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Windstream Holdings Inc (WIN.OQ)

WIN.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Alan Wells

58 2017 Independent Chairman of the Board

Anthony Thomas

46 2015 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Jeff Small

42 2017 President - Consumer & Small Business

Robert Gunderman

45 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer

Layne Levine

55 2017 President - Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale of Windstream

Jack Brooks

2018 Chief Human Resource Officer

Kristi Moody

47 2017 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

John Eichler

46 2018 Senior Vice President, Controller

Drew Smith

2018 Senior Vice President, Assistant Treasurer

Eric Solomon

2018 Vice President - Channel Sales

Samuel Beall

67 2006 Independent Director

Jeannie Diefenderfer

57 2016 Independent Director

Jeffrey Hinson

63 2017 Independent Director

William LaPerch

62 2014 Independent Director

Julie Shimer

65 2017 Independent Director

Michael Stoltz

67 2014 Independent Director

Walter Turek

65 2017 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Alan Wells

Mr. Alan L. Wells is an Independent Chairman of the Board of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Wells is an Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Wells has served as a director since 2010 and is a member of the Audit and Governance Committees. As of May 1, 2017, and subject to his election at the Annual Meeting, he will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Mr. Wells is a founding partner of Financial Advisory Partners, LLC, which makes private equity investments and provides investment banking services to companies primarily located in the Midwest. Mr. Wells 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. Mr. Wells 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 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. Mr. Wells has been a CPA for over twenty years and is a FINRA-registered investment banker. Mr. Wells’ qualifications for election to the Board include his broad background and experience, his financial expertise, his wide range of operational and financial experiences in the telecommunications and other regulated industries, and his prior experience as a senior executive with two public companies.

Anthony Thomas

Mr. Anthony W. Thomas, CPA., is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Windstream Holdings, Inc & Windstream Corporation. He was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and to the Board on December 11, 2014. He previously held the following positions at Windstream: 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., 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. The Board believes it is important for Windstream’s President & Chief Executive Officer to serve on the Board, as the position places Mr. Thomas in a unique position to understand the challenges and issues facing Windstream. Mr. Thomas’ qualifications for election to the Board include the same demonstrated skills and experience that qualify him to serve as President & Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Thomas has worked in the communications industry for more than 20 years and has played an integral role in Windstream’s growth, as during his five-year tenure as CFO, the Company completed seven acquisitions totaling more than $5.6 billion in transaction value.

Jeff Small

Mr. Jeff Small is the President Consumer & Small Business of Windstream since May 2017. Mr. Small is the Executive Vice President Engineering and Network Operations of Windstream from June 2016 to May 2017; Previously held position of senior vice president of corporate development and operations for Communications Sales & Leasing (now Uniti Group), the Real Estate Investment Trust created in 2015 from the spin-off of certain Windstream network and real estate assets.

Robert Gunderman

Mr. Robert E. Gunderman is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Gunderman is the Chief Financial Officer of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Gunderman was Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Windstream from December 12, 2014 to June 2015;Interim Chief Financial Officer from October 2014 to December 12, 2014; Senior Vice President - Financial Planning and Treasurer of Windstream from August 2013 to October 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.

Layne Levine

Mr. Layne Levine is the President Windstream Enterprise & Wholesale of Windstream of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Levine has worked in the telecom industry for more than 25 years. He spent the last five years as the chief revenue officer at GTT, which provides cloud networking services to multinational customers. In that role, Levine led the company's revenue growth initiatives worldwide, targeting global carriers and multinational enterprises and developing its emerging channel strategy. Previously he was the executive vice president for GTT's Americas division, managing the sales efforts for North and South America. Prior to joining GTT, Levine was senior vice president of sales at Alpheus Communications. Before that he was senior vice president of retail sales for Deltacom/EarthLink. Levine also has held leadership positions at Airband Communications, Level 3 Communications and Broadwing Communications.

Jack Brooks

Mr. Jack Brooks is the Chief Human Resource Officer of Windstream Holdings Inc.

Kristi Moody

Ms. Kristi Marie Moody is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of Windstream Holdings Inc. Moody joined Windstream in 2006 as senior litigation counsel. Ms. Moody was named vice president of law in 2012 and deputy general counsel in 2013. Prior to joining Windstream, Moody was in private practice for 11 years at Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP. Ms. Moody has a juris doctorate from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Louisiana Tech University.

John Eichler

Mr. John C. Eichler, CPA, is the Senior Vice President, Controller of Windstream Holdings Inc, effective February 2018. Mr. Eichler is the Vice President, Controller of the Company, since August 10, 2009. He served as Vice President of Internal Audit from July 2006 to August 2009.

