Managing Director of Iowa Operations

Richard Moss

59 2017 Director

John Murabito

58 2017 Director

Christopher Braun

56 2015 Independent Director

William Fisher

62 2015 Independent Director

David Miles

59 2015 Independent Director

Martha Rodamaker

54 2012 Independent Director

Mark Schroepfer

69 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Robert Chiusano

Mr. Robert M. Chiusano is the Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Chiusano has been a director since 2008. 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 be nominated 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 the President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Company. Mr. Happe joined Winnebago on January 18, 2016, as the President, CEO and a director. He previously worked at 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. Mr. Happe received his Master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Kansas. Based upon Mr. Happe's business acumen, extensive experience at Toro and his exemplary service to the Company since joining in January 2016, the Board concluded that Mr. Happe should be nominated to serve as a Class III director for the remainder of the term at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

Bryan Hughes

Donald Heidemann

Mr. Donald L. Heidemann is the Director - Finance and Treasurer of the company. Mr. Heidemann has nine 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 the Company, 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.

Jeff Kubacki

Mr. Jeff Kubacki has been appointed as Chief Information Officer, Vice President - Information Technology of the Company., effective November 14, 2016. Kubacki previously was Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Westinghouse Electric Company, a global provider of nuclear power plant products and services. Prior to that position he was Chief Information Officer at Alliant Techsystems, a defense, aerospace, sporting goods and retail markets company and Kroll, a global risk consulting firm. Kubacki has also held various IT roles with Ecolab. Kubacki received a Master's of Business Administration from the University of South Florida and an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Christopher West

Mr. Christopher David West serves as Vice President - Operations of the Company. Mr. West joined Winnebago Industries in September 2016 as Vice President, Operations. He previously was Vice President of Global Supply Chain for Joy Global (a worldwide equipment manufacturer) from 2014 to 2016, and Operations Director from 2012 to 2014. Other positions Mr. West has held include Director of Manufacturing for AGCO Corporation (an agricultural equipment manufacturer) from 2008 to 2012 and Director of Operations and other management positions for the Nordam Group (a manufacturer of aircraft interiors) from 1999 to 2009.

Scott Folkers

Mr. Scott C. Folkers is the Vice President, General Counsel and 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, 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.

Steven Degnan

Mr. Steven Scott Degnan is the Vice President & General Manager - Towables Business of the company. Mr. Degnan joined Winnebago Industries in May 2012 as Vice President of Sales and Product Management. He moved into the role of Vice President and General Manager, Towables Business in July 2016. Prior to joining Winnebago, Mr. Degnan served as Vice President of Sales for Riverside, California's MVP RV from 2010 to 2012. He also previously served in management and sales positions with Coachmen RV from 2008 to 2010, with National RV from 2007 to 2008, and Fleetwood Enterprises from 1987 to 2007.

Brian Hazelton

Mr. Brian Daniel Hazelton is the Vice President & General Manager - Motorhome Business of the Company. Mr. Hazelton joined Winnebago Industries in August 2016 as Vice President and General Manager, Motorhome Business. He previously was CEO of Schwing America, Inc. from 2009 to 2016. Schwing declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2009 emerging in 2010 with a reorganization plan. Prior to his employment with Schwing, he worked for Terex Corporation and Detroit Diesel Corporation in various executive roles.

Ashis Bhattacharya

Mr. Ashis Nayan Bhattacharya is the Vice President - Strategic Planning and Development of the Company. Mr. Bhattacharya joined Winnebago Industries in May 2016 as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Development. Prior to joining Winnebago, Mr. Bhattacharya served at Honeywell as Vice President, Strategy, Alliances & Internet of Things (IoT) for the Sensing and Productivity Solutions division from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that, he was employed with Moog, Motorola, and Bain & Company in a variety of roles.

Steven Dummett

Mr. Steven R. Dummett is the Vice President - Product Development of the 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. Effective September 16, 2016 Mr. Dummett was named Managing Director of Engineering, reporting to Mr. Hazelton.

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, Mr. Woodson was Vice President of Human Resources at Corbion from 2007 to 2014 and Director, Human Resources at Sara Lee from 1999 to 2007 and has over 23 years of business and human resources experience.

Daryl Krieger

Mr. Daryl Wayne Krieger is the Managing Director of Iowa Operations 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. Effective September 16, 2016 Mr. Krieger was named Managing Director of Iowa Operations, reporting to Mr. West.

Richard Moss

Mr. Richard (Rick) D. Moss has been appointed as Director of the Company effective February 1, 2017. Moss is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) , a public company manufacturer of everyday leading basic apparel with annual revenues of more than $5 billion. Moss has served as CFO since 2011. Since joining HanesBrands in 2006, he has also held the positions of Chief Treasury and Tax Officer and Treasurer. Prior to joining HanesBrands, Moss served as CFO of Chattem, Inc. He was also previously Vice President and Treasurer of Sealy Corporation and Group Treasurer for Ansaldo STS. Moss received an MBA and Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. In addition to serving on the full Board for Winnebago Industries, Moss will sit on the Audit and Finance committees.

John Murabito

Mr. John M. Murabito is Director of the Company. Mr. Murabito is the Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI). Mr. Murabito received an M.A. in Industrial Relations from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, and a B.A. in Economics from Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Christopher Braun

Mr. Christopher J. Braun is an Independent Director of the Company. He is a self-employed management consultant, has been a director since 2015. Mr. Braun has over 30 years of leadership experience encompassing manufacturing, finance and sales. He founded Teton Buildings in 2008 and held the position of CEO through 2013. His previous experience includes CEO of Teton Homes, Executive Vice President - RV Group at Fleetwood Enterprises and various senior management positions within PACCAR Corporation, manufacturer of Kenworth and Peterbilt trucks. Based upon Mr. Braun's experience in the RV industry and his financial knowledge, the Board concluded that Mr. Braun should continue to serve as a non-employee director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

William Fisher

Mr. William C. Fisher is an independent director of the company. He is 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 his retirement on December 31, 2014. During his tenure at Polaris he also served as 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. Based upon Mr. Fisher's experience with information systems and his familiarity with highly discretionary consumer products, the Board concluded that Mr. Fisher should continue to serve as a director at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

David Miles

Mr. David W. Miles is an Independent Director of the Company. He is a financial adviser, entrepreneur and investor, has been a director since 2015. Mr. Miles is chairman and principal owner of Miles Capital, Inc., a registered investment advisory firm with $4.3 billion in client assets under management, co-founder and Managing Principal of the venture capital firm ManchesterStory Group, LLC, and founder and Manager of The Miles Group, LLC, a firm focused on direct and indirect private equity investments. He is also president and director of the Miles Funds, Inc., and a director of Northwest Financial Corporation. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, a Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and his B.A. from Drake University. Based upon Mr. Miles' financial and leadership experience, the Board concluded that Mr. Miles should continue to serve as a non-employee director of Winnebago Industries at the time this Proxy Statement is filed with the SEC.

Martha Rodamaker

Ms. Martha Tomson Rodamaker is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Rodamaker has served as a director since 2012. 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 worked five years 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 continue 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 is an 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 relevant experience in finance, accounting and auditing, the Board determined that he is an audit committee financial expert.