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Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc (ALSK.OQ)

ALSK.OQ on NASDAQ Stock Exchange Global Select Market

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Edward Hayes

63 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

William Bishop

53 2019 Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President

Laurie Butcher

55 2017 Senior Vice President - Finance

Leonard Steinberg

64 2012 Senior Vice President - Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Corporate Secretary, Chief Ethics Officer

Peter Aquino

56 2019 Independent Director

Wayne Barr

53 2018 Independent Director

Margaret Brown

68 2012 Independent Director

David Karp

51 2011 Independent Director

Peter Ley

58 2008 Independent Director

Robert Pons

62 2018 Independent Director

Brian Ross

60 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Edward Hayes

Mr. Edward J. Hayes, Jr., is Independent Chairman of the Board of Alaska Communications Systems Group IncMr. 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.

William Bishop

Mr. William H. Bishop is appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company., effective July 1, 2019. Bishop serves as our Senior Vice President, Business Market. He joined Alaska Communications in August of 2004, and has served in several leadership roles for both consumer and business sales and operations. Mr. Bishop provides executive level leadership to IT services, business sales, product and marketing to provide a consistent, quality customer experience. Mr. Bishop has over 25 years of experience in telecommunications and business leadership including positions at AT&T and McCaw Communications as well as at a federal government logistic contracting company. He serves on the board of directors for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the board for Alaska Business Week. Mr. Bishop holds a BS degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is completing his MBA in Strategic Leadership at Alaska Pacific University

Laurie Butcher

Ms. Laurie M. Butcher has been Senior Vice President - Finance of the Company. Butcher serves as our Senior Vice President, Finance, leading the Company’s revenue, treasury and finance departments. Ms. Butcher joined Alaska Communications in 1997, and has served in several leadership roles, most recently as Vice President, Finance and Controller, before taking her current role in November of 2015. She is responsible for accounting, budgeting, and forecasting for Alaska Communications, in addition to leading strategy for free cash flow growth and EBITDA margin expansion. Ms. Butcher brings more than 28 years of finance expertise to Alaska Communications, including roles in public accounting at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche and as controller for Teamsters Local 959. Ms. Butcher serves as a management trustee for the Alaska Electrical Trust Pension Fund and is on the board of directors for the United Way of Anchorage. A lifelong Alaskan, she holds a BBA degree in accounting from the University of Alaska and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant.

Leonard Steinberg

Mr. Leonard A. Steinberg is Senior Vice President - Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Corporate Secretary, Chief Ethics Officer of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. MrSteinberg serves as our Senior Vice President, Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Mr. Steinberg is responsible for the Company’s legal affairs, corporate governance, regulatory compliance and risk management functions. He also serves as the Company’s Chief Ethics Officer. He previously served as our Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2001 through 2011 after joining us as a senior attorney in June 2000. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Steinberg used his expertise in regulatory and administrative law to represent telecommunications and energy clients at Brena, Bell & Clarkson, P.C., an Anchorage, Alaska law firm. Prior to that, Mr. Steinberg was a partner in the firm of Hosie, Wes, Sacks & Brelsford with offices in Anchorage, Alaska and San Francisco, California. Mr. Steinberg practiced in the firm’s Anchorage office from 1996 to 1998 and in the firm’s San Francisco office from 1988 to 1996 where he primarily represented large clients in oil and gas royalty and tax disputes. Mr. Steinberg holds a JD degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and a BA degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Peter Aquino

Mr. Peter D. Aquino is appointed as Independent Director of the Company, effective March 18, 2019. He is President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director of Internap Corporation (INAP). Mr. Aquino has 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, from 2010 until 2013, Mr. Aquino served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and later as Executive Chairman, of Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi). 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. From 2004 until 2010, Mr. Aquino was the President and Chief Executive Officer of RCN Corporation where he built the company into an all-digital HDTV cable multiple system operator and created an advanced Metro-fiber network through organic and acquisition strategies. Mr. Aquino 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 in New Jersey, and an M.B.A. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Wayne Barr

Mr. Wayne Barr, Jr. is an independent director of the company. 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.

Margaret Brown

Ms. Margaret L. Brown is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., since June 8, 2012. Ms. Brown held the position of president and CEO of CIRI, an Alaska Native Regional Corporation, from 2005 to 2013. In her position as CEO, Ms. Brown led the corporation through significant growth by diversifying its interests across several industries, including real estate, energy and infrastructure, hospitality, oil field support and construction, and environmental services. During her more than 35 years at CIRI Ms. Brown also held several management positions within CIRI. 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 the boards of the CIRI, Student Conservation Association and the National Museum of the American Indian. Ms. Brown is a member of an advisory board for Alaska Airlines. Her leadership in Alaska has been recognized with the Alaska Journal of Commerce’s Business Person of the Year in 2013, 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 BS degree in biology from the University of Oregon and a MBA degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. She is also a Board Leadership Fellow with the NACD. Ms. Brown is a lifelong Alaskan of Yup’ik descent and was raised in Takotna, a small village in central Alaska.

David Karp

Mr. David W. Karp is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. Mr. Karp is the president and CEO of Northern Aviation Services, Inc., an Anchorage based company that manages Northern Air Cargo, Aloha Air Cargo, and various other aviation related businesses. The company operates a fleet of Boeing 737 aircraft within the states of Alaska and Hawaii, the contiguous U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Karp previously served as the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Anchorage-based Hawaiian Vacations. Prior to 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 board of directors for Anchorage based Northrim Bankcorp, Inc. (Nasdaq: NRIM). He serves as the board chairman of the National Air Carriers Association, is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Alaska Aviation Museum, a board member of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and is involved in multiple nonprofit organizations in the community. Mr. Karp is a graduate of the University of Oregon, and he completed the Owner President Manager Program at the Harvard School of Business in March 2011. Mr. Karp is also a Board Leadership Fellow with the NACD.

Peter Ley

Mr. Peter D. Ley is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. Mr. Ley is 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 the 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 Pons

Mr. Robert M. Pons is an independent director of the company. He is a 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 SmartSery 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 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.

Brian Ross

Mr. Brian A. Ross is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. Mr. Ross is both the Principal of Mid-Market Growth Partners, which assist clients to align their strategic objectives with operating performance, and an Advisor with The Center for Business Transition at RSM, LLP. The Center for Business Transition helps owners plan to successfully transition their businesses. Previously, Mr. Ross served as President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks, an educational non-profit that provides innovative teaching pedagogies, and as the Chief Operating Officer (“COO”) and CFO as part of his 13-year-tenure at Cincinnati Bell. He is also a member of the board of Otelco, Inc. (Nasdaq: OTEL), a telecommunications firm with rural properties. Mr. Ross served as a member of the board of directors of Healthwarehouse.com (OTCQB: HEWA), a national, on-line pharmacy from September 2015 to March 2016, and as a member of the board of Journal Media Group, Inc. (formerly NYSE: JMG), from its inception in April 2015 to its sale to Gannett in April 2016. Mr. Ross holds a BA in economics, mathematics and statistics from Miami University as well as an MA in statistics from the University of California.

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