Drew Smith

Mr. Drew Smith is the Senior Vice President - Financial Planning and Assistant Treasurer of Windstream Holdings Inc. Smith has served as senior vice president of corporate financial planning and business development since May 2017. He will continue in that role and assume oversight of certain treasury and capital market functions and debt management. Smith previously served as president of consumer and small and medium-sized business services in markets where Windstream is a competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC). He also has served in senior leadership roles in access management, carrier relations and service delivery. Smith holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Central Arkansas. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

Eric Solomon

Mr. Eric Solomon is the Vice President - Channel Sales of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Solomon has more than 15 years experience in the industry and comes to Windstream from Masergy, where he was global account manager working with master agents and top channel partners to help them increase revenue by selling the company's suite of services.

Samuel Beall

Mr. Samuel E. Beall, III, is an Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc. He has served as a director since November 2006 and currently serves on the Compensation and Governance Committees. Effective May 1, 2017, and subject to his election at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Beall will serve on the Compensation Committee. Mr. Beall is Strategic Partner at 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 to 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, and Custom Foods of America, Inc., a private company specializing in fresh and easy-to-prepare menu solutions. Mr. Beall’s qualifications for election to the Board include his experience as the chief executive officer of a public company, which provides him the ability to understand and address Windstream’s challenges and opportunities as a public company. As a former chief executive officer of a public company and a director of several private businesses, he has insight on managing complex business operations, overseeing business risk, designing compensation programs that motivate employees and align compensation with the Company’s strategic goals and objectives, developing national advertising campaigns, assessing corporate governance and risk issues, and financial reporting requirements for public companies.

Jeannie Diefenderfer

Ms. Jeannie H. Diefenderfer is an Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc. Ms. Diefenderfer has served as a director since February 2016 and currently serves on the Governance Committee. Effective May 1, 2017, and subject to her election at the Annual Meeting, Ms. Diefenderfer will serve as the Chair of 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 as the chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit and governance committees, and Westell Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: WSTL), where she serves as the chair of the compensation committee and a member of the audit committee. She is also the chair of the Accenture Network Advisory Council. Ms. Diefenderfer’s qualifications for election to the Board include over 28 years of technical and operational experience in the telecommunications industry, her senior executive positions, and her service on public and advisory boards, providing her the ability to offer insight on corporate governance matters and complex business issues to be addressed by Windstream. Her experience with strategic planning and advising on business matters provides her with key insight on situations arising within Windstream and knowledge regarding how to address operational matters.

Jeffrey Hinson

Mr. Jeffrey T. Hinson is an Independent Director of Hinson. Mr. Hinson is the Independent Chairman of the Board of Windstream Holdings Inc. 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. Effective May 1, 2017, and subject to his election at the Annual Meeting, Mr. Hinson will serve on the Governance Committee. 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. Mr. Hinson also serves as a director and member of the audit committee of TiVo Corporation (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 REIT focused on originating, investing in and managing middle-market commercial real estate loans and investments.

William LaPerch

Mr. William G. LaPerch is an Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Hinson has served as a director since September 2014 and currently serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and is a member of the Governance Committee. Effective May 1, 2017, and subject to his election at the Annual Meeting, he will continue to serve as the Chair of the Compensation Committee. Mr. LaPerch has been President of LaPerch Consulting, LLC (a provider of consulting services to private equity firms) from September 2012 to the present. In July 2016, he was appointed executive chairman of Hylan Datacom & Electrical, a provider of specialty contracting services in the New York City region for telecommunications providers and municipal organizations. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. LaPerch served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of AboveNet, Inc., then a publicly traded provider of bandwidth infrastructure services, prior to which he served as Senior Vice President Operations. Mr. LaPerch served in executive management positions at Metromedia Fiber Network (a provider of metro fiber services and predecessor to AboveNet) from 2000 to 2003, several key leadership roles in operations and engineering at MCI Worldcom, Inc. (a global communications company) from 1989 to 2000, and operations and engineering positions at NYNEX Corporation (a regional telephone company) from 1982 to 1989. Mr. LaPerch is currently a member of the board of directors of Digital Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: DLR) where he serves on the compensation committee and as chair of the nominating and governance committee, and a member of the board of directors of several privately held network services and technology companies. From November 2012 to August 2015, Mr. LaPerch served as a member of the board of directors of Glassbridge Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: GLA) (formerly Imation Corp. (NYSE: IMN)), a global scalable storage and data security company.

