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Horace Mann Educators Corp (HMN.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

H. Wade Reece

61 2018 Chairman of the Board

Marita Zuraitis

57 2013 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Bret Conklin

54 2017 Acting Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

John McCarthy

62 2014 Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President

Bret Benham

57 2017 Executive Vice President - Life and Retirement

William Caldwell

47 2015 Executive Vice President, Property and Casualty

Matthew Sharpe

56 2012 Executive Vice President - Annuity and Life

Sandra Figurski

54 2014 Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Donald Carley

50 2016 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer

Kelly Stacy

59 2015 Senior Vice President - Field Operations and Distribution

Kimberly Johnson

51 2017 Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller

Heather Wietzel

2018 Vice President of Investor Relations

Daniel Domenech

72 2015 Independent Director

Stephen Hasenmiller

68 2004 Independent Director

Ronald Helow

73 2009 Independent Director

Beverley McClure

63 2013 Independent Director

Robert Stricker

71 2009 Independent Director

Steven Swyers

67 2014 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

H. Wade Reece

Mr. H. Wade Reece is an Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. H. Wade Reece retired in 2015 after a 37 year career with BB&T Corporation (“BB&T”) where he served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. and BB&T Insurance Holdings, Inc., the sixth largest insurance broker globally. Until his retirement in 2015, Mr. Reece served as Vice Chairman of the Foundation of Agency Management Excellence (“FAME”) Board of Directors and a member of the Executive Committee of The Institutes (American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters and Insurance Institute of America). He was also a past Chairman of the Council of Insurance Agents & Brokers and past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Institutes. Mr. Reece currently is a member of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina State University Foundation and the Blue Ridge Conservancy.

Marita Zuraitis

Ms. Marita Zuraitis has been appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company, effective September 17, 2013. Ms. Zuraitis was appointed to her present position as President and Chief Executive Officer in September 2013. She joined the Company in May 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer-Elect. Ms. Zuraitis joined Horace Mann from The Hanover Insurance Group where she was an Executive Vice President and a member of The Hanover’s Executive Leadership Team. From 2004 to 2013, she served as President, Property and Casualty Companies, responsible for the personal and commercial lines operations at Citizens Insurance Company of America, The Hanover Insurance Company and their affiliates. Prior to 2004, Ms. Zuraitis was with The St. Paul/Travelers Companies for six years, where she achieved the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Lines. She also held a number of increasingly responsible underwriting and field management positions with United States Fidelity and Guaranty Company and Aetna Life and Casualty. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Institutes, the leading provider of risk management and property-casualty insurance education, whose offerings include the premier CPCU® designation, and a past member of the Board of Directors of LL Global, Inc., a trade association with operating divisions LIMRA and LOMA. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. Ms. Zuraitis has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Bret Conklin

Mr. Bret A. Conklin is Acting Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Mr. Conklin was appointed to his present position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2017. He joined the Company as Senior Vice President and Controller in January 2002. Mr. Conklin previously served as Vice President of Kemper Insurance from January 2000 through January 2002, where he was responsible for all corporate financial reporting and accounting operations; Vice President and Controller of the Company from July 1998 through January 2000; and Vice President and Controller of Pekin Insurance from September 1992 through June 1998. He has seven years of public accounting experience with KPMG Peat Marwick from 1985 to 1992, specializing in its insurance industry practice. Mr. Conklin has over 30 years of experience in the insurance industry.

John McCarthy

Mr. John P. McCarthy is Chief Human Resource Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company since May 2014. Mr. McCarthy joined the Company in May 2014 as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. McCarthy’s previous experience includes Guardian Life Insurance Company, a life insurance provider, where he worked from December 2008 through March 2014, joining the Company as Executive Vice President, Human Resources where he helped build a high-performing organization focusing on talent, leadership and culture. He was with Wachovia Corporation from December 1998 to December 2008, where he held multiple positions including Senior Managing Director. He is currently Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce. Mr. McCarthy has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

