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Management

Mr. Philip J. Sanders
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Philip J. Sanders has been Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company since August 2016 and Chief Investment Officer of the Company since February 2011. He has served as President of WRIMCO and Ivy Investment Management Company (“IICO”) since August 2016 and as Chief Investment Officer of WRIMCO and IICO since August 2010. Prior thereto, he served as Senior Vice President of WRIMCO from July 2000 to August 2016, Senior Vice President of IICO from April 2003 to August 2016 and Vice President of WRIMCO from January 1999 to July 2000. He is also President of the InvestEd Portfolios, Ivy Funds, Ivy High Income Opportunities Fund, Ivy NextShares and Ivy Variable Insurance Portfolios, all of which are mutual funds managed by the Company. Mr. Sanders joined the Company as a mutual fund portfolio manager in August 1998.
Mr. Brent K. Bloss
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Brent Bloss leads multiple divisions, including the Financial Advisors, Information Technology, Procurement and Facilities, Human Resources, Investment Management Technology and Support, and Marketing.

Mr. Bloss was appointed Executive Vice President and COO of WDR in 2018. He was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the company in 2014. He served as CFO through February 2018.

Mr. Bloss joined the company as Assistant Vice President and Assistant Treasurer of WDR in 2002. He was appointed Vice President of WDR in 2004 and named Treasurer in 2006. He was appointed Senior Vice President-Finance and Principal Accounting Officer of WDR in 2007.

Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Bloss was affiliated with the international accounting firm KPMG LLP, where he held the position of Senior Audit Manager, specializing in both financial service and transportation companies.

Mr. Bloss received his BS in Accounting from Missouri State University. He earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Mr. Bloss is a Certified Public Accountant. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants. He holds a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 27 Financial and Operations Principal license.
Mr. Mark P. Buyle
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Mark Buyle is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., a national asset management and distribution company headquartered in Overland Park, KS. He serves as a member of the firm’s Executive Leadership team and leads the Legal, Investment Management Compliance, Broker-Dealer Compliance and Internal Audit departments

Mr. Buyle joined Waddell & Reed in 1995 as senior attorney and, over the years, has provided legal guidance to nearly every area of the company. During his time at the firm, Mr. Buyle’s range of work has included involvement or oversight of legal work within multiple areas, including compliance, regulatory, corporate and litigation. He most recently served as Interim General Counsel, a role he assumed in April 2018. Prior to that, he was Deputy General Counsel.

Before joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Buyle was a corporate attorney with the Kansas City law firm Polsinelli. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kansas School of Law.

Mr. Benjamin R. Clouse
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ben Clouse is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (WDR), a national asset management and distribution company headquartered in Overland Park, Kan. He has served in this role since March 2018. He had been Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of WDR since February 2017.

Mr. Clouse joined WDR in October 2015 as Vice President, Finance. He was additionally appointed as the Principal Accounting Officer of the company in March 2016.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Clouse served as Chief Financial Officer of Executive AirShare Corporation from 2012 to 2015. From 2006 to 2012 and from 2002 to 2005, he served in various roles with H&R Block, Inc., including Assistant Vice President - Audit Services and Assistant Vice President and Controller - Tax Services. From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Clouse served as Vice President - Finance and Corporate Controller of Gold Bank Corporation, Inc. Prior to 2002, he served in various roles in the audit practice of Deloitte, specializing in the financial services industry.

Mr. Clouse received his BS in Business Administration and earned a Master of Accountancy, both from Kansas State University. He holds a CPA designation and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. In addition, he holds a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Series 27 Financial and Operations Principal license.
Mr. John E. Sundeen, CFA
Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer-Investments
John E. Sundeen is Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company and Ivy Investment Management Company. Mr. Sundeen also serves as Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer-Investments of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc., a national asset management company headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas.

Mr. Sundeen joined Waddell & Reed in 1983 and after serving as an analyst in the fixed income department he became a portfolio manager of institutional separate accounts and mutual funds. From 1991 to 1997, he managed the Waddell & Reed Advisors Government Securities Fund. From 1995 to 1999 Mr. Sundeen served as Head of Fixed Income, where he was responsible for the administration of all fixed income portfolios. To support the demands of being a public company, he left the investment management division in 1999 and was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc.

To manage for Waddell & Reed’s growth, the firm re-optimized the senior executive management team in 2004; at that time Mr. Sundeen was appointed to his current position as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer overseeing administrative and operational aspects of investment management.

Mr. Sundeen graduated from the University of Kansas in 1983 with a BS in Business Administration and Accounting. In 1986 he earned an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Mr. Sundeen is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a member of the CFA Institute. He is a member and past president of the Kansas City CFA Society.

