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Board of directors - Alaska Communications

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.

Edward J. (Ned) Hayes, Jr.

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Ned Hayes Mr. Hayes is currently a private investor in, and consultant to, the high tech industry. In January of 2015, he announced his retirement as senior vice president and chief financial officer (“CFO”) of Aviat Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVNW) a leading company in wireless transmission and networking solutions for the mobile and non-mobile markets. He joined Aviat Networks in October of 2011 after serving as the CFO of Pillar Data Systems, Inc., a privately held enterprise data storage company. Prior to joining Pillar, Mr. Hayes served as executive vice president and CFO of Quantum Corporation (NYSE: QTM), a global leader in data back-up, recovery and archive storage. He joined Quantum after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of DirecTV Broadband, Inc. Prior to DirecTV Broadband, Mr. Hayes served as executive vice president and CFO at Telocity, Inc. (Nasdaq: TLCT), and financial vice president and CFO in two of Lucent Technologies’ divisions, including the $20 billion global service provider business. He has also held senior financial management positions at other multinational companies such as Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Hayes is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”). He has previously served as an independent director and chair of the audit committee of New Wave Research, Inc. and as an independent director and chair of the audit committee of NPTest, Inc. Mr. Hayes has served as an advisor to the President and CEO of Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMCI) after having served the company as an independent director and chair of the audit committee. Mr. Hayes conducted his graduate studies in accounting and finance at New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business and received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Colgate University in New York.

Peter D. Aquino


Peter D. Aquino is President and Chief Executive Officer of Internap Corporation (INAP) and also serves as a member of INAP’s Board of Directors. 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.

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 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.


Wayne Barr 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.

Margaret (Margie) L. Brown


Margie Brown Margaret (Margie) L. Brown, a director since June 2012, is the former president and CEO of CIRI, an Alaska Native corporation. Ms. Brown held the position of CIRI president and CEO from 2005 to 2013. Ms. Brown held several management positions within CIRI during her career since joining in 1976. During her more than 35 years at CIRI, Ms. Brown led the corporation through significant growth by diversifying its interests across several industries crucial to Alaskans. Ms. Brown worked with state and federal agencies, as well as the U.S. Congress, to help implement the Cook Inlet Land Exchange, widely considered one of the largest land exchanges in the nation’s history. Ms. Brown currently serves on several other boards, including the Student Conservation Association, the National Museum of the American Indian, Commonwealth North and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Ms. Brown is also a member of advisory boards for Alaska Airlines and the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Her leadership in Alaska has been recognized with an Athena Award in 2012, the fDi Magazine business personality of the year award in 2008, and the Alaska Business Hall of Fame laureate honor in 2009. Ms. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Ms. Brown is a lifelong Alaskan of Yup’ik descent and was raised in Takotna, a small village in central Alaska, and currently resides in Anchorage.

David W. Karp

Director, Chair of Corporate Governance Committee

David Karp David W. Karp, a director since March 2011, is the President and CEO of Northern Air Services, managing Northern Air Cargo, Inc. and Aloha Air Cargo, Inc. These airlines operate a fleet of Boeing 737 and SAAB aircraft within the states of Alaska, Hawaii, the contiguous U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Karp previously served as the Vice President and COO of Anchorage-based Hawaiian Vacations for nearly seven years. Hawaiian Vacations transported approximately 50,000 vacationers between Alaska and Hawaii every year utilizing chartered Boeing 767 aircraft owned by Hawaiian Airlines. Before that, Mr. Karp served as the Executive Director of the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council, overseeing the cooperative tourism marketing efforts between the State of Alaska and over 1000 private sector tourism businesses. Mr. Karp also serves as a member of the Alaska Pacific University Board of Trustees. He is the past Chairman of the Board for the Alaska Aviation Museum. Mr. Karp is a graduate from the University of Oregon, and he completed the Owner President Manager Program at the Harvard School of Business in March 2011. He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors where he has completed the board leadership course and is pursuing his NACD fellowship.