Bret Benham

Mr. Bret Benham serves as Executive Vice President - Life and Retirement of the Company. Mr. Benham joined the Company in November 2017 as Executive Vice President, Life & Retirement. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Retirement at Ameritas, a position he held since 2013, and also held executive positions at TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments. Mr. Benham has served on multiple industry boards, including the American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI), Insurance Information Institute and Retirement Income Industry Association. He has a proven track record of delivering profitable growth, driving operational excellence, and has an innovative approach to products and distribution. Mr. Benham has over 35 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

William Caldwell

Mr. William J. Caldwell, Jr. is Executive Vice President, Property and Casualty of the company. Mr. Caldwell was appointed to his present position of Executive Vice President, Property and Casualty in July 2015. He joined the Company in November 2013 as Senior Vice President, Personal Lines, and was appointed Senior Vice President, Property & Casualty in October 2014. Mr. Caldwell previously served as Head of Property Products at QBE North America from June 2011 through November 2013, Senior Vice President of Bank of America from August 2007 to June 2011 and Vice President of Unitrin from June 2001 to August 2007. Mr. Caldwell has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Matthew Sharpe

Mr. Matthew P. Sharpe is an Executive Vice President - Annuity and Life of Horace Mann Educators Corporation, since January 2012. Mr. Sharpe was appointed to his present position as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Business Development in November 2017. He took on that role after modernizing our Life & Retirement suite and infrastructure as Executive Vice President, Life & Retirement, a position he held since joining the Company in January 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Sharpe was with Genworth Financial, Inc. from 1999 to 2011 where he most recently served as Senior Vice President. During his tenure at Genworth, he gained an extensive annuity and life background while leading a variety of successful growth, product development, strategic, marketing and sales initiatives. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Life Insurance Council and Central Illinois Foodbank. Mr. Sharpe has over 30 years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry.

Sandra Figurski

Ms. Sandra L. Figurski is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of the Company. Ms. Figurski was appointed to her present position as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in November 2014. She joined the Company in September 2013 as Chief Technology Officer. Ms. Figurski was previously with Allstate Insurance Company, an insurance provider, from 1981 to 2013 where she most recently served as Vice President and Divisional Chief Information Officer. Ms. Figurski has over 35 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Donald Carley

Mr. Donald M. Carley is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer of the Company. Mr. Carley joined the Company in January 2016 as General Counsel. He assumed the additional responsibilities of Corporate Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer in May 2016 and was appointed Senior Vice President in November 2016. Mr. Carley previously served as Associate General Counsel at State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, an insurance provider, since 2008. Prior to that, he spent 10 years in private practice at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now known as Dentons), most recently as partner of the firm. Mr. Carley has more than 25 years of private practice and corporate experience with a focus on insurance industry litigation, legislative, regulatory, claims and operational issues.

Kelly Stacy

Mr. Kelly J. Stacy is Senior Vice President - Field Operations and Distribution of the Company. . Stacy previously served as Northeast Regional President with The Hanover Insurance Group, a position he held since 2011. He served as Regional President and led Travelers Select commercial field operations from 2007 to 2011 and he served as Senior Vice President of marketing and field operations at the Main Street America Group from 1998 to 2007. Mr. Stacy has more than 30 years of property and casualty industry experience leading field operations, distribution and sales.

Kimberly Johnson

Ms. Kimberly Johnson is Principal Accounting Officer, Vice President, Controller of the company. Ms. Johnson was appointed to her present position as Vice President and Controller in April of 2017. She joined the Company in 2002 as Assistant Controller. Prior to that, she was with MSI Insurance from 1991 to 2002 where she held multiple positions, including Vice President and Controller. Ms. Johnson has over 25 years of experience in the insurance industry.

Heather Wietzel

Ms. Heather J. Wietzel Vice President of Investor Relations of the Company. Wietzel has more than 30 years of investor relations experience and comes to Horace Mann from Corning Incorporated (NYSE - GLW). Earlier in her career, she was Vice President of Investor Relations for property and casualty insurer Cincinnati Financial (NASDAQ - CINF). After leaving Cincinnati Financial, she ran her own consulting business, providing investor relations support to multiple publicly traded insurance companies. She earned the IRC charter from the National Investor Relations Institute in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Johns Hopkins University. Ryan Greenier, recently named Vice President of Finance, is taking on an expanded role in the company, overseeing the Investment Management, Treasury and Corporate Social Responsibility functions, as well as Investor Relations.

