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Patrick R. Gaston

Independent Chairman

Patrick R. Gaston, 61, is Chief Executive Officer of Gaston Consulting, which focuses on building public/private partnerships that addresses issues related to corporate responsibility, sustainability, diversity and social and economic change for businesses, the public sector and civil society. He also served as an adjunct professor of business management at the Community College of Denver in from 2017 through 2018, Prior to that, he was President of the Western Union Foundation (2013 - 2016) and initiated a workforce education program focused on youth and women throughout the world. From January to December 2012, he was the Chief Executive Officer of Gastal Networks, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in corporate social responsibility initiatives. From January to December 2011, he served a one-year term as Executive in Residence and Senior Advisor with the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund to support the rebuilding efforts in Haiti. Until January 2011, Mr. Gaston was President of the Verizon Foundation since 2003. Mr Gaston pioneered the creation of a corporate social responsibility program and created a consumer advisory board focused on external stakeholder engagement on governance, public policy and community investment matters. Prior to assuming that position, Mr. Gaston held a variety of management positions at Verizon Communications Inc. and its predecessors since 1984, including positions in operations, marketing, human resources, strategic planning and government relations. He has been a director of the Company since 2007. Among other things, Mr. Gaston brings to the Board experience with respect to very large and complex public companies as well as extensive strategic planning and stakeholder engagement experience. He has worked with local, national and international organizations through his non-profit work. He currently volunteers as a member on five non-profit boards focusing on education, reforestation and youth development.