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Evergy Inc (EVRG.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Mark Ruelle

58 2018 Chairman of the Board

Terry Bassham

59 2018 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Anthony Somma

56 2018 Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President

Kevin Bryant

44 2018 Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Gregory Greenwood

54 2018 Executive Vice President - Strategy Chief Administrative Officer

Charles King

55 2018 Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer

Heather Humphrey

49 2018 Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Charles Caisley

46 2018 Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs and Chief Customer Officer

Jerl Banning

58 2018 Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer

Steven Busser

51 2018 Vice President - Risk Management and Controller

Kirkland Andrews

52 2020 Independent Director

Mollie Carter

58 2018 Independent Director

Richard Hawley

71 2011 Independent Director

Thomas Hyde

71 2011 Independent Director

B. Anthony Isaac

67 2003 Independent Director

Paul Keglevic

66 2020 Independent Director

Sandra Lawrence

62 2004 Independent Director

Ann Murtlow

59 2013 Independent Director

Sandra Price

61 2016 Independent Director

Swen Soderstrom

66 2010 Independent Director

John Stall

65 2019 Independent Director

Lori Wright

Vice President, Corporate Planning, Investor Relations and Treasurer

Biographies

Name Description

Mark Ruelle

Mr. Mark A. Ruelle is Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Ruelle served as a member of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of Westar Energy prior to the merger with Great Plains Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy (2011-2018). Mr. Ruelle was also previously Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Westar Energy (2003-2011), and had held other financial, strategic planning and corporate development positions with Westar Energy. Mr. Ruelle also served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Sierra Pacific Resources and its integrated electric utility subsidiary, Sierra Pacific Power Company (1997-2001), and, following its acquisition by Sierra Pacific Resources, President of Nevada Power Company (2001-2002), in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is on the Board of Directors of Stormont-Vail Health Care and various charitable and civic organizations. Mr. Ruelle received both a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in economics from the University of North Dakota.

Terry Bassham

Mr. Terry D. Bassham serves as President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Bassham is President and Chief Executive Officer of Evergy. Mr. Bassham was Chairman of the Board of Directors (2013-2018), President (2011-2018) and Chief Executive Officer (2012-2018) of Great Plains Energy and Kansas City Power & Light Company (“KCP&L”) prior to the merger with Westar Energy that resulted in the formation of Evergy. Prior to that, Mr. Bassham served in various capacities at Great Plains Energy and KCP&L, including as Chief Operating Officer (2011-2012), Executive Vice President of Finance and Strategic Development and Chief Financial Officer (2005-2010) and KCP&L’s Executive Vice President of Utility Operations (2010-2011). Before joining KCP&L, Mr. Bassham was Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer for El Paso Electric Company (2001-2005) in Texas, where he oversaw the financial, treasury, regulatory and administrative functions. He originally joined El Paso Electric Company as General Counsel (1996-2001) with responsibility for legislative affairs, regulatory affairs and corporate governance. Mr. Bassham serves on the Board of Directors of Commerce Bancshares Inc. (NASDAQ: CBSH) (since 2013), a bank holding company based in Kansas City, Missouri, where he serves on the audit and risk committee and compensation and human resources committee. Additionally, Mr. Bassham holds leadership positions at the Electric Power Research Institute and various charitable, non-profit and civic organizations. Mr. Bassham holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas-Arlington and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio, Texas, and has completed the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations Nuclear Reactor Technology Course for Executives at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Anthony Somma

Mr. Anthony D. Somma is Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Somma previously served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer (2011-2018) for Westar Energy, after having been appointed as Treasurer in 2006 and Vice President in 2009. He also served as Executive Director, Generation (2004-2006), Executive Director, Finance (1998-1999) and Director, Corporate Strategy (1996-1998) of Westar Energy, after having joined the company in 1994. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Somma served in various leadership roles with a former affiliate of Westar Energy, including Senior Vice President, Finance and Administration, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary.

Kevin Bryant

Mr. Kevin E. Bryant serves as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Bryant previously served as Senior Vice President - Finance and Strategy and Chief Financial Officer of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2015-2018). He previously served as Vice President - Strategic Planning of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2014). He served as Vice President - Investor Relations and Strategic Planning and Treasurer of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2013). He served as Vice President - Investor Relations and Treasurer of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2011-2013). He was Vice President - Strategy and Risk Management of KCP&L and GMO (2011) and Vice President - Energy Solutions of KCP&L (2006-2011) and GMO (2008-2011).

