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Corporate Governance

Committee Composition

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James M. Damian
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James M. Damian

James M. Damian served as Senior Vice President, Chief Design Officer of Best Buy's Customer Experience Design Group, from 1998 through 2010. Prior to that Mr. Damian has held various executive posts throughout the retail industry including Harvey Nichols, a London- based luxury retailer; B.Altman & Co., a specialty department store; R.H. Macy &Co., as Group Vice-President of Store Design; and as President of Hindsgaul Mannequins Worldwide, Copenhagen, London, Paris and New York. He also served as a Board Member of the Minnesota Orchestra from 2003 to 2013. Mr. Damian currently serves on the Boards of Century Park Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based Private Equity Firm; Moss Inc., an Exhibition Design and manufacturing company based in Chicago; and Co-Founder and member of the Dotopia Foundation Board for Social Responsibility.

While at Best Buy, Mr. Damian was responsible for reinventing the experience of shopping in mass specialty retail. He uses this experience to bring to our company the relentless pursuit of new concepts that go against the grain and challenge the status quo. He also has expertise in concept development and guest experience and how these transfer to an international model that fits in other cultures. Mr. Damian is our Board Chairman and sits on our Compensation Committee, Audit Committee and Executive Committee.

Member of the Audit Committee    
Cindy L. Davis
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Cindy L. Davis

Cynthia L. Davis most recently served as an executive at Nike for 10 years. Most recently, she was Vice President of Nike Inc. and President of Nike Golf from 2008 to December, 2014. She also has been a member of the Board of Directors for Kennametal Inc. since December 2012, where she serves on the Audit and Governance Committees. In her role with Nike she led the over $800 million global golf business, including all product, marketing, sports marketing, sales, operations, finance, legal, and human resources responsibilities. Davis drove innovative profitable growth, and a team of athletes headlined by the two 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, 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). 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 significant global business leadership skills. She has experience in strategic planning, innovation and consumer initiatives, go-to-market growth plans, and expertise in the sports industry. She also brings corporate governance experience to the Board, through her experience with other public companies. Ms. Davis sits on our Audit Committee and Governance Committee.

  Member of the Governance Committee Chair of the Compensation Committee
Andre Fernandez
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Andre Fernandez

Andre Fernandez, age 48, is the president of CBS RADIO. In this role, Mr. Fernandez is responsible for the overall direction and management of the company, which includes 117 over-the-air radio stations in 26 major markets. Prior to joining CBS RADIO in April 2015, Mr. Fernandez served as the president and chief operating officer of Journal Communications, Inc. 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, a Spanish language broadcast television network; chief financial officer and controller of GE Latin America; and chief financial officer of GE Digital Energy. Additionally, Mr. Fernandez has been named to Billboard’s “Power 100 list” which recognizes the most influential executives in the music industry, and in July 2016, he was ranked the second most powerful person in radio on Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” list, up from number five in 2015. Mr. Fernandez currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Board at Froedtert Health and he is on the board of the National Association of Broadcasters. Mr. Fernandez graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a degree in economics.

Member of the Audit Committee Chair of the Governance Committee  
Michael P. Johnson
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Michael P. Johnson

Michael P. Johnson has served as President and CEO of J & A Group, LLC, a business and management consulting company, since June 2008. In March 2008, Mr. Johnson retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Williams Companies, a publicly held energy company, having joined The Williams Companies in 1998. In this role, he was responsible for human resources, information technology, purchasing, real estate/facilities and security, and he served as Chairman of the Board of the Williams Foundation. From 1991 to 1998, Mr. Johnson served in various officer level positions for Amoco Corporation, most recently as Vice President of Human Resources, which included domestic as well as international responsibilities. Mr. Johnson serves on the Board of Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Inc. and the QuikTrip Corporation, a privately held retail gasoline, food and convenience store company. Mr. Johnson also serves on the boards of several charitable organizations and foundations.

Mr. Johnson brings to our Board significant experience in corporate and retail strategy development, human resources and organizational development. He has senior management experience in leading global shared services organizations through all business cycles and large scale organizational improvement, which has made him an important resource to our company. He also has significant public company corporate governance experience. Mr. Johnson chairs our Compensation Committee and sits on our Governance Committee.

  Member of the Governance Committee Member of the Compensation Committee
Hal Lawton
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Hal Lawton

Hal Lawton, age 42, is the senior vice president of North America at eBay, Inc. At eBay, Mr. Lawton’s responsibilities include all functions for the Americas business unit, including merchandising, marketing, operations, business selling, consumer selling, global shipping, global payments and global customer experience. Before joining eBay in 2015, Mr. Lawton held a number of leadership positions at Home Depot, Inc., including senior vice president of merchandising of hardlines and senior vice president and president of the Company’s online business. Mr. Lawton earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Pulp and Paper Science from North Carolina State University before pursuing a Master of Business Administration from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia.

    Member of the Compensation Committee
J. Oliver Maggard
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J. Oliver Maggard

J. Oliver Maggard has served as Managing Partner of Caymus Partners LLC, an investment banking firm, since October 2002, and as a Managing Partner of 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 also serves as a director of Phoenix Aromas & Essential Oils, LLC and of three portfolio companies of Caymus Equity Partners, LLC, all privately held companies.

Mr. Maggard has significant financial experience and brings strong leadership to the Board and the Audit Committee. He understands the intricacies of restaurant level financials as well as how they have an impact on the financials of the overall company. Mr. Maggard chairs our Audit Committee and sits on our Compensation Committee and Executive Committee.

Member of the Audit Committee    
Jerry R. Rose
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Jerry R. Rose

Jerry R. Rose served as Corporate Vice President of Cargill, Inc. from 2004 to September 2012. 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 joined Cargill in 1973 and had various accounting and executive positions with the company. He oversaw international investment activities and acquisitions, as well as the Cargill Global Business Excellance Activity, which focused on developing high-performance businesses.

Mr. Rose brings to the Board financial experience, as well as a wealth of knowledge on international business. He has senior management experience in a large global organization and is an important resource to the company as it expands both domestically and internationally. He brings expertise in food production and processing, food manufacturing, financial markets, transportation and animal nutrition. Mr. Rose is a past Chairman of the Malcolm Baldrige Award Board of Overseers and is a director for Daybreak Foods. Mr. Rose sits on our Audit Committee and Governance Committee.

     
Harmit Singh
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Harmit Singh

Harmit Singh, age 53, is the executive vice president and chief financial officer of Levi Strauss & Co. In this role, he is responsible for managing the company’s finance, information technology, strategic sourcing and global business services functions globally. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co. in January 2013, Mr. Singh served as chief financial officer of Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Before Hyatt Hotels Corporation, Mr. Singh held various global leadership roles at Yum! Brand foods, including chief financial officer of Pizza Hut. Mr. Singh holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University, and is a Chartered Accountant from India. He is also a member of the CNBC Global CFO Council and Wall Street Journal CFO Network.

Chair of the Audit Committee    
Sally J. Smith
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Sally J. Smith

Sally J. Smith has served as our Chief Executive Officer and President since July 1996. 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 accounting and auditing firm. Ms. Smith is a CPA. Ms. Smith serves on the boards of Alerus Financial Corporation, Allina Health Systems and the National Restaurant Association, where she served as chairperson in 2011.

Ms. Smith has led our company through significant growth and success. Her financial background gives her focus on the details of restaurant economics and her involvement in the National Restaurant Association exposes her to the current issues in the restaurant industry. Her election as 2011 chairperson demonstrates that she is respected as an industry leader. Ms. Smith sits on our Executive Committee.

     
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