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Shenandoah Telecommunications Co (SHEN.OQ)

SHEN.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Christopher French

60 2011 Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer

James Woodward

58 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President - Finance

David Heimbach

42 2018 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Edward McKay

45 2015 Senior Vice President - Wireline & Engineering

William Pirtle

58 2015 Senior Vice President- Wireless

Thomas Whitaker

57 2015 Senior Vice President - Cable

Raymond Ostroski

63 2016 General Counsel, Vice President - Legal and Corporate Secretary

Richard Baughman

50 2010 Vice President - Information Technology

Tracy Fitzsimmons

50 2016 Lead Independent Director

Thomas Beckett

50 Independent Director

John Flora

62 2008 Independent Director

Richard Koontz

60 2006 Independent Director

Dale Lam

55 2004 Independent Director

Kenneth Quaglio

59 2017 Independent Director

Leigh Schultz

44 2016 Independent Director

James Zerkel

73 1985 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Christopher French

Mr. Christopher E. French is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and its subsidiaries since 1988. Prior to his appointment as President, he held a variety of positions with the Company, including Executive Vice President and Vice President-Network Service. Mr. French also serves on the Board of Directors of First National Corporation. Mr. French brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his engineering and business education, telecommunications industry experience, knowledge of and history with the Company, and public company knowledge, including knowledge gained from service as a director of First National Corporation. In addition, his substantial ownership of the Company’s common stock serves to align his interests with the Company’s shareholders.

James Woodward

Mr. James F. Woodward is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President - Finance of the Company. Mr. Woodward has 34 years of financial, accounting and operational experience. He most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Media General, Inc. a NYSE-listed broadcasting and digital media company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia which operated 71 television stations in 48 markets. During his 34 year career with Media General, Mr. Woodward also held positons as Group Vice President, Growth & Performance; Vice President, Human Resources; and other operational and accounting positions. Mr. Woodward holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from James Madison University and previously held designation as a Certified Public Accountant.

David Heimbach

Mr. David L. Heimbach is Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the company. He has approximately 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, most recently serving as Chief Operating Officer of Rise Broadband, Inc., a wireless broadband service provider, from July 2015 to October 2017. Prior to joining Rise Broadband, he served in multiple positions with Cincinnati Bell Inc., a residential and consumer telecommunications provider, from 2003-2014 including Chief Operating Officer from March 2013 to December 2014 and Senior Vice President and General Manager of Business and Carrier Markets from November 2010 to March 2013.

Edward McKay

Mr. Edward H. McKay is Senior Vice President - Wireline & Engineering of the Company. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. He is responsible for network planning and engineering for all Shentel’s networks and the Marketing and Sales of Shentel’s fiber optic network. Previously he was Vice President - Wireline and Engineering. Mr. McKay joined Shentel in 2004 and began his telecommunications industry career in 1996, including previous engineering management positions at UUNET and Verizon. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned ME and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering. He represents the Company on the Board of ValleyNet.

William Pirtle

Mr. William L. Pirtle is Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, Wireless of the Company effective January 1, 2019. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. He is responsible for sales and marketing of Sprint branded wireless products and services, Shentel branded cable TV, Internet access, and voice products and services offered by the company. He is also responsible for the Shentel brand identity. His previous position was Vice President - Wireless, responsible for Shentel’s Wireless segment. He joined the Company in 1992 as Vice President - Network Services responsible for Shentel's technology decisions, maintenance and operation of its telephone, cable, cellular, paging and fiber optics networks. He helped launch Shentel's Internet business in 1994, and led its participation in its wireless PCS business and Sprint affiliation beginning in 1995. Mr. Pirtle is a co-founder of the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council and has represented the Company on the Board of ValleyNet and on the Board of the Competitive Carriers Association. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

Thomas Whitaker

Mr. Thomas A. Whitaker is Senior Vice President - Cable of the Company. He was promoted to Senior Vice President in September 2015. He was previously the Vice President - Cable with responsibility for Shentel cable operations. Mr. Whitaker joined Shentel in 2004 through the Shentel acquisition of NTC Communications. Mr. Whitaker is responsible for Shentel cable operations, sales and marketing. Additionally, he supports the Shentel Network Operations Center. Mr. Whitaker began his career in 1983. He previously was COO of NTC Communications, and served as Vice President of Network Operations at Broadslate Networks, Director of Wireless Operations for nTelos, and was Co-Founder and Vice President of Nat-Com, Incorporated. Mr. Whitaker is a graduate of West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon, WV.

Raymond Ostroski

Mr. Raymond B. Ostroski is General Counsel, Vice President - Legal and Corporate Secretary of the Company. He joined Shentel in 2013 and is responsible for all legal and regulatory compliance matters for the Company. He also acts as Corporate Secretary to the Company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Ostroski began his career in the telecommunications industry in 1985 and has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for One Communications, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Executive Vice President and General Counsel for RCN Corporation and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of C-TEC Corporation. Mr. Ostroski earned a BS degree in Social Science from Wilkes University and also earned a Juris Doctor degree from Temple University School of Law.

Richard Baughman

Mr. Richard A. Baughman is Vice President - Information Technology of the Company. He began his career in 1991 working with the Navy and entered the telecommunications industry in 1995, working for companies including Bellcore/Telcordia, AT&T, Lucent, WINfirst and SureWest. He joined the Company in 2006 and is responsible for all of the back-office software and infrastructure systems at Shentel. Mr. Baughman has a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MS in Optics from the University of Rochester.

