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Our management team realizes the vital role of representing the interests of our shareholders. Select from the list below to learn more about an individual Management Team member.

Anand Vadapalli
President and Chief Executive Officer

Anand VadapalliAnand Vadapalli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Alaska Communications, Alaska’s premier integrated wireline and wireless communications provider. Mr. Vadapalli joined Alaska Communications in August 2006, and served in several leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer, before taking his current role as CEO in February 2011. He is leading Alaska Communications through a period of intense competitive and regulatory change, all while strengthening the balance sheet via de-levering and positioning the company for long-term growth by increasing retail broadband revenues.

Mr. Vadapalli is active in the community through participation at United Way and serving on the Board of Trustees at the University of Alaska Foundation. He has previously served on the Board of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation. Mr. Vadapalli currently serves on the Board of Directors of Premera Blue Cross, a leading health insurance provider in the Pacific Northwest, headquartered in Seattle, WA.

Mr. Vadapalli has worked in the telecom sector for the last 17 years, including previous technology and business executive positions at Valor Telecom, Network Telephone Corporation and Broadwing/Cincinnati Bell. Prior to his work in the telecom sector in the United States, he worked in India for five years in manufacturing and consulting. Vadapalli holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India as well as a Post Graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India.

David C. Eisenberg
Chief Revenue Officer

David EisenbergDavid Eisenberg serves as Chief Revenue Officer for Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK), leading the company’s sales, marketing, product development and corporate communications functions.

Prior to returning to Alaska Communications in October 2012, Eisenberg consulted across a range of industries, specializing in strategic planning, business and corporate development and marketing. He is also a credentialed mediator, with an appointment by the Nevada Supreme Court.

Before that, he served as Senior Vice President, corporate strategy, development and marketing for Alaska Communications, retiring in November 2008. Prior to joining Alaska Communications in 2003, Eisenberg culminated a 21-year-career with Sprint Corporation (NYSE: FON) as Vice President, Corporate Strategy/Strategic Marketing Planning.

Eisenberg brings to Alaska Communications more than 30 years of telecommunications leadership and expertise. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics from Northwestern University and a Master of Business Administration from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

Wayne Graham
Chief Financial Officer

Wayne GrahamWayne Graham is Chief Financial Officer for Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK). Graham joined Alaska Communications in April 2011 and is responsible for the company’s treasury, finance, revenue requirements, tax, information technology and supply chain management functions.

Graham joined Alaska Communications from Ensequence, a multi-national software platform provider of interactive programming and advertising, where he served as CFO. Before that, he served as chief financial officer of Local Insight Media, the fifth largest yellow page publisher in the United States. He was also previously the CFO of Integra Telecom, a leading competitive telecom provider in the Western U.S.

Graham was one of the original founders of Alaska Communications in 1999, when he worked to build the foundation of Alaska's leading telecommunications provider. He also co-founded ACS Media, a private print and electronic yellow page provider which consummated a successful IPO in 2003.

Graham brings to Alaska Communications more than 20 years of telecommunications and finance leadership and expertise. He is active in the Alaska community and sits on the Junior Achievement of Alaska Board of Directors. He holds a BS from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of Washington.

James R. Johnsen
Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Process Transformation

Jim JohnsenJim Johnsen serves as Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Process Transformation for Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK), leading the company’s human resource and process transformation functions.

Johnsen joined Alaska Communications in 2011 from Doyon, Limited, an Alaska Native regional corporation, where he served as Senior Vice President of Administration. Previous positions include Vice President of Administration and Chief of Staff at the University of Alaska. Johnsen is active in the community as a member of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, a Trustee of the University of Alaska Foundation, and a Commissioner of the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education. Johnsen holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz, a master’s from the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda Leary
Senior Vice President, Sales

Linda LearyLinda Leary serves as Senior Vice President, Sales for Alaska Communications. Leary joined Alaska Communications in December 2013 to lead the company’s consumer, business and enterprise sales. Leary is a respected leader in the Alaska community and brings to the company more than 25 years leadership and sales experience in Alaska, most recently serving as President of Carlile Transportation Systems, Alaska’s largest asset-based trucking and logistics company. Leary’s expertise and strong track record building teams and understanding Alaska businesses and their unique needs brings value to Alaska Communications’ customers, employees and shareholders. Leary serves on the Alaska Railroad board of directors as chairwoman and the Rasmuson Foundation board of directors. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in Global Supply Chain Management from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Randy Ritter
Senior Vice President, Managed Service

Randy RitterRandy Ritter serves as Senior Vice President, Managed Service for Alaska Communications. Ritter joined Alaska Communications in 2013 to lead the company’s growth in managed services for the business market in Alaska. Ritter brings more than 20 years telecommunications experience to the company and previously served in leadership roles at Sprint (Vice President – Product), One Communications (Senior Vice President – Sales & Marketing) and MacroSolve, Inc. (Chief Operating Officer). His expertise and strong track record in building teams and defining, launching and growing managed business communication and IT services brings great value to Alaska Communications’ customers, employees and shareholders. Ritter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from the University of South Alabama. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.

Leonard Steinberg
Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer

Leonard SteinbergLeonard Steinberg serves as Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary and Chief Ethics Officer for Alaska Communications (Alaska Communications) (NASDAQ ALSK). Steinberg joined Alaska Communications in 2000 and is responsible for the company's legal affairs and risk management functions. Steinberg’s legal responsibilities include compliance with SEC and NASDAQ rules, corporate organization, compliance with all telecommunications laws, corporate transactions, and litigation. Steinberg’s risk management duties include oversight of contract administration, real estate management, insurance coverage, safety programs, OSHA/EPA compliance, and emergency planning. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of TekMate LLC, an Alaska IT services firm that ACS invested in during 2010.

Before joining Alaska Communications, Steinberg was of Counsel with Brena, Bell and Clarkson, P.C., in Anchorage, Alaska, where he represented telecommunications and energy clients. Previously, Steinberg was a partner at Hosie, Wes, Sacks and Brelsford (since acquired by Perkins Coie) where he focused on oil and gas royalty and tax disputes while working out of the firm’s offices in Anchorage, Alaska and San Francisco, California.

Steinberg holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California's Hastings College of Law. He also holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, a Master of Business Administration degree from U.C. Berkley's Haas School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from University of California at Santa Cruz. Steinberg is an active member of the bar in both Alaska and California. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

Mike Todd
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations

Mike ToddMike Todd serves as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Operations for Alaska Communications (NASDAQ: ALSK). Todd joined Alaska Communications in 2008. He provides senior level executive management of engineering, service delivery, service assurance, project management and field operations functions serving all of the company’s customer segments.

Todd has more than 25 years of telecommunications leadership expertise with a focus on technology development and deployment, network planning and engineering, service delivery and customer satisfaction. His achievements at Alaska Communications include improving the overall customer experience through developing and executing long-term network evolution plans, establishing engineering and service delivery and assurance standards, coordinating cross-departmental process improvement teams, and implementing programs for employee training and development.

Prior to Alaska Communications, Todd held various engineering and operations leadership positions at Sprint, Nortel and Ericsson, Inc.

He holds a BS in Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the University of Texas. Todd serves on the Board of Directors for the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation, is a member of the School of Engineering Advisory Board for the University of Anchorage Alaska and is a volunteer with the FIRST® LEGO® League robotics program in Alaska.

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