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Big Lots Inc (BIG.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Chambers

60 2017 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Bruce Thorn

51 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer

Timothy Johnson

50 2015 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer

Lisa Bachmann

56 2015 Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising and Operating Officer

Michael Schlonsky

51 2015 Executive Vice President - Human Resources and Store Operations

Ronald Robins

54 2015 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

Stephen Haffer

54 2018 Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Sebastian DiGrande

51 2018 Director

Christopher McCormick

62 2018 Director

Jeffrey Berger

68 2006 Independent Director

Marla Gottschalk

57 2015 Independent Director

Cynthia Jamison

58 2015 Independent Director

Nancy Reardon

65 2015 Independent Director

Wendy Schoppert

51 2015 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Chambers

Mr. James R. Chambers is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer and director of Weight Watchers International, Inc. (weight management services provider). Mr. Chambers previously served as President of the US Snacks and Confectionery business unit and General Manager of the Immediate Consumption Channel of Kraft Foods Inc. (food manufacturer). Mr. Chambers also served as President and CEO of Cadbury Americas (confectionery manufacturer), and as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Remy Amerique, Inc. (spirits manufacturer). Prior to his employment with Remy Amerique, Inc., Mr. Chambers served as the Chief Executive Officer of Paxonix, Inc. (online branding and packaging process solutions business), the Chief Executive Officer of Netgrocer.com (online grocery retailer), and the Group President of Information Resources, Inc. (global market research provider). Mr. Chambers spent the first 17 years of his career at Nabisco (food manufacturer), where he held leadership roles in sales, distribution, marketing and information technology, culminating in the role of President, Refrigerated Foods. Mr. Chambers previously served as a director of B&G Foods (food manufacturer) for seven years where he served on the Nominating and Governance Committee and served on the Compensation Committee and as a director of Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Bruce Thorn

Mr. Bruce Kevin Thorn is President, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Prior to joining us, Mr. Thorn, 51, most recently served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Tailored Brands, Inc., a specialty retailer of men’s tailored clothing, since March 2017, after joining the company in 2015 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. From 2007 until he joined Tailored Brands, Inc. in 2015, Mr. Thorn held various enterprise level roles with PetSmart, Inc., most recently as Executive Vice President, Store Operations, Services and Supply Chain. Mr. Thorn’s other experiences include leadership positions with Gap, Inc., Cintas Corp, LESCO, Inc. and The United States Army. Mr. Thorn earned a B.S. from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati.

Timothy Johnson

Mr. Timothy A. Johnson is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of the Company. He was promoted to his current position in August 2015. Prior to that Mr. Johnson was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in March 2014. Mr. Johnson was promoted to Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in August 2012. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance in July 2011. He joined us in August 2000 as Director of Strategic Planning.

Lisa Bachmann

Mrs. Lisa M. Bachmann serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Merchandising and Operating Officer of the Company. She was promoted to her current position in August 2015. Prior to that, Ms. Bachmann was promoted to Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer in August 2012 and Executive Vice President, Supply Chain Management and Chief Information Officer in March 2010. Ms. Bachmann joined us as Senior Vice President, Merchandise Planning, Allocation and Presentation in March 2002.

Michael Schlonsky

Mr. Michael A. Schlonsky is Executive Vice President - Human Resources and Store Operations of the Company. He is responsible for store operations, talent management and oversight of human resources. He was promoted to Executive Vice President in August 2015, at which time he assumed responsibility for store operations. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, Human Resources in August 2012 and promoted to Vice President, Associate Relations and Benefits in 2010. Prior to that, Mr. Schlonsky was promoted to Vice President, Associate Relations and Risk Management in 2005. Mr. Schlonsky joined us in 1993 as Staff Counsel and was promoted to Director, Risk Management in 1998, and to Vice President, Risk Management and Administrative Services in 2000.

Ronald Robins

Mr. Ronald A. Robins, Jr. is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary of the company. He is responsible for legal affairs and compliance. Mr. Robins joined us in 2015 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining us, Mr. Robins was a partner at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and also previously served as General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer, and Secretary of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., an apparel retailer.

