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William P. Carmichael

Mr. Carmichael has served as a director of the Company since July 2003. Mr. Carmichael currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Columbia Funds Series Trust, B of A Funds Series Trust, Columbia Funds Master Investment Trust, and Columbia Funds Variable Insurance Trust I. From 1998 to 2001 Mr. Carmichael was Senior Managing Director of The Succession Fund, which he co-founded in 1998. Prior to The Succession Fund, Mr. Carmichael served for 26 years in various financial positions with global consumer product companies, including Senior Vice President of Sara Lee Corporation from 1991 to 1993, Senior Vice President of Beatrice Foods from 1984 to 1990, Chief Financial Officer of Beatrice Foods from 1987 to 1990, and from 1973 to 1984 as Vice President of Esmark, Inc. Mr. Carmichael has served as a director of Cobra Electronics Corporation since 1994, and during the past five years he also has served as a director of Spectrum Brands (formerly Rayovac Corporation; from August 2002 to August 2009), Simmons Company (from May 2004 to January 2010) and McMoRan Exploration (from June 2010). He has extensive experience in corporate finance, accounting, and financial management. This experience enables Mr. Carmichael to provide valuable guidance to the Board with respect to analyzing its operating results, financial condition, and strategic plans.
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