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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

63 2011 Non-Executive Independent Chairman of the Board

Richard Phillips

47 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Janet Zelenka

58 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Harry Dochelli

57 2016 President - Office and Facilities

Carole Tomko

62 2014 Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President

Kirk Armstrong

52 2011 Senior Vice President - Distribution Operations and Logistics

Keith Dougherty

46 2016 Senior Vice President - Merchandising, Inventory and Pricing

Elizabeth Meloy

39 2016 Senior Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development

Jean Blackwell

62 2007 Independent Director

Roy Haley

70 1998 Independent Director

Dennis Martin

67 2016 Independent Director

Susan Riley

58 2012 Independent Director

Alexander Schmelkin

40 2012 Independent Director

Stuart Taylor

56 2011 Independent Director

Paul Williams

57 2016 Independent Director

Alex Zoghlin

47 2008 Independent Director

Roseann Fanone

2017 IR Contact Officer

Biographies

Name Description

Charles Crovitz

Mr. Charles K. Crovitz is 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.

Richard Phillips

Mr. Richard D. Phillips is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. He 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 has been appointed as 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 Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources of the Company. 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.

Kirk Armstrong

Mr. Kirk Armstrong is Senior Vice President - Distribution Operations and Logistics of the Company. He 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 Senior Vice President - Merchandising, Inventory and Pricing of the Company. 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 Senior Vice President - Strategy & Corporate Development of the Company. She 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.

Jean Blackwell

Ms. Jean S. Blackwell, Esq., is an Independent Director of the United Stationers Inc. since May 2007. Ms. Blackwell serves as Chair of the Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Ms. Blackwell served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Cummins Foundation and Executive Vice President, Corporate Responsibility of Cummins Inc., an engine manufacturer, from 2008 until her retirement in March 2013. From 2003 until May of 2008, Ms. Blackwell served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Cummins. Ms. Blackwell also served as Vice President and General Counsel; Vice President, Human Resources; and Vice President, Cummins Business Services. Ms. Blackwell was appointed as Executive Vice President of Cummins in 2005. Prior to joining Cummins, Ms. Blackwell was a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Bose, McKinney & Evans and also worked for the State of Indiana as Budget Director and for the State Lottery Commission as Executive Director.

Roy Haley

Mr. Roy W. Haley is an Independent Director of United Stationers Inc since March 1998. Mr. Haley serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Finance and Executive Committees. Mr. Haley also served as a Board member and as the Non-Executive Chairman of the board of directors of Bluelinx Corporation, a wholesale supplier of building materials, from March 2014 until May 2016. Until his retirement in May 2011, Mr. Haley served as the Executive Chairman of WESCO International, Inc. (“WESCO”), a wholesale supplier of electrical and other industrial supplies and services, and, until September 2009, was the Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining WESCO in February 1994, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of American General Corporation, one of the nation’s largest consumer financial services organizations. Mr. Haley has served as the Chair of the Company’s Audit Committee for the past 15 years, and served as the chair of the audit committee of Cambrex Corporation. Mr. Haley is also designated as one of the financial experts on the Company’s Audit Committee.

Dennis Martin

Mr. Dennis J. Martin is Independent Director of the Company. 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.

Susan Riley

Ms. Susan J. Riley has been Independent Director of United Stationers 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.

Alexander Schmelkin

Mr. Alexander M. Schmelkin is Independent Director of United Stationers 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.

Stuart Taylor

Mr. Stuart A. Taylor, II is Independent Director of United Stationers 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.

Paul Williams

Mr. Paul S. Williams is Independent Director of the Company., 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.

Alex Zoghlin

Mr. Alex D. Zoghlin is an Independent Director of the United Stationers 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.

Roseann Fanone