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WASHINGTON PRIME GROUP

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Louis G. Conforti

Chief Executive Officer and Director

Louis G. Conforti

Louis G. Conforti became a director of the Company on May 27, 2014 and served as our Interim Chief Executive Officer from June 20, 2016 until October 6, 2016 when he became our Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Conforti served as Principal/Executive Director of Colony Capital, Inc. as the Global Head of Strategy as well as focusing on publicly traded investing from April 2014 until June 20, 2016.

Mr. Conforti was Managing Director of Balyasny Asset Management LP (“Balyasny”), an alternative investment manager firm, from December 2013 until April 2014. Prior to his service with Balyasny, Mr. Conforti was Global Head of Real Estate for UBS O’Connor, the alternative investment management division of UBS AG, a financial services firm, from October 2008 to November 2013. During that time, he also served as Senior Portfolio Manager of O’Connor Colony Property Strategies, a partnership with Colony Capital LLC. Mr. Conforti also served as Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Investments at the hedge fund firm of Stark Investments from January 2005 to October 2008. His predecessor real estate hedge fund, The Greenwood Group, was acquired by Stark Investments in January 2005. Mr. Conforti served as Co President and Chief Financial Officer of Prime Group Realty Trust (“Prime”), a publicly traded office and industrial property real estate investment trust, from June 2000 to October 2003; as its Executive Vice President Capital Markets, from June 1988 to November 1999, and as its Senior Vice President Capital Markets, from June 1998 to November 1999. Prior to his service with Prime, Mr. Conforti worked at the investment banking firms of CIBC World Markets and Alex Brown & Sons within their real estate investment banking and capital markets divisions.

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Mark E. Yale

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Mark E. Yale

Mark E. Yale is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Washington Prime Group. In this position, Mr. Yale is responsible for the organization's financial management and reporting. He oversees accounting, finance, investor relations, marketing, and information services. Mr. Yale assumed the role in January 2015 and was previously the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. in January 2015.

Previously, Mr. Yale served as Manager of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Storage USA, a division of General Electric (GE) Real Estate of Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to the acquisition of Storage USA Inc. by GE Real Estate in 2002, Mr. Yale was Senior Vice President for Financial Reporting at Storage USA. His experience at Storage USA encompassed the areas of financial reporting, capital formation, strategic planning and productivity improvement. Mr. Yale also successfully managed the company's financial and accounting functions through the acquisition integration. Prior to joining Storage USA, he was a Senior Manager with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mr. Yale holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Richmond. He is a member of the board of directors for the Wexner Heritage Center and the executive committee of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night Walk.

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Butch M. Knerr

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Butch M. Knerr

Butch M. Knerr is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Washington Prime Group, a role he assumed in September 2014. He oversees leasing, development, construction, property management and marketing.

Mr. Knerr joined Washington Prime Group Inc. from Simon Property Group, Inc., where he served as Executive Vice President of Leasing from March 2009 to September 2014. Prior to that role, he served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility at Simon Property Group and its predecessor from July 1988 through March 2009.

Mr. Knerr holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Indiana University and is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC).

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Paul Ajdaharian

Executive Vice President, Community Lifestyle Centers

Paul Ajdaharian

Paul Ajdaharian is Executive Vice President, Community Lifestyle Centers of Washington Prime Group. Previously, Mr. Ajdaharian served as the Senior Vice President at both Washington Prime Group Inc,. and before that, at Simon Property Group, Inc. since 1998.

Mr. Ajdaharian is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and is a Certified Leasing Specialist (CLS).

Mr. Ajdaharian received his Bachelor's degree at Franklin and Marshall College.

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Robert P. Demchak, Esq.

Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

Robert P. Demchak, Esq.

Robert P. Demchak assumed the role of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in June 2016. Previously, Mr. Demchak served as Executive Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Washington Prime Group Inc. since October 2015. Additionally, Mr. Demchak served as General Counsel and Secretary of Washington Prime Group Inc. from May 2014 until August 2015.

In his current role, Mr. Demchak oversees all of the Company's legal, compliance, and corporate governance matters.

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Gregory E. Zimmerman

Executive Vice President, Development

Gregory E. Zimmerman

Gregory E. Zimmerman is Executive Vice President, Development of Washington Prime Group. Previously, Mr. Zimmerman served as Senior Vice President, Big Box, Theatre & Peripheral Development with Simon Property Group. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Real Estate at Macerich Company and in Development and Legal roles at The Rouse Company.

Mr. Zimmerman holds a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Dickinson College. He is a member of the National Eagle Scout Association and has served on numerous Boards of Directors through Boy Scouts of America and Dickinson College. He currently serves on the Board of Cardinal Properties for the Ball State University Foundation.

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Melissa A. Indest

Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Accounting Officer

Melissa A. Indest

Lisa A. Indest is Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer of Washington Prime Group. Previously, she held the same role at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. in January 2015, and where she also held the role of Vice President, Finance and Accounting. She oversees investor relations, financial reporting, strategic planning, lease accounting, credit, as well as corporate communications.

Prior to joining Glimcher in 2003, Ms. Indest served in various accounting and operational roles with Corporate Express of Cincinnati, Ohio, where she most recently held the title of President, Central Midwest Division. She began her career with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Ms. Indest received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Akron. She serves as Vice Chairperson on the board of directors for Lifeline of Ohio.

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Armand Mastropietro

Senior Vice President, Property Management

Armand Mastropietro

Armand Mastropietro is Senior Vice President, Property Management, of Washington Prime Group. Previously, Mr. Mastropietro held the same role at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. in January 2015. He previously held several positions as General Manager prior to joining Glimcher in 1998, including eight years with General Growth Properties.

Mr. Mastropietro is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and holds the designations of Certified Retail Property Executive (CRX) and Certified Shopping Center Manager (CSM) from ICSC as well as serving on various ICSC governing committees.

Mr. Mastropietro received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Youngstown State University.

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Cheryl M. VanPatten

Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer

Cheryl M. VanPatten

Cheryl M. VanPatten is Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer of Washington Prime Group. Previously, she held the role of Vice President, Information Services at Glimcher Realty Trust, which was acquired by Washington Prime Group Inc. in January 2015.

She is responsible for providing solutions, direction and leadership regarding information technology to corporate and field operations and to other business partners.

Prior to joining Glimcher in 2010, Ms. VanPatten served as Vice President of Support Services at Influent, a privately held company that provides inbound, outbound, and business process outsourcing to a number of Fortune 500 and other leading companies.

While at Influent, she was responsible for all technical aspects of client relationships, including requirements analysis, scripting, leads processing, reporting and file transmissions. Previously, she held a wide range of IT and project management positions with Wendy's International, Inc. in Dublin, Ohio, with responsibility for the development and implementation of a number of strategically significant technology, development and operations projects.

Ms. VanPatten holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University.

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Pagle M. Helterbrand

Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Pagle M. Helterbrand

Pagle M. Helterbrand is Senior Vice President, Human Resources of Washington Prime Group. Previously she held the same role at Community Choice Financial. She is responsible for bringing stakeholder value through strategy, direction and leadership of the organization's human capital initiatives.

Ms. Helterbrand received a Bachelor of Science in Global Business Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and holds the designations of SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP); HRCI's Senior Professional in Human Resources and California Certifications (SPHR-CA).

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