Gregory Greenwood

Mr. Gregory A. Greenwood serves as Executive Vice President - Strategy Chief Administrative Officer of the Company. Mr. Greenwood previously served in the following officer roles for Westar Energy: Senior Vice President, Strategy (2011-2018); Vice President, Major Construction Projects (2006-2011); and Treasurer (2003-2006). Mr. Greenwood also served in the following roles for Westar Energy: Executive/Senior Director, Corporate Finance (1999-2003); Director, Financial Strategy and Acting Director, Internal Audit (1999-2000); and Director, Financial Strategy (1998-1999). Mr. Greenwood joined Westar Energy in 1993.

Charles King

Heather Humphrey

Ms. Heather A. Humphrey is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Company. Ms. Humphrey previously served as Senior Vice President - Corporate Services and General Counsel of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2016-2018). She previously served as General Counsel (2010-2016) and Senior Vice President - Human Resources of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2012-2016). She served as Vice President - Human Resources of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2010-2012). She was Senior Director of Human Resources and Interim General Counsel of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2010) and Managing Attorney of KCP&L (2007-2010).

Charles Caisley

Mr. Charles A. Caisley is Senior Vice President, Marketing and Public Affairs and Chief Customer Officer of the Company. Mr. Caisley served as Vice President - Marketing and Public Affairs of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2011-2018). He was Senior Director of Public Affairs (2008-2011) and Director of Governmental Affairs of KCP&L (2007-2008).

Jerl Banning

Mr. Jerl L. Banning serves as Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer of the Company. Mr. Banning previously served in the following officer roles for Westar Energy: Senior Vice President, Operations Support and Administration (2015-2018); Vice President, Human Resources and IT (2014); and Vice President, Human Resources (2010- 2013). Mr. Banning also served as Executive Director of Human Resources for Westar Energy (2008-2010).

Steven Busser

Mr. Steven P. Busser is Vice President - Risk Management and Controller of the Company. Mr. Busser was appointed Vice President - Risk Management and Controller of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO in 2016. He previously served as Vice President - Business Planning and Controller of Great Plains Energy, KCP&L and GMO (2014-2016). He served as Vice President - Treasurer of El Paso Electric Company (2011-2014). Prior to that, he served as Vice President - Treasurer and Chief Risk Officer (2006-2011) and Vice President - Regulatory Affairs and Treasurer (2004-2006) of El Paso Electric Company.

Kirkland Andrews

Mr. Kirkland B. Andrews serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Andrews serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) (since 2011). Mr. Andrews was a director of NRG Yield, Inc. (2012-2018) (when NRG Yield, Inc. became Clearway Energy, Inc.), and also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of NRG Yield, Inc. (2012-2016). Mr. Andrews has also served as Chief Financial Officer of GenOn Energy, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of NRG, which filed a voluntary petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code in June 2017. Prior to joining NRG, he served as Managing Director and Co-Head Investment Banking, Power and Utilities — Americas at Deutsche Bank Securities (2009-2011). Prior to this, he served in several capacities at Citigroup Global Markets Inc., including Managing Director, Group Head, North American Power (2007-2009), and Head of Power M&A, Mergers and Acquisitions (2005-2007). Mr. Andrews also serves on the board of directors for RPM International Inc. (NYSE: RPM), a high-performance coating, sealants and specialty chemicals company, where he serves on the Audit Committee and co-chairs its Operating Improvement Committee. Mr. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Wake Forest University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Mr. Andrews was initially appointed as a Director on March 3, 2020 pursuant to an Agreement, dated February 28, 2020, with affiliates of Elliott related to, among other things, appointment of additional Directors to our Board. Mr. Andrew's qualifications to serve as our director include his extensive experience with electric utilities, large and innovative strategic and capital markets transactions, financial and accounting matters, regulatory issues and power generation. Mr. Andrews is, among other things, “experienced” in the following core competencies: Strategy Development; Accounting, Finance and Investment M

