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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Alan Hodnik

57 2016 Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer

Robert Adams

54 2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Bethany Owen

51 2016 Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer

Deborah Amberg

51 2016 Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer – Regulated Operations and President – SWL&P

David McMillan

55 2012 Senior Vice President - External Affairs

Bradley Oachs

59 2016 Senior Vice President and President – Regulated Operations

Steven Morris

55 2016 Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller

Patrick Cutshall

51 2016 Treasurer

Heidi Jimmerson-Eddins

59 2004 Lead Independent Director

Robert Powers

2017 Director

Kathryn Dindo

68 2009 Independent Director

Sidney Emery

70 2007 Independent Director

George Goldfarb

57 2012 Independent Director

James Haines

70 2009 Independent Director

James Hoolihan

64 2006 Independent Director

Madeleine Ludlow

62 2004 Independent Director

Douglas Neve

61 2007 Independent Director

Leonard Rodman

68 2009 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Alan Hodnik

Mr. Alan R. Hodnik is the Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Hodnik is ALLETE's Chairman, President, and CEO. Since joining the Company in 1982, Mr. Hodnik has served in many capacities, including in organizational development and managing electric generation facilities from 1995 to 2005, with an increasing scope of leadership responsibilities. In 2005, Mr. Hodnik was named Vice President-Generation Operations; in 2006, he became Senior Vice President of Minnesota Power Operations; and he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007, assuming responsibility for subsidiaries, Superior Water, Light and Power Company and BNI Energy, Inc. at that time. Mr. Hodnik was elected President of ALLETE in May 2009, CEO in May 2010, and Chairman in May 2011. Mr. Hodnik is a director for PolyMet Mining Corporation (NYSE-A: PLM; TSX: POM), serving as the chair of its compensation committee and as a member of several other committees, including its nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Hodnik also serves on the board of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and on the board of Essentia Health System, where he is a member of its physician compensation committee. Mr. Hodnik served as the elected mayor of the City of Aurora, Minnesota from 1988 to 1997.

Robert Adams

Mr. Robert John Adams has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company, effective March 4, 2017. He was Senior Vice President – Energy-Centric Businesses, Chief Risk Officer of Allete, Inc. Adams joined the Duluth-based company in 1987 as a financial analyst. He was involved in several successful startups, including Enventis Telecommunications and Split Rock Energy. He also led Reach-All Manufacturing for a period in the early 1990s. He was named chief risk officer and vice president of business development in 2008, promoted to vice president of energy-centric businesses in 2014 and added the title of senior vice president of energy-centric businesses in 2015. The role of CFO is familiar to Adams, having served in that capacity in the past for Minnesota Power and Split Rock Energy.

Bethany Owen

Ms. Bethany M. Owen is the Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Administrative Officer of the Company. Since June 23, 2014, Ms. Owen has held the position of Vice President – Information Technology Solutions and President – SWL&P. Prior to that she held the positions of Vice President and President – SWL&P from February 2012 through June 2014 and President – SWL&P from August 2010 through February 2012.

Deborah Amberg

Ms. Deborah A. Amberg is the Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer – Regulated Operations and President – SWL&P, a subsidiary of the Company. She educated at the University of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota Law School. At ALLETE, she Began as an attorney and was named Senior Attorney in 1998. She was named General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and vice president of Corporate Legal Services in 2004. She was promoted to Senior Vice President in 2006.

David McMillan

Mr. David J. McMillan is the Senior Vice President - External Affairs of the Company. He was educated at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and the University of Minnesota Law School. Employed as assistant general attorney for the Union Pacific Railroad. At ALLETE: Served as an attorney from 1989 through 1997, when he was named vice president of customer solutions. Was appointed vice president, strategic accounts marketing, in 2000 and vice president of customer solutions and strategic accounts in 2001. Was named senior vice president in 2002. In 2003, he was named senior vice president of marketing, regulatory and public affairs. He was appointed to the additional position of executive vice president of Minnesota Power in 2006.

