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Essendant Inc (ESND.OQ)

ESND.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Charles Crovitz

64 2017 Independent Chairman of the Director

Richard Phillips

47 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Janet Zelenka

59 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Harry Dochelli

58 2016 President - Office and Facilities

Carole Tomko

63 2014 Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President

Brendan McKeough

52 2017 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Kirk Armstrong

53 2011 Senior Vice President - Distribution Operations and Logistics

Keith Dougherty

47 2016 Senior Vice President - Merchandising, Inventory and Pricing

Elizabeth Meloy

40 2016 Senior Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development

Christopher Kempa

48 2017 Group President, Industrial

Dennis Martin

67 2016 Independent Director

Susan Riley

59 2012 Independent Director

Alexander Schmelkin

41 2012 Independent Director

Stuart Taylor

57 2011 Independent Director

Paul Williams

58 2016 Independent Director

Alex Zoghlin

48 2008 Independent Director

Roseann Fanone

2017 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Crovitz

Mr. Charles K. Crovitz is the Independent Chairman of the Director of Essendant Inc. Mr. Crovitz is the Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board of United Stationers Inc. Mr. Crovitz serves as Chair of the Executive Committee and as a member of the Technology Advisory and Governance Committees. In September 2007, Mr. Crovitz was appointed as the Interim Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., a children’s clothing and accessories retailer, which position he held until his retirement in January 2010. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Crovitz was a member of the executive leadership team of Gap Inc. from 1993 until 2003, most recently serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer. During his ten-year career with Gap, Mr. Crovitz was also Executive Vice President, Supply Chain and Technology and Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Development. Prior to that, he held various positions with Safeway Inc., including serving as a member of the operating committee, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, and Vice President, Director of Marketing for Safeway Manufacturing Group. Mr. Crovitz also spent several years with McKinsey & Company, Inc. where he was an Engagement Manager, leading client service teams in retail, forest products, steel and personal computer industries. Mr. Crovitz’ responsibility for information technology during his tenure at Gap and Safeway and his experience in supply chain management are particularly relevant to the strategic direction of the Company. His extensive operating experience allows him to make significant contributions to the Company’s continuing efforts to pursue growth strategies, increase productivity and reduce its cost structure, making him an effective Chairman of the Board. Mr. Crovitz also holds an MBA and a law degree from Stanford University.

Richard Phillips

Mr. Richard D. Phillips is the President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of Essendant Inc. Mr. Phillips joined the Company in January 2013 as President of Online and New Channels and was named President, ORS Nasco in November 2015. He was named Group President, Industrial in August 2016, when he added responsibility for the Company’s automotive and e-commerce businesses. Prior to joining Essendant, Mr. Phillips spent 14 years at McKinsey & Company, where he was elected Partner in 2005 and worked with global clients in a number of industries, with a functional emphasis in strategy, commercial performance and operations. He previously spent six years at Baxter Healthcare in various finance and sales roles. Mr. Phillips earned a B.S. degree in Finance from Indiana University and a Masters of Management degree, with distinction, from the Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University.

Janet Zelenka

Ms. Janet Zelenka is the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Information Officer of Essendant Inc. Ms. Zelenka is the Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Ms. Zelenka joined Essendant in 2006 and has held leadership positions in business integration, finance, and pricing. Before joining Essendant, she held a variety of executive positions at SBC/Ameritech (now AT&T) including Chief Financial Officer of the IT division and Vice President of IT, as well as leadership roles in several areas including customer care, operations, financial planning/analytics, activity-based management, and internal audit. Ms. Zelenka has also served as President of the Essendant Charitable Foundation since January 2016.

Harry Dochelli

Mr. Harry A. Dochelli is President - Office and Facilities of the Company. Previously, from 2013 to 2016, Mr. Dochelli served as Vice President IDC Sales and Senior Vice President Sales and Customer Care. Prior to joining Essendant, Mr. Dochelli held multiple roles over five years with Lawson Products, most recently serving as EVP and Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining Lawson Products, Mr. Dochelli spent more than 20 years in various management positions in sales and operations at Boise Cascade Corporation (now known as OfficeMax/Office Depot, Inc.), most recently serving as Executive Vice President of North America Contract Sales. Mr. Dochelli has recently been elected to the International Sanitary Supply Association Board (“ISSA”), as a Distributor Director for a three-year term commencing in October 2016.

Carole Tomko

Ms. Carole W. Tomko is the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources of Essendant Inc. Before joining Essendent, Ms. Tomko was a partner in an executive search and human resources consulting firm. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Ms. Tomko held the role of Senior Vice President, Human Resources for Cardinal Health where she led the function for nine years. Additionally, Ms. Tomko has held Human Resources leadership positions for The Chemlawn Corporation, The Standard Register Company and Federated Department Stores. Ms. Tomko has also served in leadership positions on several non-profit boards over the last twenty years.

