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Directors

Robert J. Laikin
Chairman of the Board
Robert J. Laikin
Chairman of the Board


Robert J. Laikin serves as our Chairman of the Board. Mr. Laikin became a director and was appointed as our Lead Independent Director on May 27, 2014. Mr. Laikin held the Lead Independent Director role until the position was eliminated by our Board of Directors on June 20, 2016, and he at that time became the Chairman of the Board. Mr. Laikin founded BrightPoint, Inc., a wireless device distribution and logistics company (then known as Wholesale Cellular USA, Inc.), in 1989. He served as the... 
John J. Dillon III
Director
John J. Dillon III
Director


John J. Dillon III became a director on June 20, 2016. Mr. Dillon has been with City Financial Corporation since March 17, 2008. Dillon served as the Executive Vice President of the insurance division and a member of the executive committee of City Financial Corporation until the agency was restructured in January of 2010 and it became City Securities Insurance, LLC. Mr. Dillon became the President of the agency and serves on its board of directors presently. Dillon also stayed on the executiv... 
J. Taggart Birge
Director
J. Taggart Birge
Director


J. Taggart Birge became a director on the Washington Prime Group Inc. Board of Directors on May 18, 2017. Mr. Birge has twenty years of healthcare real estate development, leasing and sales experience. Mr. Birge currently serves as President and Principal of Cornerstone Companies, Inc. (“Cornerstone”), a healthcare real estate development, leasing, property management, consulting, and investment company, and has held this position since 2008.

Prior to serving in this role with... 

Louis G. Conforti
Director and Chief Executive Officer
Louis G. Conforti
Director and Chief Executive Officer


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 i... 
John F. Levy
Director
John F. Levy
Director


John F. Levy became a director on June 20, 2016. Mr. Levy currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and principal consultant for Board Advisory, a consulting firm established to assist public companies, or companies aspiring to be public with corporate governance, corporate compliance, ethics, financial reporting and financial strategies. He has held this role since May 2005. Mr. Levy is a recognized corporate governance and financial reporting expert with over 30 years of progressive fi... 
Jacquelyn R. Soffer
Director
Jacquelyn R. Soffer
Director


Ms. Soffer is a Principal for Turnberry Associates, which she joined in 1989, and where she oversees the company’s retail, hospitality and office divisions including Aventura Mall, a South Florida’ super-regional shopping center and one of the top grossing centers in the United States. Turnberry Associates holds a two-thirds interest in Aventura Mall, with the remaining one-third interest being held by an Simon Property Group, Inc. affiliate. Ms. Soffer’s experience includes her instrumental r... 
Sheryl G. von Blucher
Director
Sheryl G. von Blucher
Director


Sheryl G. von Blucher became a director on the Washington Prime Group Inc. Board of Directors on August 30, 2016. Ms. von Blucher has over 30 years of experience in a variety of roles in the global integrated energy, information services, and public and non-profit sectors. She has led strategic and portfolio planning, operations, and corporate finance and development for both domestic and international organizations.

Ms. von Blucher began her career in law enforcement in Housto...