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World Wrestling Entertainment Inc (WWE)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Vincent McMahon

69 Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder

George Barrios

49 2013 Chief Strategy & Financial Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Michael Luisi

49 2013 President - WWE Studios

Paul Levesque

45 2015 Executive Vice President - Talent, Live Events & Creative, Director

John Brody

2015 Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Partnerships

Casey Collins

42 2012 Executive Vice President - Consumer Products

Gerrit Meier

44 2013 EVP - International

Blake Bilstad

43 2015 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Michelle Wilson

49 2013 Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, Chief Marketing Officer

Stephanie McMahon

38 2015 Chief Brand Officer, Director

Basil DeVito

59 2015 Sr. Advisor, Business Strategy

Kevin Dunn

54 2013 Executive Producer

Stuart Goldfarb

60 2011 Independent Director

Patricia Gottesman

56 2011 Independent Director

Laureen Ong

62 2014 Independent Director

Joseph Perkins

79 1999 Independent Director

Robyn Peterson

39 2015 Independent Director

Frank Riddick

58 2008 Independent Director

Jeffrey Speed

52 2008 Independent Director

Michael Weitz

IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Vincent McMahon

Mr. Vincent K. McMahon is Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He is the co-founder of the Company, and Chair of the Executive Committee.

George Barrios

Mr. George A. Barrios is Chief Financial Officer & Chief Strategy & Financial Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., since November 2013. Before that, Mr. Barrios was Vice President and Treasurer of The New York Times Company since January 2007. Mr. Barrios joined The New York Times Company in 2002 as Chief Financial Officer of a subsidiary which published, among other things, The Boston Globe. Prior to that, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Netsilicon, Inc., a publicly-held software development company, where he helped to stabilize the business prior to its merger. From 1994 to 2000, Mr. Barrios served in several senior capacities for Praxair, Inc., a large supplier of industrial gasses.

Michael Luisi

Mr. Michael J. Luisi is President - WWE Studios of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He was previously our Executive Vice President of Business Development, General Counsel and Secretary from January 2011 to January 2013. Before that, Mr. Luisi was with Miramax Films, a film production and distribution company which, until late 2010, was a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company (“Miramax”). At Miramax, Mr. Luisi was Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations, beginning October 2008. Before that, he was Executive Vice President, Business Affairs and Operations, from January 2006. Mr. Luisi joined Miramax in 1998.

Paul Levesque

Mr. Paul Levesque is Executive Vice President - Talent, Live Events & Creative, Director of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. Mr. Levesque has been our Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative since August 2011. In this role, he oversees our talent relations and talent development departments, including worldwide recruitment and training of the WWE Superstars and Divas. Mr. Levesque developed and oversees the Company’s state of the art training facility which opened in 2013 in Orlando, Florida. He also supervises the Company’s live event operations. In addition to his executive duties, Mr. Levesque has continually had an integral role in the Company’s creative process, helping shape the creative direction and storylines of WWE’s programming. Mr. Levesque debuted as a WWE Superstar in 1995 and has captured every major championship, headlined thousands of WWE events, and entertained millions around the world. He is the national spokesperson for Muscular Dystrophy’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” campaign. Mr. Levesque has had starring roles in commercials, television programs, talk shows and feature-length films. He is author of Make the Game: Triple H’s Approach to a Better Body. .

John Brody

Mr. John Brody is Executive Vice President, Global Sales & Partnerships of the Company. Prior to joining WWE, Brody was the NFL's Senior Vice President of Sponsorship and Media Sales where he oversaw Sponsorship Business Development, Partnership Management, Television Sales, Digital/Mobile Sales and Media Planning. Brody also led all global partnership and business development efforts for Wasserman Media Group. As President of Global Partnership and Business Development and a member of the executive management team, Brody's experience added significant value, where he helped close the iconic naming rights deal between MetLife and the New Meadowlands Stadium. Brody spent more than 12 years at Major League Baseball, the last seven as Senior Vice President of Corporate Sales and Marketing overseeing MLB's sales efforts. In this role, Brody secured partnerships with blue chip global brands including, Anheuser-Busch, Bank of America, General Motors, MasterCard, Pepsi, State Farm and Taco Bell. He is a three-time winner of Sports Business Journal's 40 Under 40 Award, and member of the publication's Hall of Fame. Brody is an honors graduate of Tufts University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1995.

