Westar Energy names new member to board of directors

TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 8, 2003 — Westar Energy Inc. has announced the appointment of B. Anthony (Tony) Isaac to its board of directors.

“I am pleased to welcome Tony as a director,” said Charles Q. Chandler, IV, Westar Energy chairman of the board. “His combined corporate and entrepreneurial experience complements that of our other directors.”

Isaac is co-founder and president of LodgeWorks, a Wichita, Kan.-based hotel management and development company that owns and operates the national 18-property Sierra Suites hotel brand, is the franchisee for nine Summerfield Suites by Wyndham hotels and manages six Hawthorn Suites hotels.

He assumed his position at LodgeWorks in 2000. He is the secretary and a board member for Via Christi Regional Medical Center and serves on the board of Wichita Collegiate School.

Before helping found LodgeWorks, Isaac served as president of the All-Suites Division of Wyndham International from 1998 to 2000. He was also president of Summerfield Hotel Corp. from May 1988 until Summerfield’s 1998 merger with Patriot American Hospitality/Wyndham International. Isaac moved to Wichita in 1985 to lead operations for The Residence Inn Company.

Isaac, 50, and his wife, Michele, reside in Wichita. They have four sons. He has a degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an MBA from Harvard University.

Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE:WR) is the largest electric utility in Kansas and owns interests in monitored security and other investments. Westar Energy provides electric service to about 654,000 customers in the state. Westar Energy has nearly 6,000 megawatts of electric generation capacity and operates and coordinates more than 34,800 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines. The company has total assets of approximately $6.1 billion, including security company holdings through ownership of Protection One, Inc. (NYSE:POI).

For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at http://www.wr.com.

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