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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Chandler

61 2002 Independent Chairman of the Board

Mark Ruelle

53 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anthony Somma

51 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

John Bridson

45 2015 Senior Vice President -Generation and Marketing

Bruce Akin

49 2015 Senior Vice President-Power Delivery

Jerl Banning

54 2015 Senior Vice President-Operations Support and Administration

Greg Greenwood

49 2011 Senior Vice President - Strategy

Larry Irick

58 2003 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Kevin Kongs

52 2013 Vice President, Controller

Mollie Carter

52 2003 Independent Director

R. Edwards

69 2001 Independent Director

Jerry Farley

69 2004 Independent Director

Richard Hawley

65 2011 Independent Director

B Isaac

62 2003 Independent Director

Sandra Lawrence

56 2004 Independent Director

S. Soderstrom

61 2010 Independent Director

Bruce Burns

Director - Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Chandler

Mr. Charles Q. Chandler, IV, is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Chandler has been chief executive officer of INTRUST Bank, N.A. since 1996 (as well as president from 1996 to 2013) and president and chief executive officer of INTRUST Financial Corporation since 1990 and 2009, respectively. Mr. Chandler is also chairman of the board of both INTRUST Bank, N.A. and INTRUST Financial Corporation. Both companies are large regional financial institutions headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Prior to this time period, Mr. Chandler spent thirteen years in other officer positions within those institutions. Mr. Chandler is also a director of Fidelity State Bank and Trust Company in Topeka, Kansas, First Bank of Newton in Newton, Kansas, HCA Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas, as well as several non-profit organizations. Mr. Chandler also served previously as a director of the First National Bank of Pratt, Kansas and New Horizons Foundation. Mr. Chandler’s qualifications to serve as our chairman of the board include his extensive leadership experience as a chief executive officer, his financial expertise and his knowledge of the business community in Wichita, Kansas, the largest city we serve.

Mark Ruelle

Mr. Mark A. Ruelle is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Westar Energy Inc. Mr. Ruelle brings twenty-eight years of business leadership experience to the board of directors. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Ruelle was our executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that role, he had responsibility for large construction projects, information technology and human resources in addition to accounting, finance and investor relations. Between 1997 and 2002, Mr. Ruelle served in various executive positions at Sierra Pacific Resources, Inc., the owner of the largest electric utilities in Nevada. While there, Mr. Ruelle served four years as senior vice president and chief financial officer and one year as president of its Nevada Power Company unit. From 1986 to 1997, Mr. Ruelle worked for us in various executive positions. Mr. Ruelle was also a director and member of the audit, compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees of US BioEnergy Corporation from 2006 to 2008. Mr. Ruelle currently serves as a director and member of the audit and nominating and governance committees of Houston Wire & Cable Company, a distributor of electrical wire and cable products and services based in Houston, Texas, the Edison Electric Institute, an association of shareholder owned electric companies, as a board member of GO Topeka Economic Partnership, as a trustee for the Stormont-Vail Foundation, a non-profit organization and was formerly an advisory board member for a privately-held sports apparel concern located in Kansas. Mr. Ruelle’s qualifications to serve as our director include his leadership experience, his financial expertise and his extensive utility industry experience.

Anthony Somma

Mr. Anthony D. Somma is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer of Westar Energy Inc. He joined Westar Energy in 1994 in corporate development, later working with Protection One as chief financial officer and senior vice president, finance. He returned to Westar as executive director financial and strategic planning, generation and marketing. In 2006 he was named treasurer and, in 2009, vice president, treasurer. He received his MBA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1994 and his BBA, accounting , from Bellevue University in 1988. A certified public accountant, Somma is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Financial Professionals and Financial Executives International. Tony is also on the Board for Ronald McDonald NE Kansas Charities.

John Bridson

John T. Bridson is Senior Vice President, Generation and Marketing of the company since January 2015. prior to this position he was a Vice President, Generation (February 2011 to December 2014) executive Director, Generation (May 2010 to February 2011) Executive Director, Lawrence Energy Center (January 2007 to May 2010) of the company.

Bruce Akin

Mr. Bruce A. Akin is a senior vice president of the company since January 2015. Prior to this position he was Vice President, Power Delivery (February 2012 to December 2014) and Vice President, Operations Strategy and Support (July 2007 to February 2012) of the company.