Casey Collins

Mr. Casey Collins is the Executive Vice President - Consumer Products of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., since July 2012. Prior to joining WWE, Mr. Collins was Executive Vice President, Global Licensing & Entertainment at MGA Entertainment, where he oversaw the entertainment, consumer products, retail development and promotions divisions. Before joining MGA Entertainment, Mr. Collins spent 10 years at Lucasfilm Ltd. beginning March 2001, where he was responsible for the management of Lucasfilm’s domestic and international licensing and retail merchandise programs.

Gerrit Meier

Mr. Gerrit Meier has served as our Executive Vice President, International of WORLD WRESTLING ENTERTAINMENT, INC., since March 2013. In this role, he is responsible for our business outside of the United States where he focuses on growing WWE’s brand through expanding our television distribution agreements, WWE’s merchandising, live events, digital and publishing operations. He has been actively involved in global media and entertainment for almost 20 years and has helped content and distribution companies grow within the context of rapidly changing consumer behavior and a quickly evolving digital paradigm. Prior to joining WWE, Mr. Meier was Global General Manager, Distribution and Partnerships, Spotify, beginning October 2011, and Chief Operating Officer, Digital, for Clear Channel Media & Entertainment from March 2005 until October 2011. Before that, Mr. Meier held senior positions at EMI Music, BMG and Bertelsmann and worked for Accenture’s Media and Entertainment Practice.

Blake Bilstad

Mr. Blake T. Bilstad is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Bilstad brings nearly 20 years of experience as General Counsel in digital media, internet, e-commerce and emerging technology companies. Prior to joining WWE, Bilstad was General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Legal & Public Affairs at Provide Commerce, where he spent more than 10 years overseeing all legal matters and public affairs for the e-commerce group that owns ProFlowers, RedEnvelope, Shari's Berries, Sincerely, Personal Creations and Gifts.com.

Michelle Wilson

Ms. Michelle D. Wilson is Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, Chief Marketing Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., since November 2013, Before that, Ms. Wilson was Chief Marketing Officer since February 2009. Before that, Ms. Wilson was Chief Marketing Officer of the United States Tennis Association since 2001. From 2000 to 2001, she was Vice President of Marketing for the XFL, our former professional football league (the “XFL”). Before that, Ms. Wilson held positions at the National Basketball Association in its domestic and international consumer products groups.

Stephanie McMahon

Ms. Stephanie McMahon is Chief Brand Officer, Director of Company. Ms. McMahon, 38, has served as our Chief Brand Officer since November 2013. Prior to that, she was Executive Vice President, Creative, from May 2007; our Senior Vice President, Creative Writing, from June 2005 to May 2007; and before that, Vice President, Creative Writing. Ms. McMahon began with the Company in 1998. Ms. McMahon writes, produces and directs for our television programming and performs as an on-air personality. She is responsible for leading the company’s efforts to further enhance its global brand reputation among key constituencies including business partners, advertisers, media, investors and the public sector. She serves as the company’s brand ambassador and works with WWE’s business units to support key growth initiatives. McMahon is the primary spokesperson for WWE's corporate social responsibility initiatives and is participating in the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship, an international leadership exchange program for outstanding professionals. She began her career with WWE in 1998 as an Account Executive for WWE’s sales office in New York City, in addition to being a TV personality, and she has overseen multiple business areas including WWE's Creative, Talent Relations, Talent Brand Management, Live Events, Digital, Social and Mobile businesses.