Brendan McKeough

Mr. Brendan McKeough is the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Essendant Inc, since March 2017. Mr. McKeough was named the Company’s Deputy General Counsel in April 2013 after joining Essendant as Assistant General Counsel in 2003. Mr. McKeough was with Sears, Roebuck and Co., where he held the positions of Assistant General Counsel from 1999 to 2003 and Senior Counsel from 1997 to 1999.

Kirk Armstrong

Mr. Kirk Armstrong is the Senior Vice President - Distribution Operations and Logistics of Essendant Inc. Mr. Armstrong has served as the Company’s Senior Vice President, Distribution Operations and Logistics since 2011. From 2003 until 2011, he served as Vice President of Operations for the East Region. Prior to joining Essendant, Mr. Armstrong spent 13 years at W.W. Grainger, lastly serving as Regional Vice President, Distribution Operations.

Keith Dougherty

Mr. Keith J. Dougherty is the Senior Vice President - Merchandising, Inventory and Pricing of Essendant Inc. Before joining Essendant, Mr. Dougherty served in various roles during a 17 year tenure with U.S. Foods, most recently as Senior Vice President, Category Management, Indirect Spend and National Accounts. Prior to US Foods, Mr. Dougherty spent seven years with the investment banks Smith Barney and Salomon Brothers.

Elizabeth Meloy

Ms. Elizabeth H. Meloy is the Senior Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development of Essendant Inc. Ms. Meloy was named Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development in August 2016. She joined Essendant in 2013 and served as Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development as well as Director of Corporate Development. Prior to joining Essendant, Ms. Meloy had a career in investment banking. She reached the role of Executive Director at UBS, where she was employed from 2005 to 2013.

Christopher Kempa

Mr. Christopher Kempa is the Group President, Industrial of Essendant Inc, since June 2017. From 2015 to 2017, Mr. Kempa served as the Senior Vice President, Merchandising. Prior to joining Essendant, Mr. Kempa spent 21 years with Grainger, Inc., a supplier of maintainence, repair and operations supplies. Mr. Kempa held leadership roles within sales, distribution, enterprise systems, merchandising, global supply chain and operating several International businesses, including as Vice President, Global Sourcing and Export from 2014 to 2015 and as Vice President and General Manager, Global Exports and Central America from 2012 to 2013.

Dennis Martin

Mr. Dennis J. Martin is an Independent Director of Essendant Inc. Mr. Martin is a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees. Mr. Martin has been a member of the board of directors of Federal Signal Corporation, a manufacturer of solutions for municipal, government, industrial and commercial customers, since 2008 and in January 2016 was appointed as Non-Executive Chairman. He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Federal Signal from October 2010 to December 2016. Mr. Martin held several senior executive positions, including Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of General Binding, Executive Vice President of Illinois Tool Works and National Sales Manager of Ingersoll-Rand Company. Mr. Martin is also designated as one of the financial experts on the Company’s Audit Committee. Mr. Martin brings extensive knowledge and experience in the leadership of publicly traded companies, having served as chief executive officer and chairman of two public companies. He is able to apply his executive and board experience at several public companies, including companies in related industries, to contribute significantly to the strategy of the Company and provide important guidance to management on the key drivers in our industries. Mr. Martin’s expertise in manufacturing, sales, marketing, strategy, financial matters, business processes and mergers and acquisitions allow him to bring valuable insights to the Board, Audit Committee and Human Resources Committee. Mr. Martin holds a BS degree and Honorary Ph.D. from the University of New Haven. Mr. Martin is the Non-Executive Chairman of Federal Signal Corporation and previously served on its compensation, nominating and governance and audit committees. He previously served as a director of HNI Corporation, Coleman Cable, Inc., A.O. Smith Corp and General Binding Corporation.

Susan Riley

Ms. Susan J. Riley is an Independent Director of Essendant Inc, since September 5, 2012. Ms. Riley is Chair of the Human Resources Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Riley was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Vestis Retail LLC, a private equity-owned holding company for Bob’s Store, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Sport Chalet. She previously served as a financial consultant for several retail and other companies. From April 2006 through February 2011 Ms. Riley held several senior executive positions, including Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, at The Children’s Place Retail Stores, Inc., a children’s clothing and accessories retailer. Previously she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Klinger Advanced Aesthetics, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Company, Executive Vice President of Business and Finance of Mount Sinai Medical Center of New York, Vice President and Treasurer of Colgate-Palmolive Company, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dial Corporation and Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Tambrands, Inc. Ms. Riley is also designated as one of the financial experts on the Company’s Audit Committee. Ms. Riley’s extensive knowledge in financial matters and her experience as chief financial officer of several companies contribute to the financial expertise on our Board and the Audit Committee. Her experience from serving as a senior executive and board member of several companies enables Ms. Riley to provide key insights to our Board Committees and to the Board operations in general. Ms. Riley earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Pace University. Ms. Riley currently serves on the Board of comStock, Inc., a media measurement company, where she is chair of the board, chair of its audit and CEO search committees and a member of its compensation and nomination and governance committees.