Jerl Banning

Jerl l Banning is a senior vice president-operations support and administration of the company since January 2015. prior to this position he was a Vice President, Human Resources and IT (January 2014 to December 2014) and Vice President, Human Resources (February 2010 to December 2013)

Greg Greenwood

Mr. Greg A. Greenwood is Senior Vice President - Strategy of Westar Energy Inc. He has held financial roles with Westar Energy since he joined the company as a staff accountant in 1993. Before being named vice president, construction projects in 2006, he was treasurer. He has held directorships in finance, corporate finance, financial strategy and planning and analysis. Prior to joining Westar he was a certified public accountant with Berberich, Trahan and Co. P.A. He received his bachelor of business administration, accounting degree from Washburn University in 1988. He is a member of Leadership Kansas and a Leadership Greater Topeka graduate.

Larry Irick

Mr.Larry D. Irick is Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Wester Energy, Inc.

Kevin Kongs

Mr. Kevin L. Kongs has been appointed as Vice President and Controller of Westar Energy, Inc., effective November 8, 2013. Mr. Kongs has served as Assistant Controller since October 2006.

Mollie Carter

Ms. Mollie Hale Carter is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Ms. Carter has twenty-eight years of business experience, including nineteen years as a chief executive of a Kansas based financial institution. Ms. Carter has been president and chief executive officer of Sunflower Bank, N.A. since 2005, and of its holding company, Sunflower Financial, Inc. (formerly Sunflower Banks, Inc.), since 1996. Ms. Carter is also a director of Sunflower Financial, Inc. and chairman of the board of Sunflower Bank, N.A. These entities are family owned financial institutions with headquarters in Salina, Kansas. Ms. Carter is also president of Star A, Inc., and has held officer positions with Star A., Inc. since 1997. Star A, Inc. is a family owned company with Kansas agricultural and other investment interests. Prior to holding these positions, Ms. Carter served ten years as a senior investment officer for John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company. In addition, Ms. Carter has served as a director of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company since 1996 and is a member of the compensation and nominating and corporate governance committees, and she previously served as a director of Premium Standard Farms, Inc., a large processor of pork products. Ms. Carter is also a member of the Kansas Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a director of the Kansas Health Foundation and she previously served as a director of Foley Equipment Company, a private company. Ms. Carter’s qualifications to serve as our director include her substantial leadership experience as a chief executive officer, her financial expertise and her significant experience serving as a director of a large public company.

R. Edwards

Mr. R. A. Edwards, III, is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Edwards has forty years of leadership experience with locally-based financial institutions. Mr. Edwards is chairman of the board of First National Bank of Hutchinson and was its president and chief executive officer from 1981 to 2010. Mr. Edwards is also a director and president of First Kansas Bancshares of Hutchinson, the parent corporation of First National Bank of Hutchinson. Mr. Edwards served as vice president of First Kansas Bancshares from 1986 to 2011. Both companies are financial institutions located in Hutchinson, Kansas. Mr. Edwards spent six years in executive positions and thirty-eight years as a director, including nine years as chairman of the board, with Douglas County Bank, a financial institution located in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Edwards also serves as chairman of the board and a member of the governance committee of Data Center, Inc., a bank technology company located in Hutchinson, Kansas, an advisory director and member of the audit committee of Kansas Natural Gas, a private company located in Hays, Kansas, a director of Mitchelhill Seed Company, a private company located in Missouri, and a director or trustee of several non-profit organizations and foundations. Mr. Edwards’ qualifications to serve as our director include his substantial leadership experience as a chief executive officer and his financial expertise.

Jerry Farley

Mr. Jerry B. Farley is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Farley has forty-three years of experience in the administration of the academic, business and fiscal operations of universities. Since 1997, Mr. Farley has been president of Washburn University located in Topeka, Kansas. Prior to that position, Mr. Farley worked in executive positions for the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. Mr. Farley has also been a Certified Public Accountant since 1972 and, although he has not practiced public accounting, his business responsibilities have included all aspects of financial management and reporting at three large public universities. Mr. Farley is a director and member of the audit and trust committees of CoreFirst Bank and Trust in Topeka, Kansas, and a director and member of the audit and governance committees of Guggenheim Investors, formerly The Security Group of Mutual Funds, also located in Topeka, Kansas. Mr. Farley also serves as a director for various non-profit and charitable organizations. Mr. Farley’s qualifications to serve as our director include his substantial leadership experience as the president of a public university, his extensive knowledge of the administration, financial and operational management of large organizations and his significant experience serving as a director of institutions in the financial industry.

