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Buffalo Wild Wings Inc (BWLD.OQ)

BWLD.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Jerry Rose

66 2017 Independent Chairman of the Board

Sally Smith

59 1996 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Alexander Ware

54 2016 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer

Emily Decker

37 2014 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

Jeffrey Sorum

53 2017 Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller

Andrew Block

48 2012 Senior Vice President - Talent Management

Lee Patterson

42 2016 Senior Vice President - Enterprise Strategy, Brand and Innovation

Santiago Abraham

43 2016 Chief Information Officer

Cynthia Davis

55 2014 Independent Director

Andre Fernandez

48 2016 Independent Director

Harry Lawton

43 2016 Independent Director

John Maggard

62 1999 Independent Director

Harmit Singh

54 2016 Independent Director

Heather Pribyl

2017 Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Jerry Rose

Mr. Jerry R. Rose is Independent Chairman of the Board of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc., since January 3, 2017. Mr. Rose served as Corporate Vice President of Cargill, Inc. from 2004 to September 2012. Mr. Rose began his career at Cargill as a Financial Management Trainee and, during his 40-year tenure there, had multiple roles in the Accounting and Finance departments and gained extensive restaurant and supply chain expertise. Mr. Rose spent almost one half of his career working directly with a large number of restaurant chains, many of which were multi-national. Mr. Rose’s responsibilities included approving major dedicated supply chain operations and major innovation models, all of which required a significant understanding of each chain’s strategy. He drove the strategy for Cargill’s international investment activities and acquisitions, as well as serving as chair of the Cargill Business Excellence Committee, which focused on developing high-performance businesses in Cargill worldwide. Mr. Rose was assigned to Sunny Fresh Foods, where he worked for 12 years, rising to President in 1995. Under Rose’s leadership, Sunny Fresh Foods became the first food company to receive the Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award in 1999. He was a member of the Corporate Center and a platform leader for the Cargill Animal Nutrition, Animal Protein & Salt Platform and the Cargill BioFuels, BioIndustrial & Emerging Business Platform. He is a past member of the North Dakota and Arkansas State Societies of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Mr. Rose is a financial expert who brings to our Board of Directors experience in strategic planning, acquisitions and capital allocation. He has senior management experience in a large global organization and brings experiences from the many restaurant companies he supported. He brings expertise in food production and processing, food manufacturing, financial markets, transportation and animal nutrition.

Sally Smith

Ms. Sally J. Smith, CPA is no longer President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company effective end of the year. She served as our Chief Financial Officer from 1994 to 1996. Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, she was the Chief Financial Officer of Dahlberg, Inc., the manufacturer and franchisor of Miracle-Ear hearing aids, from 1983 to 1994. Ms. Smith began her career with KPMG LLP, an international audit, tax and advisory services firm. Ms. Smith holds an inactive CPA license. Ms. Smith serves on the board of the National Restaurant Association. She also serves on the boards of Alerus Financial Corporation and Allina Health Systems, which are privately held businesses, and Hormel Foods, Inc., which is a publicly traded company.

Alexander Ware

Mr. Alexander H. Ware is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President, Treasurer of the Company. Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Mr. Ware served as executive chairman at MStar Holding Corp. from December 2012 to October 2016. He also served as the interim chief executive officer of MStar Holding Corp. from July 2013 until February 2014. From December 2012 to December 2015, he served as a senior advisor to Pohlad Companies. Previously, he served as executive vice president, strategic development, at Pohlad Companies from 2010 to December 2012. He served as chief financial officer of PepsiAmericas, Inc. from 2005 until its acquisition by PepsiCo, Inc. in 2010. Mr. Ware held earlier positions in banking and managing consulting before joining PepsiCo in 1994. Mr. Ware serves on the board of MStar Holding Corp., Barfresh Food Group and is a member of the Advisory Council of Stone Arch Capital, LLC.

Emily Decker

Ms. Emily C. Decker is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. She served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from 2011 to April 2014 and as our Franchise Attorney from 2007 until 2011. From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Decker was an Associate at Briggs and Morgan, P.A.

Jeffrey Sorum

Mr. Jeffrey B. Sorum is Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller of the Company. He served as Interim Principal Financial Officer of the Company. He has served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Controller at Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. since January 2013. Previously, he had served as Vice President and Corporate Controller from 2005 to January 2013 and as Senior Director of Accounting from 2002 to 2005. He maintains an active CPA license in the State of Minnesota and began his career with KPMG LLP, where he served in various roles from 1992 to 2002, most recently as a Senior Audit Manager.

Andrew Block

Mr. Andrew D. Block is Senior Vice President - Talent Management of the Company. He served as Vice President, Talent Management from 2010 until January 2012. Mr. Block served as Director of Human Resources at C. H. Robinson Worldwide from December 2002 to April 2011. From 1996 to 2002, Mr. Block was with Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as Director of Human Resources. Earlier in his career Mr. Block worked in the Human Resources field for Ecolab and a subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

Lee Patterson

Mr. Lee R. Patterson is Senior Vice President - Enterprise Strategy, Brand and Innovation of the Company. He served as Senior Vice President, Guest Marketing Experience from January 2014 to September 2016. He served as Senior Vice President, Guest Experience and Innovation from October 2011 to December 2013, Senior Vice President, Information Technology from January 2011 until October 2011 and as our Vice President, Information Technology from 2008 until 2011. Mr. Patterson was with Applebee’s International, Inc. from 2003 to 2008, serving most recently as Director of Restaurant Systems.

