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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jeffrey Hinson

61 2013 Independent Chairman of the Board

Anthony Thomas

44 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Robert Gunderman

43 2015 Chief Financial Officer

Jarrod Berkshire

2016 President - Operations for Georgia

Sarah Day

2016 President - Consumer and Small Business

James Works

48 2014 President - Enterprise of Windstream

Joseph Harding

2015 Executive Vice President, Enterprise Chief Marketing Officer

John Fletcher

50 2015 Executive Vice President, General Counsel

Matthew Dement

2015 Senior Vice President - Strategy, Corporate Development and Financial Planning & Analysis

Beth Lackey

2016 Senior Vice President of Carrier Operations

Lewis Langston

2015 Chief Information Officer

John Eichler

44 2009 Vice President, Controller

Larry Laque

58 2016 Director

Alan Wells

56 2010 Non-Executive Director

Carol Armitage

58 2007 Independent Director

Samuel Beall

65 2006 Independent Director

Jeannie Diefenderfer

55 2016 Independent Director

Michael Stoltz

65 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Jeffrey Hinson

Mr. Jeffrey T. Hinson is Independent Chairman of the Board of Windstream Holdings Inc., since May 1, 2013. Jeffrey T. Hinson has served as a director since Windstream’s formation in 2006 and as Chairman of the Board since May 2013. Mr. Hinson served on the Audit Committee from 2006 to May 2013 and as Chair of the Audit Committee from May 2010 to May 2013. Mr. Hinson has been the President of YouPlus Media LLC, a video content marketing firm, since June 2009. From July 2007 to July 2009, Mr. Hinson served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Border Media Partners, LLC, a Hispanic-focused radio broadcasting company. Mr. Hinson previously served in a number of roles at Univision Communications Inc., a Spanish language media company, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (March 2004 to June 2005) and as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Univision Radio, the radio division of Univision (September 2003 to March 2004). Since 2005, Mr. Hinson has been a director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), a global entertainment company that promotes live music events, operates music venues, sells tickets to entertainment and sporting events, and provides management services to music recording artists. He also serves as a director, and as Chairman of the Audit Committee, of TiVo, Inc. (NASDAQ: TIVO), a provider of subscription-based DVR services and interactive video advertising. Until 2014, Mr. Hinson served as a director, Audit Committee member and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: ACRE), a specialty finance company and real estate investment trust focused on originating, investing in and managing middle-market commercial real estate loans and investments.

Anthony Thomas

Mr. Anthony W. Thomas, CPA., is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Windstream Holdings, Inc & Windstream Corporation., February 1, 2015. Tony Thomas was appointed President & Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and to the Board of Directors on December 11, 2014. He previously held the following positions at Windstream prior to his appointment as President & CEO: President-REIT Operations (September to December 2014); Chief Financial Officer (August 2009 to September 2014); Treasurer (May 2012 to August 2013); and Controller (July 2006 to August 2009). Mr. Thomas also served as Controller of Alltel Holding Corp. from June 2006 to July 2006, the predecessor entity to Windstream Holdings, Inc., and held various other leadership positions with Alltel Corporation, a former publicly-traded wireless company, from 1998 to 2006, including Vice President of Investor Relations and Vice President of Southeast Regional Finance. Mr. Thomas joined Alltel after its merger with 360 Communications in 1998. Prior to entering the communications industry, Mr. Thomas was a senior auditor with Ernst & Young LLP focusing on the telecom practice.

Robert Gunderman

Mr. Robert E. Gunderman is Chief Financial Officer of the Company. He was Treasurer of Windstream Holdings Inc. He was Interim Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of Windstream Holdings, Inc. & Windstream Corporation., effective Oct. 1, 2014. He was Senior Vice President - Financial Planning and Treasurer of Windstream from August 2013 to December 2014. Senior Vice President - Financial Planning and Treasury of Windstream from June 2012 to August 2013; Vice President - Financial Planning of Windstream from August 2008 to June 2012. He served in various management roles at Alltel including vice president of revenue accounting and revenue assurance, director of financial planning and director of mergers and acquisitions. He was a senior accountant with Deloitte and Touche LLP before entering the communications industry in 1996. Gunderman holds a degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas and is a certified public accountant. He serves on the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Arkansas.