Richard Hawley

Mr. Richard L. Hawley is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Hawley has over forty years of business experience, including twelve years as a chief financial officer within the electric and gas utility industries and fourteen years as a partner with an international accounting firm. From December of 2003 until December of 2011, Mr. Hawley was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Nicor Inc. and its regulated natural gas distribution utility subsidiary, Northern Illinois Gas Company, each located in Naperville, Illinois. From 1998 until 2002, Mr. Hawley was vice president and chief financial officer of Puget Energy, Inc. and its regulated electric and natural gas distribution utility subsidiary, Puget Sound Energy, Inc., each located in Bellevue, Washington. Prior to that, Mr. Hawley was an audit partner with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), an international accounting firm, from 1984 to 1998 and he also served in various other positions with that firm from 1973 to 1984. His audit experience included a significant emphasis on utility industry clients. From 2003 to 2013, Mr. Hawley was a director, chairman of the audit committee and member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of Fisher Communications, Inc., a media company located in Seattle, Washington. Mr. Hawley’s qualifications to serve as our director include his work experience as a chief financial officer and audit partner, his years of experience within the electric and gas utility industries and his experience as a director of a public company.

B Isaac

Mr. B. Anthony Isaac is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Isaac has thirty-eight years of business experience, thirty-four of which have been spent in leadership positions within the hotel industry. From 2011 until April of 2015, Mr. Isaac was Senior Vice President and Head of Select Service Strategy and Development of Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a global hotel management, franchising, ownership and development company based in Chicago, Illinois with properties worldwide. From 2000 until 2011, Mr. Isaac was president of LodgeWorks, L.P., a hotel management and development company based in Wichita, Kansas, which was acquired by Hyatt Hotels Corporation in 2011. Prior to 2000, Mr. Isaac held management positions with Wyndham International, Summerfield Hotel Corporation, Residence Inn Company and the Marriott Corporation. Mr. Isaac is currently vice chairman of the board, chairman of the finance committee and a member of the compensation committees of Via Christi Health System in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Isaac was formerly chairman of the board and chairman of the compensation and strategic planning committees of The Via Christi Wichita Regional Health Network, a subsidiary of Via Christi Health System, and a trustee of Wichita Collegiate School, located in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Isaac’s qualifications to serve as our director include his extensive leadership experience both as the chief executive officer of a privately-held company and as an executive with other large companies in the hotel industry, and his substantial experience with strategic planning and financial matters.

Sandra Lawrence

Ms. Sandra A. J. Lawrence is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Ms. Lawrence brings thirty-four years of varied business experience to her position as director. Since December of 2005, Ms. Lawrence has been executive vice president and chief financial officer of Children’s Mercy Hospital located in Kansas City, Missouri. From December of 2004 until March of 2005, Ms. Lawrence was senior vice president and treasurer, and from March of 2005 until December of 2005, she was senior vice president and chief financial officer, of MRI Global (formerly Midwest Research Institute), an independent, non-profit, contract research organization located in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that Ms. Lawrence spent twenty-six years in professional or management positions in the architecture, real estate, financial services, packaging, and medical research industries. Ms. Lawrence is a director of Turn the Page KC, a past director (and past Chairman of the Board) of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, a director of the Kansas BioScience Authority, an organization dedicated to the advancement of Kansas’ leadership in bioscience, a director and chair of the audit committee and member of the investment committee of the Hall Family Foundation, a private charitable organization, and a trustee, chair of the Nominating Task Force and member of the investment committee of the Nelson-Atkins Museum, located in Kansas City, Missouri. Ms. Lawrence was an appointee to the Mayor’s Google Task Force in Kansas City, Missouri and she also served on The Kansas City Market Board of US Bank and as a director of Children’s Mercy Hospital, J.E. Dunn Construction Group, Inc., and numerous other private, non-profit and civic organizations.

S. Soderstrom

Mr. S. Carl Soderstrom is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Soderstrom previously served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for ArvinMeritor, an automotive and commercial vehicle components manufacturer based in Troy, Michigan. Mr. Soderstrom brings over twenty-eight years of experience in operations, finance, engineering and product development in the automotive and manufacturing industries to our board of directors. Mr. Soderstrom’s experience includes executive and management positions at Rockwell International, General Electric Company and Emerson Electric. Mr. Soderstrom is a director, chairman of the audit committee and a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee of FreightCar America, Inc., a railcar manufacturing company located in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Soderstrom is also a director, chairman of the corporate governance committee and member of the audit review committee of Lydall, Inc., a technology and manufacturing company headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut. Mr. Soderstrom’s qualifications to serve as our director include his substantial financial expertise, his operations and engineering knowledge from his experience at other large public companies and his substantial experience serving as a director of other public companies.

Bruce Burns

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