Alexander Schmelkin

Mr. Alexander M. Schmelkin is an Independent Director of Essendant Inc. Mr. Schmelkin is a member of the Human Resources and Technology Advisory Committees. Mr. Schmelkin is Founder, Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Cake & Arrow, a customer experience agency, and has held these positions since 2002. Before founding Cake & Arrow, Mr. Schmelkin co-founded New York-based Davanita Design, which was later acquired by Avatar Technology, where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York division. Mr. Schmelkin brings to the Board, the Technology Advisory Committee and Human Resources Committee extensive experience in technology and e-business, digital, enterprise sales, and entrepreneurial insights as a chief executive officer. Mr. Schmelkin earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University.

Stuart Taylor

Mr. Stuart A. Taylor, II is an Independent Director of Essendant Inc., since December 2011. Mr. Taylor is Chair of the Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Taylor is Chief Executive Officer of The Taylor Group LLC, a private equity firm, and has been with The Taylor Group since 2002. Prior to founding The Taylor Group in 2002, Mr. Taylor was Senior Managing Director of Bear Stearns Companies Inc., a brokerage firm. Over a span of 19 years, Mr. Taylor served as Managing Director of CIBC World Markets (US), Managing Director, Automotive Industry Group, BT Alex Brown, Inc. of Bankers Trust Company and as Vice President, Corporate Finance Department of Morgan Stanley & Company, Inc. Mr. Taylor has demonstrated leadership as a chief executive officer and is a seasoned investment banker. His extensive experience in finance, business development, strategic diversification and mergers and acquisitions allows him to make significant contributions to the company’s strategic initiatives and to the Finance and Executive Committees. Mr. Taylor holds an MBA in finance from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Yale University. Mr. Taylor currently serves as a director of Ball Corporation, a metal packaging company, and serves as chair of its human resources committee and a member of its audit committee. He also serves on the board of directors of Hillenbrand, Inc., an industrial company, and serves as the chair of the M&A committee and a member of the audit committee.

Paul Williams

Mr. Paul S. Williams is an Independent Director of Essendant Inc., effective October 27, 2014. Mr. Williams is a member of the Audit and Human Resources Committees. Mr. Williams has been a partner at Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC, a legal executive search firm, since 2005. Prior to joining Major, Lindsey & Africa he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc. Mr. Williams currently serves on the boards of directors of Compass Minerals International, Inc. and Bob Evans Farms, Inc. and as presiding lead director of State Auto Financial Corporation. He is not seeking reelection to the State Auto board in May, 2015. Mr. Williams brings extensive experience and knowledge of the business operations of publicly traded companies having served on several public company boards and serving as a business executive. He also brings deep governance and M&A expertise. Mr. Williams holds a BA degree from Harvard University and a law degree from Yale University. Mr. Williams currently serves on the board of directors of Compass Minerals International, Inc., a salt and specialty fertilizer products company, and serves on its compensation and audit committees. He is the President of the Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. He previously served as a director of State Auto Financial Corporation and Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

Alex Zoghlin

Mr. Alex D. Zoghlin is an Independent Director of Essendant Inc. Mr. Zoghlin was re-elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in May 2008. Mr. Zoghlin serves as Chair of the Technology Advisory Committee. Mr. Zoghlin is the Group President, Global Operations Center for Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a global hospitality company, a position he has held since March 2013. Prior to joining Hyatt, Mr. Zoghlin served as the Chief Executive Officer of VHT, Inc., a marketing services provider for the real estate industry, from 2009 to February 2013. He previously served on the Board from November of 2000 until May 2006. He resigned at that time to focus primarily on building G2 Switchworks, a Chicago-based travel/technology firm, where he was President and Chief Executive Officer until its change of ownership in 2008. He previously served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of neoVentures Inc., a venture capital investment company for emerging technology companies. Prior to that, he was Chief Technology Officer of Orbitz, LLC, a consumer-oriented travel industry portal backed by major airline companies. Mr. Zoghlin has a history of demonstrated leadership in enterprise technology and e-commerce. His experience in enterprise-wide programming, developing and implementing web-based solutions enables Mr. Zoghlin to offer key insights to our Technology Advisory Committee, which provides critical guidance on the Company’s portfolio of information technology assets and systems. Mr. Zoghlin also brings an entrepreneurial orientation to the Board’s deliberations. Mr. Zoghlin previously served as a director of State Farm Insurance Co., an insurance and financial services company.

Roseann Fanone

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