Jarrod Berkshire

Sarah Day

Ms. Sarah Day is President - Consumer and Small Business of the Company., effective Jan. 1, 2016. Day will be responsible for leading, managing and developing the short- and long-term strategies of the C/SMB unit. Day, who joined the company in 2008, has served for six months as interim president of C/SMB. Previously, she was senior vice president of C/SMB Marketing and Customer Care. Day graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She received a Master's of Business Administration from Wake Forest University's Babcock Graduate School of Management.

James Works

Mr. James David Works, Jr., is President - Enterprise of Windstream since December 12, 2014. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Windstream from February 2012 to December 2014; Senior Vice President and President, Talent and Human Capital Services of Sears Holdings Corp. from September 2009 to January 2012.

Joseph Harding

Mr. Joseph Harding has been appointed as an Executive Vice President, Enterprise Chief Marketing Officer of the Company effective February 16, 2015. Harding has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. He has served as chief marketing officer for Integra, a facilities-based telecom and cloud services provider, since September 2011. From 1998 to 2011, Harding held senior leadership positions at Level 3 in product development and management, customer experience strategy, business process management and e-commerce. Harding began his career at MCI Communications in 1993 as a marketing manager in the business markets division. Harding has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and finance from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

John Fletcher

Mr. John P. Fletcher is Executive Vice President, General Counsel of Windstream Holdings Inc., since Jan 2015. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Windstream from July 2006 to January 2015.

Matthew Dement

Mr. Matthew Dement has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Strategy, Corporate Development and Financial Planning & Analysis of the Company effective February 2, 2015. Dement currently serves as a senior vice president in the communications and media group at Stephens Inc., a full-service independent investment bank. During his 10-year tenure at Stephens, Dement advised on dozens of transactions with a combined transaction value of more than $30 billion. He has spent significant time on both buy-side and sell-side assignments, as well as performed other strategic advisory work for both public and private companies. Dement received a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and economics from Rhodes College.

Beth Lackey

Ms. Beth A. Lackey is Senior Vice President of Carrier Operations of the Company. She brings a wealth of experience from virtually every aspect of telecommunications and in her most recent position, she led service delivery in North America and Asia for Level 3 Communications. With more than 35 years in the industry, she has also served in a range of leadership roles at tw telecom, Covad Communications and US West, building her expertise in areas including customer experience strategy, network and customer operations, field services, sales, marketing, and process improvement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration from Colorado State University and an MBA in international business from Regis University. She also serves on the board of Sungate Kids, a Denver-based organization that provides comprehensive investigation and support services to victims of child abuse. Lackey was recently inducted into the VIP Woman of the Year Circle of the National Association of Professional Women and was also a 2014 Denver Business Journal Outstanding Women in Business, Technology & Telecom awards finalist. She is based in Denver.

Lewis Langston

Mr. Lewis Langston has been appointed as Chief Information Officer of the Company effective February 2, 2015. Langston served as chief information officer at Allied Wireless Communications Corporation from 2009 to 2013. The company was acquired by AT&T in September 2013. He most recently was an executive telecommunications and technology consultant. Prior to joining Allied Wireless, Langston was executive vice president of process development and support at Alltel Corp. from 2003 to 2009. He also held a number of senior leadership roles at Alltel from 1998 to 2003 in financial services, operations support and IT service delivery. From 1984 to 1998, Langston held various programming and sales roles at Alltel Information Services. Langston holds a bachelor of business administration degree in business analysis from Texas A&M University.

John Eichler

Mr. John C. Eichler, CPA, is Vice President, Controller of the Company, since August 10, 2009. He served as Vice President of Internal Audit from July 2006 to August 2009.

Larry Laque

Mr. Larry Laque is Director of the company, He has served as a director since February 2016. Upon his election at the Annual Meeting, he will serve as a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Laque currently serves as Executive Vice President – Global Real Estate and Facilities for Discovery Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: DISCA). In addition to his current position, he has held key leadership roles at Discovery during the last 14 years, including Executive Vice President and Co-CIO and Co-Head of Enterprise Operational Services from 2010 to 2015, and in executive positions in the IT organization from 2002 to 2010. Prior to joining Discovery in 2002, he held several leadership positions in network planning and implementation, operations and customer service at MCI Worldcom, Inc. and MCI Communications from 1982 to 2002.

