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Westell Technologies Inc (WSTL.OQ)

WSTL.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Capital Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Dennis Harris

72 2016 Interim Chairman of the Board

Matthew Brady

49 2017 President, Chief Executive Officer

Thomas Minichiello

2017 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer, Treasurer, Secretary

J.J. Swartwood

2016 Senior Vice President - Worldwide Sales

Richard Good

52 2016 Vice President - Business Development

Jeannie Diefenderfer

56 Director

Cary Wood

50 2017 Director

Mark Zorko

64 2017 Director

Robert Foskett

39 2009 Independent Director

Eileen Kamerick

59 2003 Independent Director

Robert Penny

63 1998 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Dennis Harris

Mr. Dennis O. Harris is an Interim Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Harris has served as a Director of the Company since January 2010. Mr. Harris completed a nearly 38-year telecommunications career in 2002 as the President of Network Services at SBC Midwest, now a part of AT&T, which provides voice, video, data and broadband delivery services. Mr. Harris possesses a great depth of knowledge of the telecommunications industry and its participants, as well as extensive experience in the areas of operations, sales, customer service, and human resources. He remains active in the industry and continues in advisory roles to a number of companies. Mr. Harris currently serves on the boards of London Medical Management and The R.J. Carroll Company. Mr. Harris has been active in community service and has served on the board of the North Texas Minority Business Development Council and the American Red Cross of Dallas. Mr. Harris’ knowledge of operations, sales, customer service and human resources developed during his career in the telecommunications industry, and his other board experience qualify him to serve on the Board of Directors and as a member of the Compensation Committee.

Matthew Brady

Mr. Matthew B. Brady has been appointed as President, Chief Executive Officer of the company. he most recently served as Senior Vice President of the Safety and Security Systems Group (SSG) of Federal Signal Corporation (NYSE: FSS). Mr. Brady joined Federal Signal in 2006 as Vice President of Global Sales for SSG, and was promoted in 2012 to Senior Vice President. Mr. Brady holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Olivet Nazarene University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northern Illinois University.

Thomas Minichiello

Mr. Thomas P. Minichiello serves as Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President, Principal Accounting Officer, Treasurer, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Minichiello has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since July 2013 and as Treasurer and Secretary since September 2013. Mr. Minichiello served as acting Chief Financial Officer of Tellabs, Inc., a provider of telecommunications networking products and services from May 2013 to July 2013. He also served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Accounting Officer for Tellabs since 2007, and interim Chief Financial Officer from December 2011 through April 2012. From 2004 to 2007, Mr. Minichiello served as Tellabs’ Vice President, Financial Operations. Previously thereto, he was Tellabs’ Vice President of Finance for Global Sales and Service, Vice President of Finance for North America, and Director of Finance for global product divisions and North American sales and marketing functions. Mr. Minichiello is a Certified Public Accountant.

J.J. Swartwood

Mr. J.J. Swartwood has been appointed as Senior Vice President - Worldwide Sales of the Company. J.J. joined Westell in 2005 and brings nearly 20 years of experience in the wireless industry to his new position. Prior to joining Westell, Swartwood served in a number sales roles at HyperEdge, including vice president of sales. Swartwood earned a B.A. in Telecom Management from DeVry University and a B.A. in Economics and Management; Sociology from Beloit College.

Richard Good

Mr. Richard E. Good is a Vice President - Business Development of the Company. Mr. Good joined Westell in January 2014 as a Product Manager. In June 2015, he was promoted to Director, Product Management for all IBW product lines and was promoted to Senior Vice President of In-Building Wireless (IBW) in January 2016. Before joining the Company, Mr. Good was an Account Manager with CommScope (NASDAS: COMM), a company that helps other companies design, build and manage wired and wireless networks, from February 2012 to January 2014 and held positions in Account Management for TE Connectivity (formerly ACD Telecommunications) (NYSE: TEL) from April 2006 to February 2012. Mr. Good holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, and a Master in Business Administration from Southern New Hampshire University.

Jeannie Diefenderfer

Ms. Jeannie H. Diefenderfer is a Director of the Company. Ms. Diefenderfer has served as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of courageNpurpose, LLC, since February, 2014. Ms. Diefenderfer advises boards and Chief Executive Officers in strategic initiatives to drive operational and business efficacy. Before retiring in 2012, she spent over 28 years at Verizon Communications including over 10 years in executive leadership positions, leading global enterprise customer care, network engineering and other large-team organizations. Ms. Diefenderfer is an independent director on the board of MRV Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRVC), a member of the Accenture Network Advisory Council, and a member of the Vasona Networks Advisory Board. She is a Trustee of Tufts University and has served on the board of the Ms. Foundation for Woman for 8 years. From 2001 to 2008, she was a member of the board of Independent Trustees at Citizens Funds, an SRI mutual fund complex, based in Portsmouth, NH. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University, and an MBA from Babson College. Ms. Diefenderfer brings to the Board of Directors over 28 years of technical and operational experience in the telecommunications industry. Ms. Diefenderfer’s executive experience and her knowledge of the telecommunications