Daniel Domenech

Dr. Daniel A. Domenech is Independent Director of the Company. Dr. Domenech has served as the Executive Director of American Association of School Administrators (“AASA”), The School Superintendents Association, a professional organization for educational leaders, since July 2008. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Communities in Schools of Virginia and is a member of the Board of Directors of Learning First Alliance, the Center for Naval Analyses, ACT and Universal Service Administrative Company (“USAC”) where he Chairs the Schools and Libraries Committee. Dr. Domenech is also a past President of the New York State Council of School Superintendents, the Suffolk County Superintendents Association and the Suffolk County Organization for Promotion of Education, and was the first President and cofounder of the New York State Association for Bilingual Education. In addition, he has served on the U.S. Department of Education’s National Assessment Governing Board, on the Advisory Board for the Department of Defense schools, on the Board of Directors for the Baldrige Award and on the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Dr. Domenech has more than 40 years of experience in public education.

Stephen Hasenmiller

Mr. Stephen J. Hasenmiller is an Independent Director of the Company, since September 2004. Mr. Hasenmiller retired in March 2001 after 24 years of service at The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc., as Senior Vice President -Personal Lines. Mr. Hasenmiller’s prior affiliations include his tenure as Chairman of the Personal Lines Committee of the American Insurance Association (1999-2001) and membership on the Boards of Directors of the Institute for Business & Home Safety (1996-2001) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (1995-2001).

Ronald Helow

Mr. Ronald J. Helow is an Independent Director of the Company, since September 2009. Mr. Helow is managing director of New Course Advisors, a consulting firm he founded in 2008 to advise companies on how to use advanced technologies to create a competitive advantage. Mr. Helow served from 2001 to 2008 as Partner and Chief Technology Officer at NxtStar Ventures, LLC, a firm providing consulting services to life insurance and retail financial services businesses, and founded Registry Systems Corporation in 1990 to custom design and implement mission critical projects using advanced computer technologies for insurance companies.

Beverley McClure

Ms. Beverley J. McClure is Independent Director of the Company. Ms. McClure retired in 2007 after a 35 year career with United Services Automobile Association (“USAA”), as Senior Vice President, Enterprise Operations. She is owner of Fresh Perspectives LLC, a firm she founded in 2007 which specializes in executive coaching and small business consulting. Ms. McClure previously served as Senior Advisor of Endeavor Management, a consulting firm specializing in service culture creation, leadership coaching, business transformation, operational execution, and customer experience management, a position she held from 2010 to 2013. She holds the Chartered Life Underwriter and Fellow, Life Management Institute designations and is a certified executive coach through the International Coach Federation.

Robert Stricker

Mr. Robert Stricker is an Independent Director of the Company, since December 2009. Mr. Stricker retired from Shenkman Capital Management, Inc., an investment management firm, in March 2009 as Senior Vice President and Principal. Prior to joining Shenkman, he served as Managing Director, Head of U.S. Fixed Income, Citigroup Asset Management at Citigroup, Inc. from 1994 to 2001. Mr. Stricker has over 40 years of experience in the financial services industry. He currently serves as a Director of the CQS Directional Opportunities Feeder Fund Ltd. and on the OPEB Trust Board of the town of Greenwich, Connecticut. Mr. Stricker holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Steven Swyers

Mr. Steven O. Swyers is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Swyers retired in 2013 after a 40 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”), a public accounting firm. During this time with PwC, he served as the lead engagement partner on many national and international companies, including those in the financial services industry. He has also held various leadership positions at PwC including leader of the Central Region’s consumer and industrial products business segment and managing partner of their St. Louis practice. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Mercy Health East Communities. Mr. Swyers holds the Certified Public Accountant designation.