Alan Wells

Mr. Alan L. Wells is Non-Executive Director of Windstream Holdings Inc., since June 1, 2010. He has served as a director since 2010 and is a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Upon his election at the Annual Meeting, he will continue to serve on the Audit Committee, will leave the Compensation Committee and will become Chair of the Governance Committee. He is a founding partner of Financial Advisory Partners, LLC, which makes private equity investments and provides investment banking services to mid-sized companies in the Midwest. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Iowa Telecommunication Services, Inc. (formerly NYSE: IWA) from 2002 to 2010 and Chairman of its board of directors from 2004 to 2010. He joined Iowa Telecom in 1999 as President and Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed to the role of President and Chief Executive Officer in 2002. Prior to joining Iowa Telecom, Mr. Wells was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company (NYSE: MEC), a Des Moines, Iowa-based electric and gas utility holding company, from 1997 until 1999. During the same period, Mr. Wells also served as President of MidAmerican’s non-regulated businesses. Mr. Wells held various executive and management positions with MidAmerican, its subsidiaries, and Iowa-Illinois Gas and Electric, one of its predecessors, from 1993 through 1999. Prior to that, Mr. Wells was with Deloitte Consulting (previously Deloitte & Touche Consulting) and previously held various positions with the Public Utility Commission of Texas and Illinois Power Company. He has been a CPA for over twenty years.

Carol Armitage

Ms. Carol B. Armitage is Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc., since September 5, 2007. She has served as a director since September 2007, and is a member of the Governance and Audit Committees. Upon her election at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Armitage will serve on the Audit and Compensation Committees. Ms. Armitage has served as a telecommunications consultant since 1998. From 1995 to 1997 she served as Senior Vice President – Technology and Strategy at General Instrument. Prior to 1995, she held various management and engineering positions during sixteen years of service with Bell Laboratories and Network Systems (which later became Lucent). From 2000 until August 2015, Ms. Armitage served and held various leadership positions on the board of directors of SCALA, Inc., a provider of digital signage and advertising management solutions, including as Board Chairman from March 2010 to March 2012, and Vice Chairman from 2000 to February 2010, and again from March 2012 to September 2015. From 2002 to 2004, Ms. Armitage served as Chairman of the Board and on the Audit Committee of YDI Wireless (now known as Proxim Wireless Corporation), then a public company engaged in the development and provision of wireless fiber technologies.

Samuel Beall

Mr. Samuel E. Beall, III, is Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc., since November 7, 2006. He has served as a director since November 2006 and is currently the Chair of the Compensation Committee. Upon his election at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Beall will serve on the Compensation and Governance Committees. Mr. Beall is Strategic Partner of Arlington Capital Advisors, a boutique investment bank, and is a principal in Beall Investments LLC, a private investment company. Mr. Beall served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. (NYSE: RT), which owns and operates casual dining restaurants under the Ruby Tuesday brand, from May 1995 to June 2012, and as President of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. from July 2004 until June 2012. Mr. Beall currently serves on the board of directors of Pilot Travel Centers LLC, a private company operating travel centers and travel plazas throughout North America.

Jeannie Diefenderfer

Ms. Jeannie H. Diefenderfer is an Independent Director of the Company. Jeannie Diefenderfer has served as a director since February 2016 and, upon her election at the Annual Meeting, she will serve on the Governance Committee. She is the founder and CEO of courageNpurpose, LLC, a consulting firm providing advisory services to boards and CEOs in strategic initiatives to drive operational and business efficacy. Previously she spent over 10 years in executive leadership roles at Verizon Communications, including leading Verizon’s global customer care organization for its largest enterprise customers, serving as Chief Procurement Officer, and as Senior Vice President of Global Engineering & Planning. Ms. Diefenderfer is a member of the Boards of Directors of MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRV), where she serves on the Compensation and Nominating and Governance Committees, and Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL). She is also a member of the Accenture Network Advisory Council and a strategic advisor to Vasona Networks and Federated Wireless.

Michael Stoltz

Mr. Michael G. Stoltz is Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc., since September 2014. He has served as a director since September 2014. Mr. Stoltz currently serves as chair of the Audit Committee and will remain so upon his election at the Annual Meeting. He was an audit partner of Ernst & Young LLP from 2002 to 2014, primarily focusing on the communications, media and entertainment industries. He led E&Y’s Communications Advisory Services Group from 2002 until mid-2004, which focused on providing advisory services to communications companies. Prior to joining E&Y, Mr. Stoltz was a partner with Arthur Andersen where he provided audit, finance and specialized project services to clients in the energy, governmental and telecommunications sectors.