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Members of our Board of Directors are dedicated to serving the interests of our shareholders. Their selection is based on a wide array of achievement with particular emphasis on their executive, financial-management and operational expertise, knowledge of innovative technologies, and cumulative education and business experience.

Board members are actively involved in the oversight of the risks inherent in the operation of our Company's lines of business and implementation of its business plans. The Board reviews the operation of the business, assessing the risks associated with the Company's business plans periodically throughout the year as part of its continuing consideration of the tactical performance against this business plan.

David W. Karp

Chairman of the Board of Directors

David Karp Mr. Karp is the senior vice president and managing director of Alaska for Saltchuk, a Seattle based company with multiple operating companies in Alaska, including Northern Air Cargo, Tote Maritime, Carlile Transportation, Delta Western, Inlet Energy and Cook Inlet Tug and Barge. The company provides transportation and energy solutions throughout Alaska and the region. Mr. Karp resides in Anchorage, Alaska with his family and is involved in supporting many nonprofit organizations in the community. Mr. Karp also serves as a member of the board of directors for Anchorage based Northrim BanCorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRIM). He holds a B.A. from the University of Oregon and has completed the Owner President Manager Program at the Harvard School of Business.

Peter D. Aquino

Director, Chair - Compensation and Personnel Committee

Peter D. Aquino is Chairman and CEO of Spartacus Acquisition Corp (TMTSU: Nasdaq). He is a veteran of the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) industries, with a track record of successfully guiding major expansion efforts, turnarounds and strategic partnerships and transactions at both public and private companies.

Mr. Aquino previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Internap Corporation (INAP) from 2016 until 2020. Prior to assuming his role at INAP, Mr. Aquino served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and later as Executive Chairman, of Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated from 2010 until 2013. Under his leadership, PTGi grew into an integrated telecommunications company serving consumer and business customers with voice, data, high-capacity fiber and data center services globally. Prior to this, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of RCN Corporation from 2004 until 2010 where he built the company into an all-digital HDTV cable multiple system operator and created an advanced fiber-based commercial network through organic and acquisition strategies.

He is also the founder of Broad Valley Capital, LLC, where he provided consulting services and capital to improve companies’ business operations, productivity and asset value. He began his career at Bell Atlantic (now Verizon) in 1983. Mr. Aquino recently served on the board of directors of Internap Corporation, as well as Lumos Networks (Nasdaq: LMOS) and FairPoint Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: FRP), prior to both being sold in 2017.

Mr. Aquino holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Montclair State University and an M.B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Barr, Jr.

Director, Chair - Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Mr. Barr is the principal of Oakleaf Consulting Group LLC, a management consulting firm focusing on technology and telecommunications companies, which he founded in 2001. Through Oakleaf, Mr. Barr provides assistance to a wide variety of clients in areas of corporate strategy and planning, mergers and acquisitions, as well as restructuring advice to those of his clients that are seeking to “right-size” their operations. Mr. Barr is also managing director of Alliance Group of NC, LLC, a full service real estate firm providing brokerage, planning and consulting services throughout North Carolina to a wide variety of stakeholders including landowners, developers, builders and investors, a position he has held since 2013. In 2012, Mr. Barr co-founded IoSat Holdings Limited, a worldwide satellite capacity provider using proprietary technology. Mr. Barr currently serves as a director and General Counsel of IoSat. Mr. Barr also co-founded and was president from 2003 to 2008 of Capital & Technology Advisors, a management consulting and restructuring firm, where he oversaw the day-to-day operations of a 20-person consulting firm focusing on telecommunications operations and restructurings. As president, Mr. Barr managed employees and independent contractors and was one of two lead contacts for all of the firm’s clients. This wide-ranging experience, coupled with his legal background, has provided Mr. Barr with a skill set particularly suited to assisting with deal structure and execution, as well as operational assistance across several industries. Mr. Barr currently serves on the board of directors of HC2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: HCHC), where he has served as chairman of the Audit Committee and Nominating and Governance Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee from January 2014 through June 2016, when he resigned from such committees (but continues as a board member) as he assumed a more active role at HC2. Mr. Barr also serves on the board of directors of Aviat Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVN) and as Chairman of the board of directors of CCUR Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: CCUR) and has served on the boards of directors of Anacomp, Leap Wireless International, NEON Communications and Globix Corporation. He has also served as a Trustee of the New York Racing Association. Mr. Barr received his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University and is admitted to practice law in New York State. He is also a licensed real estate broker in the state of North Carolina.

Bill Bishop


Bill Bishop serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Alaska Communications, overseeing and providing executive level leadership for all strategic and business operations.

Mr. Bishop joined Alaska Communications in August 2004 and has served in several leadership roles in consumer and business sales and operations, including senior vice president of customer and revenue management, chief operations officer and most recently, interim president and CEO.

Mr. Bishop brings more than 25 years of telecom and business leadership experience to Alaska Communications, including positions at AT&T, McCaw Communications, and a federal government logistics contracting company. Being a long time Alaskan, Mr. Bishop has served with many statewide volunteer activities and currently serves on the board of directors for the US Telecom Association and as former chairman of the board for Alaska Business Week. Mr. Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree in natural sciences from University of Alaska Anchorage. He and his wife Deena live in Anchorage and have three grown children.

Benjamin C. Duster, IV

Director, Chair - Audit Committee

Benjamin C. Duster, IV is the founder and CEO of Cormorant IV Corporation, LLC, a finance operations and strategic advisory/interim management firm organized in 2014 to help organizations assess and improve their execution effectiveness and transform existing business/service models to ensure long-term sustainable value creation. Prior to his current position, Mr. Duster was the CEO of CenterLight Health System, Inc., a private diversified health services, managed care and assisted living conglomerate from 2016 to 2018. Mr. Duster currently serves as an independent director and chairman of the audit committee of Cardone Industries, Inc., a private auto parts aftermarket manufacturer. Mr. Duster’s extensive experience as an independent director also includes service as Chairman of the supervisory board of Netia, S.A from 2009 to 2013, Chairman of the audit committee of RCN Corporation from 2006 to 2010, (Nasdaq: RCN prior to sale) and board member of MultiFineline Electronics from 2012 to 2015 (Nasdaq: MFLX, prior to sale). Mr. Duster holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, and a B.A in Economics from Yale University.

Shelly Lombard


Shelly C. Lombard is currently an independent consultant. From 2011 to 2014, she was the Director of High Yield and Distressed Research for Britton Hill Capital, a broker dealer specializing in high yield bank debt and bonds and value equities. From 2003 to 2010, Ms. Lombard was a high yield bond analyst covering the automotive industry at Gimme Credit, a subscription bond research firm. From 1992 to 2001, she analyzed, managed, and was involved in the restructurings of proprietary investments for ING, Chase Manhattan Bank, Barclays Bank, and Credit Lyonnais. Ms. Lombard began her career at Citibank in the leveraged buyout group. As an independent financial analyst and financial trainer, she reviews investment ideas, provides training programs for new hires at Wall Street banks, and teaches executive education courses in corporate finance, financial analysis, and the financial markets at Columbia University, the Wharton School of Business, and Moody’s. Ms. Lombard has an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia University.

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