Peter D. Ley

Director, Chair of Audit Committee

Peter Ley Peter D. Ley is currently a private investor. In June 2015 he retired from the position of CFO of Hargray Holdings, LLC, a provider of cable television and telecommunications services serving coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. He held this position from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Ley served as CFO of Connexion Technologies, an operator of residential communications networks for gated communities and high-rise towers. In April of 2012, Connexion filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Prior to joining Connexion in November 2007, Mr. Ley served for seven years as a managing director at Bank of America Securities, responsible for managing client relationships with the U.S. telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Bank of America, he served as CFO of Pennsylvania-based Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Ley has also served as an investment banker at Dominick & Dominick, Furman Selz, Robert Fleming, Morgan Grenfell and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Ley holds an MBA from Harvard University in Massachusetts and a BA from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Robert M. Pons


Robert Pons Currently, Mr. Pons is President and CEO of Spartan Advisors Inc., a management consulting firm specializing in telecom and technology companies. From May 2014 until January 2017, he was Executive Vice President of Business Development and from September 2011 until June 2016 was on the board of directors, of HC2 Holdings, Inc. (NYSE MKT: HCHC), a publicly traded diversified holding company with a diverse array of operating subsidiaries, including telecom/infrastructure, construction, energy, technology, gaming and life sciences. From February 2011 to April 2014 he was Chairman of Live Micro Systems, Inc. (formerly Livewire Mobile) a comprehensive one-stop digital content solution for mobile carriers. From January 2008 until February 2011, Mr. Pons was Senior Vice President of TMNG Global (now Cartesian), a leading provider of professional services to the telecommunications industry and the capital formation firms that support it. From January 2003 until April 2007, Mr. Pons served as President and chief executive officer of Uphonia, Inc. (previously SmartServ Online, Inc.) a wireless applications service provider. From March 1999 to August 2003, he was President of FreedomPay, Inc., a wireless device payment processing company. During the period January 1994 to March 1999, Mr. Pons was President of Lifesafety Solutions, Inc., a software company catering to 911 call centers. Mr. Pons has over 30 years of management experience with telecommunications companies including MCI, Inc., Sprint, Inc. and Geotek, Inc. Mr. Pons currently serves on the board of directors, the audit committee and the compensation committee of Inseego Corp (formerly Novatel Wireless, Inc.). Mr. Pons also serves as a board advisor to Cliqueapi (a voice communications API platform). Mr. Pons previously served on the Board of Directors of Network-1, Arbinet, PTGi, HC2 Holdings, Proxim Wireless, MRV Communications, DragonWave and Concurrent Computer. Mr. Pons received a B.A. degree with honors from Rowan University. We believe Mr. Pons' qualifications for serving on our board include his knowledge and expertise as a pioneer in the telecommunications industry and his experience as a senior level executive working in the telecommunications industry.

Brian A. Ross

Director, Chair of Compensation & Personnel Committee

Brian Ross Brian A. Ross, a director since October 2011, is an independent consultant. Until December 2012, Mr. Ross served as President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, an educational non-profit that provides to teachers, administrators and local community leaders innovative methodologies that more effectively prepare students for college and 21st century careers. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Mr. Ross had a successful, 13-year-tenure at Cincinnati Bell, where he served four years as Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operating Officer. He is a member of the boards of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., and Ursuline Academy. Mr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, mathematics and statistics from Miami University and a Master of Arts degree in statistics from the University of California.

Anand Vadapalli


Anand Vadapalli

Anand Vadapalli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Alaska Communications, Alaska’s premier broadband and IT managed services 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, positioning the company for long-term shareholder value creation.

Vadapalli is active in the community, having previously chaired the United Way Workplace Campaign Committee and has served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Alaska Foundation and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation board.

Vadapalli currently serves on the Board of Directors of Premera Blue Cross, a leading health insurance provider in the Pacific Northwest, headquartered in Seattle, Wash.

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.

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