Basil DeVito

Mr. Basil V. DeVito, Jr., is Sr. Advisor, Business Strategy of the Company. Mr. Basil V. DeVito, Jr., is Director of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He is a member of the Executive Committee and has served as the Senior Advisor, Business Strategies since 2003, in which role he has obtained placement for WWE television programming in North America. Prior to that, he managed several WWE departments and served as the Chief Operating Officer and as President of XFL, LLC, the Company’s former professional football league (the “XFL”). Mr. DeVito has been with the Company in various capacities over the past 25 years.

Kevin Dunn

Mr. Kevin Dunn is Executive Producer of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., since November 2013. prior thereto, He served as our Executive Vice President, Television Production, since July 2003. Before that, Mr. Dunn served as our Executive Producer for 11 years. From August 2008 until the upcoming Annual Meeting, when his term shall end, Mr. Dunn has been a Director of the Company.

Stuart Goldfarb

Mr. Stuart U. Goldfarb is an Independent Director of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., since August 22, 2011. He is a member of our Audit Committee. Since January 2012, Mr. Goldfarb has been President of Fullbridge, Inc., a provider of an accelerated, rigorous business education program. From June 2011 until January 2012, Mr. Goldfarb was President and Chief Executive Officer of Atrinsic, Inc., a marketer of direct-to-consumer subscription products and an Internet search marketing agency. Mr. Goldfarb has served as a director of Atrinsic since January 2010. In June 2012, Atrinsic filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. The filing was precipitated by Atrinsic’s cessation of certain businesses and its inability to raise financing. Mr. Goldfarb is also a director and member of the audit committee of Vitacost.com, Inc., a publicly traded leading online retailer of health and wellness products. From November 2009 to June 2011, Mr. Goldfarb was a Partner in Unbound Partners LLC, a marketing and management consulting firm. From 2001 to 2009, Mr. Goldfarb was President and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Brands, Inc. Under his leadership, the company grew to be the world’s largest direct marketer of music, DVDs and books, with household brands such as Columbia House, BMG Music, Doubleday Book Club, Book-of-the-Month-Club and cdnow.com. Prior to that, Mr. Goldfarb was President and Chief Executive Officer of bol.com, Bertelsmann’s premier online retailer of books and music, doing business in 18 European and Asian countries. Before joining Bertelsmann, he was Vice Chairman of Value Vision International, a cable TV home shopping and e-commerce company. He was formerly Executive Vice President, Worldwide Business Development at NBC.

Patricia Gottesman

Ms. Patricia A. Gottesman is an Independent Director of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. She is a member of our Compensation Committee. From February 2011 until August 2012, Ms. Gottesman was President and Chief Executive Officer of Crimson Hexagon, a social intelligence company in the vanguard of online media monitoring and analysis. From April 2008 to January 2011, she was founder and principal of Omnibus, an international media and technology practice. Prior to that, Ms. Gottesman was with Cablevision Systems Corporation for almost 30 years, most recently as Executive Vice President, Digital Marketing and Commerce.

Laureen Ong

Ms. Laureen Ong is appointed as Independent Director of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., effective June 30, 2014. From April 2010 to October 2013, Ms. Ong served as President, Travel Channel LLC, a subsidiary of Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. that operates a television network focusing on travel entertainment. From March 2007 to October 2009, she was Chief Operating Officer of Star Group Limited which produces, broadcasts and distributes television programming via satellite in Asia. From April 2000 to April 2007, Ms. Ong was President of National Geographic Television, during which time she was the chief architect of the launch of its cable television network. Prior thereto, she was a senior executive in several sports and media companies. Earlier in her career, Ong was Vice President and General Manager of WTTG-TV in Washington, D.C., a top 10 market affiliate and one of FOX’s most successful television stations. She also spent time with the Chicago White Sox as Vice President, Programming, where she helped launch SportsVision in Chicago, one of the first regional sports networks in the country. She graduated from Montclair State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater before receiving a Master’s degree in Communications from Columbia University.