Tracy Fitzsimmons

Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons is the Lead Independent Director of the Company., since May 3, 2005. She is the President of Shenandoah University, located in Winchester, Virginia, a position she has held since July 2008. She previously served as Senior Vice President and Vice President for Academic Affairs of Shenandoah University since October 2006 and Vice President of Academic Affairs since July 2002. Dr. Fitzsimmons also currently serves as a professor of political science at Shenandoah University. Dr. Fitzsimmons received Ph.D. and M.A. degrees from Stanford University and a B.A. degree from Princeton University. Dr. Fitzsimmons brings to the Board additional qualifications, including her educational background, budgeting and financial experience with a large diverse educational organization, overall leadership experience and responsibilities as president of a university that offers undergraduate, masters and professional doctorate degrees and is considered a technology leader among higher education institutions.

Thomas Beckett

Mr. Thomas A. Beckett is Independent Director of the company. Mr. Beckett has served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of American Public Education, Inc. (APEI), a publically traded provider of online and on-campus postsecondary education headquartered in Charles Town, West Virginia since 2016. Mr. Beckett also serves as the General Counsel and Secretary of American Public University System, Inc. (APUS), a wholly owned subsidiary of APEI, and has held various other positions with APUS since joining the company in 2011. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Beckett was the General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer of InnoZen, Inc. (now CURE Pharmaceutical) and HealthSport, Inc., pharmaceutical and dietary supplement technology companies located in California. Mr. Beckett also held various other leadership positions at these companies. Prior to this work, Mr. Beckett was an attorney at the international law firms King & Spalding LLP and Holland & Knight LLP. Mr. Beckett began his career as a banking officer with First Union National Bank. Mr. Beckett brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his significant experience providing advice and guidance to Boards of Directors and executive management, his expertise in corporate governance, and his experience as an executive officer of a public company.

John Flora

Mr. John W. Flora is an Independent Director of the Company since May 6, 2008. He has been an attorney-at-law since 1980, and currently is a shareholder of Lenhart Pettit PC in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Mr. Flora’s business and tax practice has ranged from serving as lead counsel of a publicly held Fortune 500 company to representing private companies and their owners from business formation through succession. Mr. Flora brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his career as an attorney with a regional law firm and his substantial experience in advising public companies, as well as his experience in assisting businesses with a wide variety of legal and regulatory issues.

Richard Koontz

Mr. Richard L. Koontz, Jr., is Independent Director of the Company, since 2006. He has served as Vice President of Holtzman Oil Corporation, a supplier and distributor of petroleum products located in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, since 1988. He is currently Chairman of the Shenandoah County Public Schools Board. Mr. Koontz brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his experience as a member of senior management of a successful regional business, with substantial budget authority and finance responsibilities, his community service through membership on the Shenandoah County Public Schools Board, and his knowledge of the Company’s extensive local shareholder base.

Dale Lam

Mr. Dale S. Lam is Independent Director of the Company., since April 20, 2004. He has served as President of Strategent Financial, LLC, a financial advisory firm, since November 2008. Mr. Lam previously served as Chief Financial Officer and member of the Board of Directors of ComSonics, Inc., a cable television equipment manufacturer and repair operation headquartered in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from April 2001 through October 2008. He is also a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Lam brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his industry knowledge gained through his prior employment in a business related to the telecommunications industry, his experience serving as a chief financial officer of a public company, his financial education, and his work experience and qualification as a Certified Public Accountant. Mr. Lam also serves as an audit committee financial expert.

Kenneth Quaglio

Mr. Kenneth L. Quaglio is Director of the company. He is currently CEO and President of Siteworx, LLC, a leading digital marketing consultancy that works with businesses to craft and implement digital experiences, which he joined in 2014. From 2012 through 2014, Mr. Quaglio served as Chief Operating Officer of 3Pillar Global, Inc., a global software product development company. From 2009 through 2012 he was Partner/Principal, Advisory Services Performance Improvement for Ernst and Young, LLP. Mr. Quaglio brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his experience as a CEO, and his expertise in strategy, planning and execution, leadership and management, new business development, and technology services.

Leigh Schultz

Ms. Leigh Ann Schultz is an Independent Director of the Company. She is founder and CEO of Vintage Advisory, LLC, a strategic advisory firm that provides transaction, financial advisory and strategic planning support to start-up and growth companies, as well as non-profits. From 2014 through 2016, she was Managing Director for MorganFranklin Consulting, a strategy and execution-focused business consulting firm. From 2012 through 2014, she was Mid-Atlantic Managing Director of Riveron Consulting, a mergers and acquisition advisory firm. From 2010 through 2012, Ms. Schultz served in the Division of Corporation Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), where she focused on the telecommunications sector, among others. Her responsibilities at the SEC included examining complex filings made under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, providing guidance on financial statement disclosure requirements and resolving accounting and disclosure issues arising in filings. Ms. Schultz brings to the Board additional qualifications, including her financial background and expertise in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, acquisition integration, SEC reporting and compliance, business process improvement, and project management.

James Zerkel

Mr. James E. Zerkel, II, is Independent Director of the Company., since 1985. He has served as Vice President of James E. Zerkel, Inc., a hardware firm located in Mt. Jackson, Virginia, since 1970. Mr. Zerkel brings to the Board additional qualifications, including his experience as a successful local businessman with close ties to the community, knowledge of and history with the Company and the Company’s extensive local shareholder base, and his experience in corporate governance from his past service on the Board of Directors of Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.

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