Bradley Oachs

Mr. Bradley W. Oachs is the Senior Vice President and President – Regulated Operations of the Company. Since September 12, 2009, Mr. Oachs has held the position of Chief Operating Officer – Minnesota Power.

Steven Morris

Mr. Steven W. Morris is the Chief Accounting Officer, Vice President and Controller of the Company. Mr. Morris joined the Company in 2001 as Manager of Financial Reporting and Budgeting for Minnesota Power. In 2005, he was appointed Director of Internal Audit for ALLETE and in 2010 was appointed the Director of Accounting.

Patrick Cutshall

Mr. Patrick L. Cutshall is the Treasurer of the Company. Mr. Cutshall has been with ALLETE for 26 years, beginning in 1989 when he joined utility affiliate Minnesota Power as a financial analyst in Accounting. He moved to Investments and Analysis in 1990 where he held various leadership roles before being promoted to manager-Investments in 2009 and director-Investments and Tax in 2014. Cutshall is a Certified Public Accountant and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. A 1987 graduate of the University of Minnesota-Duluth with a bachelor's degree in accounting, he was an auditor at Ernst & Whinney before joining Minnesota Power.

Heidi Jimmerson-Eddins

Ms. Heidi E. Jimmerson-Eddins is an Lead Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Jimmerson is the former Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Florida East Coast Railway, LLC, a railway company that is a successor to Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.'s transportation business. She joined Florida East Coast Industries, Inc. in 1999, and was responsible for all legal and governmental affairs of the corporation in addition to managing a variety of real estate transactions until her retirement in 2008. She is a board member of non-profit organizations in St. Johns County, Florida.

Robert Powers

Mr. Robert P. Powers serves as Director of the Company. He also interacted frequently with AEP's board of directors on business strategy, technology shifts, investment decisions, regulatory expectations and executive development. He joined AEP in 1998 as senior vice president and chief nuclear officer, and steadily took on roles of greater responsibility. AEP is one of the nation's largest electric utilities, serving nearly 5.4 million customers in 11 states.

Kathryn Dindo

Ms. Kathryn M. Dindo is an Independent Director of the Company. She is a member of the Audit Committee. From 2001 to 2008, Ms. Dindo was the vice president and chief risk officer of FirstEnergy Corporation (NYSE: FE), a diversified electric company. Ms. Dindo is a certified public accountant who was a partner at Ernst & Young and later served as a senior financial executive at Caliber System, Inc. (formerly Roadway Services, Inc.), a transportation services company, before joining FirstEnergy in 1998. Ms. Dindo serves as a director of The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM), a manufacturer and marketer of branded food products, where she chairs the audit committee and is a member of the executive compensation committee. Ms. Dindo also serves as a director and chair of the audit committee of Bush Brothers & Company, a privately owned food processing and manufacturing company. She also serves as a director of Shoebox Private Trust Company, LLC and as member of the distribution committee of the GAR Foundation, a non-profit making community investments in the Akron, Ohio region.

Sidney Emery

Mr. Sidney W. Emery, Jr. is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Emery, the owner and chief executive officer of Supply Chain Services, LLC, a nation wide, value-added provider of barcode scanning equipment, has served in those roles since 2010. Mr. Emery served as the chairman and chief executive officer of MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a global supplier of mechanical testing systems and industrial position sensors, from 1998 to 2008. For years, Mr. Emery served as a director, chair of the compensation committee, and member of the audit and governance committees of Urologix Inc., a Minneapolis-based manufacturer of minimally invasive medical devices; Mr. Emery's role with Urologix, Inc. ended in February 2016 when the company transitioned to private ownership.