Mollie Carter

Ms. Mollie Hale Carter serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Carter is Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer and President of FirstSun Capital Bancorp (formerly Sunflower Financial) (since 1996) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sunflower Bank (since 2005), a regional community bank now headquartered in Denver, Colorado. She also serves as President of Star A, Inc., a privately-held business with Kansas agricultural and other investment interests (since 1996). She previously served as Senior Investment Officer at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company (1986-1996). She also previously served on the Board of Directors of Archer-Daniels-Midland Company, a global food processing and commodities trading corporation located in Chicago, Illinois (1996-2017). She is on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Health Foundation and a recent past director of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Ms. Carter is a graduate of Dartmouth College, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. She obtained her Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Carter’s qualifications to serve as our director include her substantial leadership experience as a chief executive officer, her financial expertise and her significant experience serving as a director of a large public company. Ms. Carter also has extensive experience with corporate governance and with complicated regulatory and compliance environments. Ms. Carter is, among other things, “experienced” in the following core competencies: Strategy Development; Alignment of Company Culture and Compensation and Leadership Development; and Accounting, Finance and Investment Management.

Richard Hawley

Mr. Richard L. Hawley is Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Hawley served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Nicor Inc. and Nicor Gas, a northern Illinois natural gas company (2003-2011). He was Chief Financial Officer of Puget Energy, Inc., a regulated electric and natural gas distribution utility located in Bellevue, Washington (1998-2002) and was a partner with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers), an international accounting and consulting firm (1984-1998), after holding several other positions with the firm (1973-1984). He also served on the Board of Directors of Fisher Communications, Inc., a media company located in Seattle, Washington that was publicly-traded until being acquired (2003-2013). Mr. Hawley received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from the University of Washington. Mr. Hawley’s qualifications to serve as our director include his deep knowledge of accounting and financial matters from his work as a chief financial officer and audit partner, his years of experience within the electric and gas utility industries and his experience as a director of a public company. Mr. Hawley is, among other things, “experienced” in the following core competencies: Strategy Development; Federal and State Regulation and Compliance; Alignment of Company Culture and Compensation and Leadership Development; Accounting, Finance and Investment Management; Risk Management; and Operational Oversight.

Thomas Hyde

Mr. Thomas D. Hyde serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Hyde served as Executive Vice President, Legal, Compliance, Ethics and Corporate Secretary of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (“Wal-Mart”), an international retail store operator (2005-2010). Mr. Hyde previously served as Executive Vice President, Legal and Corporate Affairs and Corporate Secretary of Wal-Mart (2003-2005), and as Executive Vice President, Senior General Counsel of Wal-Mart (2001-2003). Mr. Hyde also previously served on the Board of Directors and as chair of the audit committee of Vail Resorts, Inc., a mountain resort company located in Broomfield, Colorado (2006-2012). Mr. Hyde received his Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Kansas, his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and holds a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Kansas. Mr. Hyde’s qualifications to serve as our director include his experience in legal and leadership roles for the largest publicly-traded retailer in the world, and he provides deep insight and understanding on corporate governance matters. He also has experience as a director of a public company. Mr. Hyde is, among other things, “experienced” in the following core competencies: Strategy Development; Federal and State Regulation and Compliance; Alignment of Company Culture & Compensation and Leadership Development; Accounting, Finance and Investment Management; Risk Management; and Community and Public Relations..

B. Anthony Isaac

Mr. B. Anthony Isaac serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Isaac was Senior Vice President and Head of Select Service Strategy and Development at Hyatt Hotels Corporation, a global hotel management, franchising, ownership and development company based in Chicago, Illinois with properties worldwide (2011-2015). He served as President of LodgeWorks, a Wichita, Kansas-based hotel management and development company (2000-2011). Before helping found LodgeWorks, Mr. Isaac served as President of the All-Suites Division of Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, an international hotel and resort chain based in Parsippany, New Jersey. He held the position of President of Summerfield Hotel Corp. prior to Summerfield’s merger with Patriot American Hospitality/Wyndham International. He sits on the Board of Directors of CorePoint Lodging (NYSE: CPLG), a real estate investment trust focused on the hotel industry that is located in Irving, Texas (since 2018), where he serves as chair of the nominating and corporate governance committee and a member of the capital committee. Mr. Isaac holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Mr. Isaac’s qualifications to serve as our director include his extensive leadership experience both as the chief executive officer of a privately-held company and as an executive with other large companies in the hotel industry, and his substantial experience with strategic planning and financial matters. He also has experience as a director of a public company and with corporate governance matters. Mr. Isaac is, among other things, “experienced” in the following core competencies: Alignment of Company Culture and Compensation and Leadership Development; Accounting, Finance and Investment Management; and Customer Experience.