Joseph Perkins

Mr.Joseph H. Perkins is an Independent Director of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He is a member of our Compensation and Governance & Nominating Committees. He was a pioneer in the television syndication of our industry starting more than 50 years ago. Mr. Perkins was President of Communications Consultants, Inc., a provider of television syndication consulting services.

Robyn Peterson

Mr. Robyn W. Peterson is Independent Director of Company. Since May 2011, Mr. Peterson, 39, has been Chief Technology Officer for Mashable Inc., a leading source of news information and resources for the connected generation. From January 2011 to March 2011, Mr. Peterson was Vice President of Product, News and Info for AOL, responsible for product strategy and development of the news, finance and sports sites until AOL’s acquisition of the Huffington Post. From March 2010 to January 2011, Mr. Peterson was Product Director for Next Issue Media LLC, a company formed by five major U.S. publishers to develop, market and deliver interactive digital editions of magazines. Prior thereto, from November 2008, Mr. Peterson was Vice President, Technology and Product for NBC Universal, Inc. Mr. Peterson was previously involved in other digital companies since 1998. He Chief Technology Officer and Head of Product for Mashable, is a seasoned technology executive with more than 15 years of experience in web, mobile and video product development. Peterson is a member of Mashable's Operating Committee, where he directs product strategy and development and manages the product, design and engineering teams. Peterson led the redesign of Mashable.com in 2012 which ushered in a 100 percent increase in mobile page views, pages-per-visit and ad engagement, and oversees the development of Mashable’s Velocity platform, a technology that predicts and tracks the viral life cycle of digital media content. Prior to Mashable, Peterson was the head of product at Next Issue Media, the magazine and newspaper consortium funded by News Corp., Conde Nast, Time Inc., Meredith and Hearst. Earlier in his career, Peterson served as Vice President for Technology and Product for NBCUniversal.

Frank Riddick

Mr. Frank A. Riddick, III., is an Independent Director of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He is Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Governance & Nominating Committee. Mr. Riddick became Executive Chairman of Shale-Inland Holdings, LLC in February 2013. From August 2009 until February 2013, he was Chief Executive Officer of JMC Steel Group, the independent steel tubular manufacturer in North America. Prior to that, he was a consultant to TowerBrook Capital Partners L.P. (“TowerBrook”), a New York and London - based private equity firm. Prior to joining TowerBrook, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Formica Corporation, a manufacturer of surfacing materials, from January 2002 to April 2008. Mr. Riddick was instrumental in assisting Formica to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in June 2004. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Armstrong Holdings, Inc. from February 2000 to November 2001 and as Chief Financial Officer at Armstrong and its subsidiaries from 1995 to 2000. Mr. Riddick is a member of the board of directors and chairman of the Audit Committee of Geeknet, Inc., an online network for technology professionals, technology enthusiasts and consumers of technology goods and services. Mr. Riddick is a former director of GrafTech International Ltd, a manufacturer of graphite and carbon products, as well as related technical services.

Jeffrey Speed

Mr. Jeffrey R. Speed is an Independent Director of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. He is Chair of our Governance & Nominating Committee and a member of our Audit Committee. He served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Six Flags, Inc., the world’s largest regional theme park operator, from April 2006 until October 2010. In June 2009, Six Flags, Inc. filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, and it emerged from those proceedings in May 2010. Prior to joining Six Flags, Mr. Speed spent approximately 13 years with The Walt Disney Company, serving from 2003 until 2006 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Euro Disney SAS, the publicly-traded operator of the Disneyland Resort Paris, the number one tourist destination in Europe. Prior to that, Mr. Speed spent approximately nine years with the public accounting firm of Price Waterhouse (now PriceWaterhouseCoopers).

Michael Weitz