Cary Wood

Mr. Cary B. Wood serves as Director of the Company. Director of the Company. Mr. Wood served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Sparton Corporation, a global manufacturer of complex and regulated electronic services as well as engineering products in the medical, avionics, industrial, and defense sectors. During Mr. Wood's tenure, Sparton's market capitalization doubled for four straight years, bringing shareholders a nearly 2000% return from 2009 to 2013. He also served as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, and Group Vice President for Citation Corporation, a privately held $1 billion manufacturer of innovative metal components for the automotive, industrial, and commercial marketplaces. Mr. Wood began his career at the Delphi auto-parts unit of General Motors Corporation and later served as General Manager and Plant Manager with United Technologies Automotive. He is on the board of Broadwind Energy, an energy industry industrial components firm, and Vishay Precision Group, a precision sensors firm. Mr. Wood received a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University School of Business, a Master of Science in Industrial Operations from Lawrence Technological University School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Technology from Purdue University School of Technology.

Mark Zorko

Mr. Mark A. Zorko, CPA serves as Director of the Company. Mr. Zorko serves as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. Mr. Zorko is a principal with executive management and business support services firm Brentwood Advisory, LLC. Mr. Zorko chairs the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and serves on both the Audit and Compensation Committees of MFRI (NASDAQ: MFRI), a $100-million firm in the piping solutions industry. He was the interim CFO at radiation science and services firm Landauer Inc. (NYSE: LDR) from June 2014 until April 2015. Mr. Zorko served as the CFO of Steel Excel, Inc. (NASDAQ: SXCL), a public energy industry firm, from August 2011 until May 2013. He also served as the President and CEO of SXCL's subsidiary Wells Services Ltd. (WSL), a $30-million Steel Excel business, in 2012 and CFO of DGT Holdings (DGTC), a medical imaging firm, from 2006 through 2012. SXCL, WSL and DGTC are all affiliated with Steel Partners Holding, L.P., a publicly traded diversified global holding company. Mr. Zorko is on the Audit Committee for Opportunity Int'l, a microfinance bank, and was on the Finance Committee for the Alexian Brothers Health System. He received a Master of Business Administration in IT from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from The Ohio State University. After completing his MBA, Mr. Zorko began his career as a CPA at Arthur Andersen, and worked his way up via the controllership ranks at Honeywell and Zenith Data Systems in the United States and Europe. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

Robert Foskett

Mr. Robert W. Foskett is the an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Foskett has served as a Director of the Company since September 2009. Mr. Foskett is the Managing Partner and Investment Committee Member of Table Mountain Capital LLC, a private investment company, a position he has served since 2006. Prior to joining Table Mountain Capital LLC, he served from 2002 to 2006 as a Research Director at L.H. Investments, a private investment company. Mr. Foskett holds an MBA from the University of Denver, Daniels College of Business. Mr. Foskett’s investment experience and education qualify him to serve on Board of Directors and as a member of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.

Eileen Kamerick

Ms. Eileen A. Kamerick is an Independent Director of Westell Technologies Inc., since December 2003. Since April 2015, Ms. Kamerick has served as Senior Vice President Resources and Chief Financial Officer of ConnectWise, a developer of business management software designed for technology companies. Ms. Kamerick also lectures at law schools and consults on corporate governance matters. From October 2012 to June 2014, Ms. Kamerick served as Chief Financial Officer of Press Ganey Associates, Inc., a recognized leader in health care performance improvement. From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Kamerick served as Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer of Houlihan Lokey, an international investment bank and advisory firm. She also served as President of the Houlihan Lokey Foundation, which oversees Houlihan Lokey, Inc.’s charitable activities. From 2008 to 2010, Ms. Kamerick served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Legal Officer of Tecta America Corporation, the largest commercial roofing company in the United States. Prior to joining Tecta America Corporation, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BearingPoint, Inc., a management and technology consulting firm from May 2008 to June 2008. On February 18, 2009, BearingPoint, Inc. filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Ms. Kamerick has also served as Chief Financial Officer at numerous leading companies including Heidrick and Struggles International, Inc.; Leo Burnett; and BP Amoco Americas. Ms. Kamerick earned her bachelor's degree in English literature from Boston College, and both her MBA and law degree from The University of Chicago. She serves on the board of Associated Banc-Corp where she Chairs the Audit Committee. She also serves on the Nominating Committees and as Chairperson of the Audit Committees for the boards of certain closed end funds advised by Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisors, LLC.

Robert Penny

Mr. Robert C. Penny, III is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Penny III has served as a Director of the Company since September 1998. He is the owner of Eastwood Land & Cattle, a private business. Mr. Penny’s years of service as a board member and his knowledge of the Company’s business and technology qualify him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Corporate Governance and Nominating Committee.