Santiago Abraham

Mr. Santiago M. Abraham is Chief Information Officer of the Company. Prior to joining Buffalo Wild Wings, Mr. Abraham was a Vice President of Information Technology Strategy, Sourcing and Vendor Management at Royal Caribbean Cruises, LTD, from 2006 to December 2016. He served as a Senior Practice Manager of Transportation and Travel Service at Accenture, LTD, from 1997 to 2006. Mr. Abraham has served on the board of the United Way of Miami-Dade as an Information Technology Committee Member and as the campaign chair for Royal Caribbean.

Cynthia Davis

Ms. Cynthia L. (Cindy) Davis is Independent Director of Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc. Ms. Davis served as an executive at Nike for 10 years, most recently as Vice President of Nike Inc. and President of Nike Golf from 2008 until her retirement in December 2014. In her role with Nike Golf, she led the $800 million global golf business, including all product, marketing, sports marketing, sales, operations, finance, legal, and human resources responsibilities. Ms. Davis drove innovative profitable growth and a team of elite athletes headlined by two of the most iconic golf athletes. To that end, in 2013, she was recognized as one of Sports Illustrated’s “50 Most Powerful People in Sports.” Prior to joining Nike in 2005, Ms. Davis was the Senior Vice President of Golf Sponsorships, Sports Marketing and New Media for the Golf Channel. Leading up to that, she was the President and CEO of The Arnold Palmer Golf Company after serving as Vice President of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). Ms. Davis is a former chairperson of the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and has served on the Golf 20/20 Executive Committee. Through her business background, Ms. Davis brings to the Board of Directors significant global business leadership skills. She has experience in strategic planning, innovation and consumer initiatives, go-to-market profitable growth plans, and expertise in the sports industry. She also brings corporate governance experience to the Board, through her experience with other public companies.

Andre Fernandez

Mr. Andre J. Fernandez is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Fernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CBS RADIO. In this role, Mr. Fernandez is responsible for the overall direction and management of that company, which includes 117 over-the-air radio stations in 26 major markets, production and distribution of original content in sports, news and entertainment, and production of live events and festivals. Prior to joining CBS RADIO, Mr. Fernandez worked for Journal Communications Inc. from October 2008 to March 2015, where he served in multiple operating, financial and strategy roles, most recently as the President and Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Fernandez served in a number of leadership roles of increasing responsibility at the General Electric Company, including Chief Financial Officer of Telemundo Communications; Chief Financial Officer and Controller of GE Latin America; Chief Financial Officer of GE Digital Energy; Assistant Treasurer of GE Corporate Treasury; and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Information Technology Solutions (ITS) Brazil. Additionally, Mr. Fernandez has been named to Billboard’s “Power 100” list which recognizes the most influential executives in the music industry and was ranked the second most powerful person in radio on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” list.

Harry Lawton

Mr. Harry L. (Hal) Lawton is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Lawton has served as Senior Vice President of North America at eBay, Inc. since May 2015. At eBay, Mr. Lawton’s responsibilities include all functions for the Americas business unit, including merchandising, marketing, operations, business selling, consumer selling, and advertising. He also has global responsibility for shipping, payments and risk, and trust functions. Before joining eBay, Mr. Lawton held a number of leadership positions at Home Depot, Inc. from May 2005 until May 2015, including Senior Vice President of Merchandising of Hardlines, and Senior Vice President and President of that company’s online business. Prior to Home Depot, Mr. Lawton served as an Associate Principle for McKinsey & Company from 2000 to 2005.

John Maggard

Mr. John Oliver Maggard serves as an Independent Director of Buffalo Wild Wings Inc. Mr. Maggard has served as Managing Partner of Caymus Partners LLC, an investment banking firm, since October 2002, and as a Managing Partner of its affiliate Caymus Equity Partners, LLC, a private equity firm, since its founding in 2012. From January 1995 to October 2002, Mr. Maggard was a Managing Director and Partner of Regent Capital Management Corp., a private equity firm which he co-founded. Prior to founding Regent Capital, Mr. Maggard held various positions with Bankers Trust Company, Kidder Peabody & Company, Inc., Drexel Burnham Lambert Incorporated, and E.F. Hutton & Co. Mr. Maggard has significant financial experience and brings strong leadership to our Board of Directors and its Audit Committee. Throughout his career, he has advised and invested in numerous consumer oriented businesses, including multiple restaurant concepts. While reviewing hundreds of investment opportunities each year, he has a thorough understanding of the drivers of value in both public and private companies. He understands the importance of unit level economics as one of those value drivers, as well as how they have an impact on the financials of the overall company.

Harmit Singh

Mr. Harmit J. Singh is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Singh has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. since January 2013. He is responsible for managing that company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. Previously, Mr. Singh was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation from 2008 to December 2012. Prior to that, he spent 14 years at Yum! Brands, Inc. in a variety of global leadership roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Yum! Restaurants International (2005-2008) and Pizza Hut (2003-2005). Before joining Yum!, Mr. Singh worked in various financial capacities for American Express India & Area Countries. Mr. Singh brings to our Board of Directors broad financial knowledge across a variety of industries, including financial services, restaurants, hospitality and retail apparel. He also brings global experience in franchising, real estate and development, growth expansion and business turnarounds. He has worked with a diverse group of shareholders—both of public and private companies. During his professional career he has lived in 3 countries and 5 cities. Mr. Singh is a Chartered Accountant from India.

Heather Pribyl

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