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Meredith Chairman Steve Lacy Joins Great Western Bank Board

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Great Western Bank today announced the appointment of Steve Lacy, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) , to the Board of Directors of Great Western Bank, effective April 30, 2015.

“Great Western Bank is proud to have this highly-respected business leader join our board,” said Ken Karels, President and Chief Executive Officer at Great Western Bank. “We are pleased to have someone with Steve’s expertise, and know he will bring unique leadership and counsel to Great Western’s board.”

Meredith Corporation, headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa, is the leading media and marketing company serving American women. The company features well-known brands such as Better Homes and Gardens, Parents, Allrecipes and local television brands in fast-growing markets. Meredith reaches 100 million unduplicated consumers monthly across multiple distribution platforms-including print, television, online, mobile and video-to provide content they desire and to deliver the messages of its marketing partners.

“Steve Lacy is a recognized community leader in the greater Des Moines area,” said Bill Fajen, group president for Great Western’s Des Moines market. “Great Western Bank is fortunate to work with Steve and draw upon his business acumen.”

Since joining Meredith in 1998, Lacy has been instrumental in transforming Meredith into the multi-faceted company it is today. Lacy oversaw the launch of the company’s digital business and the aggressive expansion of its brand licensing activities.

Lacy, 61, serves on the Boards of Hormel Foods Corporation; is Chair of the Board of The Association of Magazine Media; and serves on the Board of The Advertising Council and The International Federation of the Periodical Press. He is a member of Financial Executives International and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Lacy, a native of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, earned his bachelors and master’s degrees in accounting from Kansas State University. Lacy lives in Des Moines with his wife, Cathy.

About Great Western Bank

Great Western Bank is a full-service regional bank focused on relationship-based business and agribusiness banking. As of March 31, 2015, Great Western had nearly $9.78 billion in total assets and 158 branches in seven states: South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Kansas and Missouri. Great Western Bank offers small and mid-sized businesses a focused suite of financial products and a range of deposit and loan products to retail customers through several channels, including the branch network, online banking system, mobile banking applications and customer care centers. Great Western Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Great Western Bancorp, Inc. To learn more about Great Western Bank visit

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