Board of Directors

Mr. Thomas C. Godlasky
Non-Executive Chairman of the Board and Former CEO of Aviva North America
Mr. Godlasky has been a director of the Company since July 2010 and Chairman of the Board since April 2018. Mr. Godlasky served as Chief Executive Officer of Aviva North America, Aviva plc’s life insurance and annuity business in the U.S. and its property and casualty business in Canada, from July 2007 to March 2010. Mr. Godlasky also served in the dual position as Chief Executive Officer and President of Aviva USA from November 2006 to November 2009. Prior thereto, Mr. Godlasky served as Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President of AmerUs Group, Des Moines, Iowa, a life insurance and annuity business, which was acquired by Aviva plc in 2006, from November 2005 to November 2006 and as President and Chief Operating Officer from November 2003 to November 2006. He also served as a director of AmerUs Group from November 2003 until November 2006, whereupon he joined the Aviva USA Board of Directors until March 2010. Mr. Godlasky earned the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1992.
Ms. Sharilyn S. Gasaway
Former Executive Vice President and CFO of Alltel Corporation
Ms. Gasaway has been a director of the Company since July 2010. She has served as a director of Genesis Energy, L.P., a Houston, Texas diversified midstream energy master limited partnership, since March 2010 and of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., a transportation logistics company in Lowell, Arkansas, since February 2009. From February 2006 to January 2009, she served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alltel Corporation (“Alltel”), a U.S. wireless telecommunications network operator, acquired by Verizon Wireless in 2009. She served as Corporate Controller of Alltel from May 2002 to February 2006 and as Controller of Alltel Communications, Inc., a subsidiary of Alltel, from April 1999 to May 2002. Prior thereto, she served as Audit Manager of the former independent registered public accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP from 1992 to April 1999.
Mr. Alan W. Kosloff
Chairman, Kosloff & Partners, LLC
Alan W. Kosloff has been a Director of the Company since January 2003 and was Lead Independent Director from January 2010 to April 2018. Prior thereto, he served as Chairman of the Board from May 2005 through December 2009. He has served as Chairman of Kosloff & Partners, LLC, Edwards, Colorado, a consulting and investment firm since April 1996. Previously, he served as Chairman of Jones & Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas, an imprinted and licensed sportswear company from October 1997 to March 2005 and as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of American Marketing Industries, Inc., Kansas City, Missouri, an apparel manufacturing, distribution and marketing firm from 1976 to 1995.
Mr. Dennis E. Logue
Chairman, Ledyard National Bank
Dennis E. Logue has been a Director of the Company since January 2002. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., a bank holding company located in Hanover, New Hampshire, since August 2005. Additionally, Mr. Logue has served as an Emeritus Professor of Management at the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College since August 2005. He served as Dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma from July 2001 to September 2005. Prior thereto, Mr. Logue held numerous business oriented professorships, including at the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College from July 1974 to June 2001. He has also worked as a consultant and expert witness on various financial matters since 1974. Mr. Logue has served as a director of Abraxas Petroleum Corporation, San Antonio, Texas, a natural gas and crude oil exploration, development and production company since April 2003 and of ALCO Stores, Inc., Dallas, Texas, a general merchandise retailer from May 2005 through September 2014.
Mr. Michael F. Morrissey
Retired Partner, Ernst & Young, LLP
Mr. Morrissey has been a director of the Company since July 2010. He has been a director of Ferrellgas Partners, L.P., a propane gas marketing and distribution company in Liberty, Missouri since 1999. He was a director of Westar Energy, Inc., an electric service company based in Topeka, Kansas from 2003 through May 2015. Mr. Morrissey retired in September 1999 after serving 24 years, including 17 years as a partner, with Ernst & Young LLP, an auditing and financial services firm. Prior thereto, Mr. Morrissey worked for five years for another major accounting firm and six years for a motor truck manufacturer. Mr. Morrissey has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1972. Mr. Morrissey also served as a director of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City, a Kansas City, Missouri health insurance company, from 2006 through April 2017; of J.E. Dunn Construction Group, Inc., a private construction business located in Kansas City, Missouri, from 2000 through January 2017; of Balance Innovations, Inc., an office management technology company located in Lenexa, Kansas, since 2008; and a special advisor to the audit committee of the Dairy Farmers of America, a farmer owned milk marketing cooperative located in Kansas City, Missouri from 2000 through August 2014. Mr. Morrissey also serves as a director or trustee for numerous non profit, civic, and charitable organizations.
Mr. James M. Raines
President of James M. Raines and Company
James M. Raines has been a Director of the Company since July 1998. He has served as President of James M. Raines and Company, San Antonio, Texas, an investment banking firm since September 1988 and served as a director of Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, Inc., a San Antonio, Texas outdoor advertising company from November 2005 to May 2010.
Mr. Philip J. Sanders
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer
Philip J. Sanders has been Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company since August 2016 and Chief Investment Officer of the Company since February 2011. He has served as President of WRIMCO and Ivy Investment Management Company (“IICO”) since August 2016 and as Chief Investment Officer of WRIMCO and IICO since August 2010. Prior thereto, he served as Senior Vice President of WRIMCO from July 2000 to August 2016, Senior Vice President of IICO from April 2003 to August 2016 and Vice President of WRIMCO from January 1999 to July 2000. He is also President of the InvestEd Portfolios, Ivy Funds, Ivy High Income Opportunities Fund, Ivy NextShares and Ivy Variable Insurance Portfolios, all of which are mutual funds managed by the Company. Mr. Sanders joined the Company as a mutual fund portfolio manager in August 1998.
Mr. Jerry W. Walton
Consultant and former Chief Financial Officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc.
Jerry W. Walton has been a Director of the Company since April 2000. Mr. Walton served as a business consultant to Hunt Ventures, a group of private companies located in Rogers, Arkansas, from April 2010 to February 2016. He served as Executive Vice President of Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer of J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc., a transportation provider in Lowell, Arkansas, from October 1991 until September 2009. Prior thereto, Mr. Walton served as a managing partner and a tax partner with KPMG, with whom he had been employed since 1968.
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