Julie Shimer

Dr. Julie A. Shimer is an Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Shimer was appointed to the Board on March 1, 2017 in connection with Windstream’s merger with EarthLink. Effective May 1, 2017, and subject to her election at the Annual Meeting, Dr. Shimer will serve as member of the Governance Committee. She previously served on EarthLink’s board of directors from July 2013 to the closing of the merger, and as chair of the EarthLink board. She is currently a private investor and has 30 years of product development experience, including many years with major communications companies. From March 2007 to April 2012, Dr. Shimer served as Chief Executive Officer of Welch Allyn, Inc., a manufacturer of frontline medical products and solutions, having served on the board of directors beginning in July 2002. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of Vocera Communications, Inc., a provider of wireless communications systems, also serving on the board of directors. She also has served as general manager at 3Com Corporation and Motorola and has been a product development leader at Motorola and AT&T Bell Laboratories. Dr. Shimer currently serves as a director of Netgear, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), a home and small business network solutions provider, and Halyard Health, Inc. (NYSE: HYH), a medical technology company. She previously served as the chairwoman of Empire State Development Corp., the State of New York’s economic development organization. Dr. Shimer’s qualifications for election to the Board include her advanced education, specifically a B.S. in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and significant background and experience with telecommunications product development. Having previously served as CEO of two private companies, as board chair of a public company, and as a director of other public companies, Dr. Shimer brings a wealth of managerial knowledge and operational experience to the Board.

Michael Stoltz

Retd. Michael G. Stoltz, CPA is an Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc. M r. Stoltz has served as a director since September 2014. Mr. Stoltz currently serves as chair of the Audit Committee and will remain in this role subject to his election at the Annual Meeting. He was an audit partner of Ernst & Young LLP (“E&Y”) 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. Mr. Stoltz currently serves on the board of trustees of the Yampa Valley Medical Center in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Mr. Stoltz’s qualifications for election to the Board include his approximately 40 years of experience serving in an auditor capacity in the telecommunications, media and entertainment industries, with a focus on large global companies. His broad experience as the former audit partner for publicly-traded communications companies uniquely qualifies Mr. Stoltz to advise Windstream not only on general financial and accounting matters, but also various technical accounting, corporate governance, and strategic matters that the Board may address from time to time. He possesses key insight on financial reporting processes and external reporting issues. The Board has determined that Mr. Stoltz qualifies as an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined by the rules of the SEC. Mr. Stoltz’s lengthy involvement with telecommunications companies provides him with valuable expertise regarding issues facing Windstream and the complex regulatory environment in which the Company operates.

Walter Turek

Mr. Walter Leon Turek is an Independent Director of Windstream Holdings Inc. Mr. Turek joined the Board on March 1, 2017 in connection with Windstream’s merger with EarthLink. Effective May 1, 2017, and subject to his election at the Annual Meeting, he will be a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Turek served on EarthLink’s board of directors beginning in October 2015. Mr. Turek has served as Executive Chairman at Ascentis Corporation, a provider of human resources software and solutions, since 2011. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Paychex, Inc. (NASDAQ: PAYX), a publicly-traded, leading provider of payroll and human resource services solutions, from October 2002 to May 2009. In 2009, Mr. Turek co-founded Mykonos Software, Inc., a provider of fraud and theft security solutions for internet websites. Mr. Turek currently serves on the board of directors of Spark Networks, Inc. (NYSEMKT: LOV) and BlueTie, Inc. and previously served on the board of directors of Greenway Medical Technologies, Inc. (formerly NYSE: GWAY) from 2005 to 2013 and of Mykonos Software, Inc. from 2009 to 2012. Mr. Turek’s qualifications for election to the Board include substantial executive experience in sales and marketing of complex products and services. Additionally, throughout his career, Mr. Turek has attained a wealth of knowledge and practical guidance of internet and cyber security that will benefit the Board and Windstream. Mr. Turek’s various executive and senior executive roles provide him the ability to manage complex enterprises, oversee and manage large teams, and understand challenges and opportunities of Windstream from a sales and marketing perspective. Moreover, his service on other boards provides him governance experience and insight that will be invaluable to the Board.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Alan Wells

290,221

Anthony Thomas

5,434,990

Jeff Small

1,112,380

Robert Gunderman

2,037,130

Layne Levine

2,725,090

Jack Brooks

--

Kristi Moody

--

John Eichler

633,867

Drew Smith

--

Eric Solomon

--

Samuel Beall

205,221

Jeannie Diefenderfer

215,221

Jeffrey Hinson

202,721

William LaPerch

220,221

Julie Shimer

246,308

Michael Stoltz

225,221

Walter Turek

248,808
As Of  30 Dec 2017