Paul Keglevic

Mr. Paul M. Keglevic CPA serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Keglevic has over 40 years of experience with public companies across several industry sectors, including utilities, telecom, transportation and real estate. Mr. Keglevic served as Chief Executive Officer (2016-2018) and Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer (2008-2016) of Energy Future Holdings, the majority owner of a regulated transmission and distribution business. Prior to that, Mr. Keglevic served as an audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) (2002-2008), where he was the U.S. utility sector leader for six years. Prior to PwC, Mr. Keglevic led the utilities practice for Arthur Andersen, where he was a partner for 15 years. Mr. Keglevic serves on the Board of Directors of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ASNA) (since 2019), a national specialty retailer located in Mahwah, New Jersey. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Frontier Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: FTR) (since 2019), a national telecommunications company located in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he serves on the finance committee and audit committee. He further serves on the Board of Directors of Bonanza Creek Energy, Inc. (NYSE: BCEI), an oil and gas company located in Denver, Colorado, where he serves as chair of the audit committee and also serves on the nominating and corporate governance committee. Mr. Keglevic also serves on the Board of Directors of Stellus Capital Management (NYSE: SCM) (since 2014), where he serves as chair of the audit committee and also serves on the nominating and corporate governance committee. He previously served on the Boards of Directors of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., PetSmart, Inc., Cobalt International Energy, Inc., Philadelphia Energy Services and Energy Future Holdings and several of its subsidiaries. Mr. Keglevic has served as a member of the board of directors of the Dallas and State of California Chambers of Commerce and several other charitable and advisory board

Sandra Lawrence

Ms. Sandra A.J. Lawrence serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Lawrence was the Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer (2016-2019) and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (2005-2016) of Children’s Mercy Hospital, a comprehensive pediatric medical center in Kansas City, Missouri. Previously, she was the Chief Financial Officer (2005) and Senior Vice President and Treasurer (2004-2005) of Midwest Research Institute, an independent, non-profit, contract research organization located in Kansas City, Missouri. Prior to that Ms. Lawrence spent twenty-six years in professional or management positions in the architecture, real estate, financial services, packaging and medical research industries. She is on the Board of Directors of American Shared Hospital Services (NYSE American: AMS), a provider of radiosurgical and radiation therapy equipment based in San Francisco, California, where she serves as chair of the audit committee and as a member of the nominating and corporate governance committee. She is also chair of the Board of Directors of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and serves on the boards of directors of various charitable, non-profit and civic organizations, including the Hall Family Foundation, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Women Corporate Directors. Ms. Lawrence serves as a trustee of the Ivy and Waddell and Reed Mutual Funds Complex Trust. Ms. Lawrence is a graduate of Vassar College, receiving her Bachelor of Arts in psychology. She also received a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master in Business Administration from Harvard Business School. Ms. Lawrence’s qualifications to serve as our director include her substantial financial expertise, her extensive service as a director in a diverse range of organizations, her experience as a public company director and her knowledge of corporate governance.