George Goldfarb

Mr. George G. Goldfarb is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Goldfarb is the president and chief executive officer of the Value Fashion Segment of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDQ: ASNA), women's apparel retailer, which includes the Duluth-based Maurices brand and the Mahwah, New Jersey-based Dressbarn brand. Mr. Goldfarb has served as Maurices Incorporated's chief executive officer since July 2015 and as its president since 2011. Mr. Goldfarb served as chief operating officer of Maurices Incorporated from 2006 to 2011 and as its chief financial officer from 2001 to 2006. Prior to his career in the retail fashion business, Mr. Goldfarb worked in public accounting at Kolquist, Seitz & Goldman, LLC in Duluth. Mr. Goldfarb serves on the Chancellor's Advisory Board for the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

James Haines

Mr. James S. Haines, Jr. is an Independent Director of the Company. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Haines was the chief executive officer and a director of Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR), the largest electric energy provider in Kansas. He has also served as chief executive officer of El Paso Electric Company. Mr. Haines is a member of the board of Sunflower Bank, a community bank based in Salina, Kansas, and of The Land Institute, a research organization based in Salina, Kansas, focused on developing sustainable agricultural practices. Mr. Haines has had a long career of public utility experience, having served as chief executive officer of two public utilities.

James Hoolihan

Mr. James J. Hoolihan is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Hoolihan is the chief executive officer and chair of the board of Industrial Lubricant Company, which provides industrial supplies and services to logging, railroad, taconite, and coal mining industries. He is also the owner and president of Can-Jer Industrial Lubricant, Ltd., which operates in Canada. From 2004 until September 2011, Mr. Hoolihan was the president and chief executive officer of the Blandin Foundation, a private, philanthropic foundation whose mission is to strengthen communities in rural Minnesota, particularly the Grand Rapids area. He currently serves as a trustee for the Blandin Foundation and co-trustee for the Charles K. Blandin Residuary Trust. Mr. Hoolihan is also a trustee for the Mitchell Hamline School of Law. From 1981 to 2004, Mr. Hoolihan was the president of Industrial Lubricant Company. From 1990 to 1995, he served as the elected mayor of the City of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Mr. Hoolihan is a long-time community leader in the Company's electric utility service area.

Madeleine Ludlow

Ms. Madeleine W. Ludlow is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Ludlow provides consulting services regarding investments in private equity transactions. From 2009 to January 2011, she was a principal of Market Capital Partners LLC and from 2005 to 2009 was a principal of LudlowWard Capital Advisors, LLC, both of which were Ohio-based investment banking firms serving middle market companies. Ms. Ludlow was the chair, chief executive officer, and president of Cadence Network, Inc., a web-based provider of utility expense management services from 2000 to 2004. She was formerly the vice president and chief financial officer of Cinergy Corp. Ms. Ludlow is the founder and chair of the board of directors of West Capital Advisors, LLC, which provides strategic and development advisory services for corporate innovation. She also serves on the board of the Ohio National Fund, Inc., a registered investment company with 25 separate investment funds. Ms. Ludlow is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the SEC rules.

Douglas Neve

Mr. Douglas C. Neve is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Neve provides financial consulting services. Mr. Neve is the former executive vice president and chief financial officer of Minneapolis-based Ceridian Corp., a multinational human resources company, where he worked from February 2005 until March 2007. He is a certified public accountant who, prior to February 2005, was a partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP, a public accounting firm. Mr. Neve serves as a director and chair of the audit committee of Tyndale House Publishing, Inc. Mr. Neve is an audit committee financial expert within the meaning of the SEC rules, and brings to the Company his knowledge of public accounting, corporate reporting, and risk management.

Leonard Rodman

Mr. Leonard C. Rodman is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Rodman is the retired chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch, a major provider of engineering and construction services to the electric utility, power generation, water, environmental, and telecommunications industries. Mr. Rodman had served as president and chief executive officer of Black & Veatch since 1998 and as its chairman since 2000, before retiring in 2013. Mr. Rodman served as a director and member of the audit committee of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City until his term ended in December 2016. He is currently chair of the board of National Association of Corporate Directors, Heartland Chapter.