People: Westar Energy Inc (WR)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Chandler

60 2002 Independent Chairman of the Board

Mark Ruelle

52 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anthony Somma

50 2011 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Treasurer

Douglas Sterbenz

50 2007 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Greg Greenwood

48 2011 Senior Vice President - Strategy

Larry Irick

57 2003 Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Kevin Kongs

51 2013 Vice President, Controller

Mollie Carter

51 2003 Independent Director

R. Edwards

68 2001 Independent Director

Jerry Farley

67 2004 Independent Director

Richard Hawley

64 2011 Independent Director

B Isaac

61 2003 Independent Director

Sandra Lawrence

56 2004 Independent Director

Michael Morrissey

71 2003 Independent Director

S. Soderstrom

60 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 served as director since December of 1999 and chairman of board of directors since December of 2002. Mr. Chandler has been president and chief executive officer of INTRUST Bank, N.A. since 1996 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 regional financial institutions located 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.

Mark Ruelle

Mr. Mark A. Ruelle is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Westar Energy Inc. Mr. Ruelle has served as director and president since May of 2011 and as chief executive officer since August of 2011. Mr. Ruelle brings twenty-six years of business leadership experience to the board of directors. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Ruelle was executive vice president and chief financial officer. In that role, he had responsibility for 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 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 the company 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 of 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 as an advisory board member for a privately-held sports apparel concern located in Kansas.

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.

Douglas Sterbenz

Mr. Douglas R. Sterbenz is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of Westar Energy Inc. He was the Executive Vice President, Generation and Marketing (March 2006 to June 2007). He was Senior Vice President, Generation and Marketing (October 2001 to March 2006).

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

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-six years of business experience, including seventeen years as a chief executive of a locally 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 located in Salina, Kansas. Ms. Carter is also vice president of Star A, Inc., a position she has held 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 the lead director of that board of directors and a member of its compensation and transaction committees, and she previously served as a director of Premium Standard Farms, Inc., a processor of pork products. Ms. Carter is also a member of the Kansas Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors, a director of the Greater Salina Community Foundation, a director of the Kansas Health Foundation and she previously served as a director Foley Equipment Company, a private company.

R. Edwards

Mr. R. A. Edwards, III, is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Edwards has thirty-eight 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. Prior to holding these positions, Mr. Edwards spent six years in executive positions with Douglas County Bank, a financial institution located in Lawrence, Kansas, and for which, Mr. Edwards continues to serve as chairman of the board. 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.

Jerry Farley

Mr. Jerry B. Farley is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Farley has forty-one years of experience in the administration of the academic, business and fiscal operations of educational institutions. 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 public universities. Mr. Farley is a director and member of the audit, loan and trust committees of CoreFirst Bank and Trust in Topeka, Kansas, and a director and member of the audit and governance committees of 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.

Richard Hawley

Mr. Richard L. Hawley is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Hawley has thirty-nine 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 an emphasis on utility industry clients. Mr. Hawley is 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.

B Isaac

Mr. B. Anthony Isaac is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Isaac has thirty-six years of business experience, thirty-two of which have been spent in leadership positions within the hotel industry. Since 2011, Mr. Isaac has been 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 a director and member of the finance and 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 the Via Christi Health System, and a trustee of Wichita Collegiate School, located in Wichita, Kansas.

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.

Michael Morrissey

Mr. Michael F. Morrissey is an Independent Director of Westar Energy, Inc. Mr. Morrissey retired in September of 1999 after serving seventeen years as a partner of Ernst & Young LLP, an auditing and financial services firm. Prior to that, Mr. Morrissey worked for twelve years for accounting firms. Mr. Morrissey has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1972. Mr. Morrissey is a director, chairman of the audit committee and member of the compensation committee of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., a financial services company located in Overland Park, Kansas. Mr. Morrissey is also presiding director and chairman of the audit committee of the general partner of Ferrellgas Partners, LP, a propane gas marketing and distribution business located in Overland Park, Kansas. Mr. Morrissey is chairman of the board, chairman of the executive committee, and an ex-officio member of all other committees of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, a health insurance company. Mr. Morrissey is a director and chairman of the audit committee of J.E. Dunn Construction Group, Inc., a private construction business located in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, Mr. Morrissey is a director of Balance Innovations, Inc., an office management technology company located in Lenexa, Kansas, and a special advisor to the audit committee of the Dairy Farmers of America, a farmer-owned milk marketing cooperative located in Kansas City, Missouri. Mr. Morrissey also serves as a director or trustee for numerous non-profit, civic, and charitable 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-seven years of experience in operations, finance, engineering and product development in the automotive and manufacturing industries to the 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.

Bruce Burns

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