Ann Murtlow

Ms. Ann D. Murtlow serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Murtlow is a member of the Board of Directors, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Central Indiana, a non-profit community impact organization (since 2013). Previously, she spent twenty-four years with AES Corporation, a holding company for electric utilities located in Arlington, Virginia, and served for over twelve years in various senior leadership and officer roles including as Vice President and Group Manager of AES and President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Indianapolis Power & Light Company, an integrated electric utility, and its parent company, IPALCO Enterprises, both located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Ms. Murtlow currently serves on the Board of Directors of Wabash National Corporation (NYSE: WNC), a diversified industrial manufacturing company in Lafayette, Indiana (since 2013), where she chairs the nominating and corporate governance committee and serves on the compensation committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors of First Internet Bancorp and its subsidiary, First Internet Bank, a financial institution in Fishers, Indiana (2013-2020), and on the Boards of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Herff Jones, a manufacturer of educational recognition and achievement products and motivational materials located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and AEGIS Insurance Services, Inc., a mutual insurance company in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Ms. Murtlow received her Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Lehigh University. Ms. Murtlow’s qualifications to serve as our director include her extensive and varied senior management leadership experience and accomplishments and deep insight and knowledge about the operations and challenges of a vertically integrated, regulated electric utility with nuclear generation. Ms. Murtlow has also been named a Board Leadership Fellow by the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Sandra Price

Ms. Sandra J. Price serves as Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Price is the former Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Sprint Corporation, a global telecommunications company located in Kansas City, Missouri (2006-2016). Previously, she served as Senior Vice President Designee for the Human Resources, Communications and Brand Management functions of the Sprint Local Telephone Division and a variety of other human resource roles (1993-2006). Prior to Sprint, she was a principal in the Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, Kansas, and in the Jenks Public School District, Tulsa, Oklahoma. She served as co-chair of KC Rising (2017-2018), a non-profit organization focused on economic development in the Kansas City metropolitan area. Ms. Price is a member of the Boards of Directors of the Heartland Chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors and of the Kansas City Metropolitan Community College Foundation. Ms. Price received her Bachelor of Arts in special education from Oral Roberts University and a Master of Arts in education and administration from the University of Tulsa. Ms. Price’s qualifications to serve as our director include her diverse senior management and leadership experience, her deep understanding of human resources and talent development and her knowledge of our Kansas City service territory. Ms. Price was named to the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” list and to the Profiles in Diversity Journal’s “Women Worth Watching.” Ms. Price is, among other things, “experienced” in the following core competencies: Strategy Development; Alignment of Company Culture and Compensation and Leadership Development; Operational Oversight; and Customer Experience.

Swen Soderstrom

Mr. Swen Carl Soderstrom Jr. serves as Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Soderstrom is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ArvinMeritor, an automotive and commercial vehicle components manufacturer based in Troy, Michigan (2001-2004). Previously, he served as Senior Vice President, Engineering, Quality and Procurement for the company (1997-2001). Mr. Soderstrom held executive/management positions at Rockwell International (1986-1998), General Electric Company (1980-1986) and Emerson Electric (1977-1980). He is a member of the Board of Directors of Lydall Inc. (NYSE: LDL), a technology and manufacturing company headquartered in Manchester, Connecticut (since 2003), where he serves as chair of the governance committee and a member of the audit review committee. Mr. Soderstrom was previously a member of the Board of Directors of FreightCar America Inc., a railcar manufacturing company located in Chicago, Illinois (2005-2018). Mr. Soderstrom graduated from Duke University and holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering with majors in mechanical engineering and economics. He received his Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

John Stall

Mr. John Arthur Stall serves as Independent Director of the Company. He is an independent member of the board of directors of Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which operates Evergy’s Wolf Creek nuclear generating station (since 2011). Mr. Stall retired from NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) in 2010, where he served in numerous nuclear leadership roles. He served as President of NextEra’s nuclear division (2009-2010), as Senior Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer of NextEra (2001-2009), as Vice President, Nuclear Engineering of NextEra (2000-2001) and Vice President of NextEra’s St. Lucie nuclear generating station (1996-2000). He also served in leadership roles at Dominion Energy, Inc.’s (NYSE: D) North Anna nuclear generating station (1977-1996). Mr. Stall provides consulting services related to the nuclear industry, including serving as an arbitrator in complicated nuclear disputes, providing expert witness testimony to regulatory bodies and serving as the chair of an independent nuclear safety advisory committee for a publicly-traded electric utility that operates multiple nuclear generating units. He is also a member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations National Academy of Nuclear Training Accrediting Board (since 2008). Mr. Stall graduated from the University of Florida and holds a Bachelor of Science in nuclear engineering. He received his Master of Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lori Wright

Ms. Lori Wright serves as Vice President, Corporate Planning, Investor Relations and Treasurer of the Company.