Stephen Haffer

Mr. Stephen M. Haffer is Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of the Company. Prior to Big Lots, Mr. Haffer was an executive at American Signature, Inc., the parent company for Value City Furniture and American Signature Home stores, where he served in a number of roles over a 25-year career spanning Marketing, ecommerce, Information Technology, and Business Development, leading up to his appointment as Chief Innovation Officer in 2016. Mr. Haffer is graduate of Tulane University.

Sebastian DiGrande

Mr. Sebastian DiGrande is Director of the Company. Mr. DiGrande is the Executive Vice President of Strategy and Chief Customer Officer for Gap Inc where he leads the Company's strategy, consumer and market insights, customer data and analytics, digital and customer marketing, payments, loyalty, and franchise teams. Mr. DiGrande joined Gap Inc. inMay 2016after a 20 year career at The Boston Consulting Group where he was a Senior Partner and Managing Director. He was also a leader in BCG's Technology, Marketing and Digital Innovation efforts. Mr. DiGrande received an M.B.A. from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Christopher McCormick

Mr. Christopher J. McCormick is Director of the Company. Mr. McCormick is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of L.L. Bean. He joined the Company in 1983 and held a number of leadership positions in Advertising and Marketing, prior to his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 untilMarch 2016. Mr. McCormick has been a member of the Board of Directors of Sun Life Financial sinceMay 2017and a member of the Board of Directors of Levi Strauss & Co. sinceApril 2016. Mr. McCormick is a graduate of Fairfield Universityand completed Harvard Business School'sAdvanced Management Program.

Jeffrey Berger

Mr. Jeffrey Paul Berger is Independent Director of the Company. He is the former Executive Vice President, Global Foodservice of H.J. Heinz Company (food manufacturer and marketer), and President and Chief Executive Officer of Heinz North America Foodservice (food manufacturer and marketer).Berger’s qualifications to serve on the Board include his 14 years of experience as a chief executive of a multibillion dollar company, his service on another public company board and his qualification as an “audit committee financial expert,” as defined by applicable SEC rules.

Marla Gottschalk

Ms. Marla C. Gottschalk is Independent Director of the Company. She is the former Chief Executive Officer of The Pampered Chef Ltd. (marketer of kitchen tools, food products and cookbooks), where she also previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Gottschalk has also served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Investor Relations for Kraft Foods, Inc. (food manufacturer), where she also previously served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Post Cereal division and Vice President of Marketing and Strategy of the Kraft Cheese division.

Cynthia Jamison

Ms. Cynthia T. Jamison serves as Independent Director of the company. She served as Chief Financial Officer or Chief Operating Officer of several companies during her tenure from 1999-2009 at Tatum, LLC, an executive services firm. From 2005-2009, she led the CFO services practice and was a member of the firm’s operating committee. After retiring from Tatum, Ms. Jamison subsequently served as Chief Financial Officer of AquaSpy, Inc. (provider of soil moisture sensors to monitor soil moisture levels). Ms. Jamison has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Chart House Enterprises (food retailer) and held various financial positions at Allied Domecq Retailing USA, Kraft General Foods and Arthur Anderson LLP. Ms. Jamison previously served as a director of B&G Foods, Inc. (food manufacturer and distributor) where she served as chair of the audit committee. She held past board seats at Horizon Organic Holdings and Cellu Tissue, Inc.

Nancy Reardon

Ms. Nancy A. Reardon is Independent Director of the company. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources and Communications Officer of Campbell Soup Company (food manufacturer). Additionally, Ms. Reardon served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources for Comcast Cable Communications, Inc. (telecommunications provider). Prior to that, Ms. Reardon served as Partner and Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs for Borden Capital Management Partners where she developed financial and merger and acquisition skills through her involvement in multiple transactions for a portfolio of operating companies. Ms. Reardon previously served as a director of Warnaco Group, Inc. (apparel retailer) where she served as a member of the audit committee and the compensation committee.

Wendy Schoppert

Ms. Wendy L. Schoppert serves as Independent Director of the Company. She is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Select Comfort Corporation (bedding retailer and manufacturer). Prior to joining Select Comfort, Ms. Schoppert led US Bank’s Private Asset Management team and served as Head of Product, Marketing & Corporate Development for the bank’s asset management division. Ms. Schoppert began her career in the airline industry, serving in various financial, strategic and general management leadership positions at American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and America West Airlines.

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