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Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc (ALSK.O)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Edward Hayes

59 2011 Independent Chairman of the Board

Anand Vadapalli

49 2011 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Laurie Butcher

53 2015 Primary financial and Accounting officer

Leonard Steinberg

61 2012 Senior Vice President - Legal, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Corporate Secretary, Chief Ethics Officer

William Bishop

49 2015 Senior Vice President - Business Services

Randy Ritter

55 2015 Senior Vice President - Shared Services

Michael Todd

50 2015 Senior Vice President - Consumer Services

Carol Mills

62 2013 Director

Margaret Brown

65 2012 Independent Director

David Karp

48 2011 Independent Director

Peter Ley

55 2008 Independent Director

Brian Ross

58 2011 Independent Director

John Wanamaker

46 2011 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Edward Hayes

Mr. Edward J. Hayes, Jr., is Independent Chairman of the Board of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. He has been a director since February 2006, and has served as the Chairman of the Board since April 2011. He is currently the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) of Aviat Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVNW) a company in wireless transmission and networking solutions to the mobile and non-mobile markets. He joined Aviat Networks in October of 2011 after serving as the CFO of Pillar Data Systems, 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). He joined Quantum after serving as President and CEO of DirecTV Broadband, Inc. Prior to DirecTV Broadband, Mr. Hayes served as Executive Vice President and CFO at Telocity, Inc., and Financial Vice President and CFO in two of Lucent Technologies’ divisions, including the 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. He has previously served as an independent director and Chair of the Audit Committee of New Wave Research, Inc. and as an independent director of and Chair of the Audit Committee of NPTest, Inc. Mr. Hayes currently serves 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 from Colgate University in New York.

Anand Vadapalli

Mr. Anand Vadapalli is President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Vadapalli served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer (“COO”) of the Company beginning October 26, 2009, with operational responsibility for all facets of business, including network operations, technology, sales and service. Mr. Vadapalli served as Executive Vice President, Operations and Technology, from December 2008 until October 2009 and previously was Senior Vice President, Network & Information Technology beginning in August 2006, when he joined the Company. Before joining, Mr. Vadapalli had most recently served as Vice President of Information Technology at Valor Telecom since February 2004. Prior to Valor, from January 2003 to February 2004, he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Network Telephone Corporation, and from January 1996 through January 2003, he served in various positions at Broadwing / Cincinnati Bell, including as Vice President, Information Technology. Mr. Vadapalli holds a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India as well as a P.G.D.M. from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the University of Alaska Foundation and as a member of the Board of Directors of Premera Blue Cross. In addition, Mr. Vadapalli is an active participant in industry associations, serving on the boards of both the Alaska Telephone Association and the United States Telecom Association.

Laurie Butcher

Ms. Laurie Butcher has been Primary financial and Accounting officer of the Company. Laurie Butcher, who has been a key financial leader at Alaska Communications for many years, has been promoted to senior vice president of finance and will lead the finance organization, succeeding CFO Wayne Graham. Butcher joined Alaska Communications in 1997 and served as vice president of finance for the past 10 years. The company has also aligned its core sales and operations functions in three key areas. Bill Bishop, who has led the company’s growth in business sales, has been promoted to senior vice president of business services and will lead the business and wholesale segment. Mike Todd, who has led Alaska Communications’ successful network expansion, has been named senior vice president of consumer services and will lead the consumer segment. Randy Ritter, named senior vice president of shared services, previously led the company’s successful entry into IT managed services.

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. 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 Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary from 2001 through 2011 after joining the Company as a senior attorney in June 2000. From 1998 to 2000, Mr. Steinberg used his experience 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 clients in oil and gas royalty and tax disputes. Mr. Steinberg holds a J.D. degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, a Masters in Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, an M.B.A. from University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

William Bishop

Mr. William H. Bishop has been promoted as Senior Vice President - Business Services of the Company. He was Vice President, Enterprise Sales. 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 has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, including previous business leadership positions at AT&T and McCaw Communications. In addition to telecommunications experience, he has experience leading a federal government logistic contracting company. Mr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage and is completing his MBA in Strategic Leadership from Alaska Pacific University.

Randy Ritter

Mr. Randy M. Ritter has been promoted as Senior Vice President - Shared Services of the Company. He was Senior Vice President - Managed Services of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. He brings to the company more than 20 years telecommunications experience and previously served in leadership roles at Sprint, One Communications and MacroSolve, Inc.

Michael Todd

Mr. Michael R. Todd is Senior Vice President - Consumer Services of the Company. He was Senior Vice President - Engineering & Operations of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. Mr. Todd is responsible for all engineering, service delivery and operations functions. His focus includes improving the overall customer experience through developing and executing long-term network evolution plans, establishing engineering and service delivery standards, directing cross-departmental process improvement teams to reduce cycle time, and enhancing operational efficiencies and employee development. Mr. Todd first joined Alaska Communications in August 2008. Before assuming his current position in October 2010, he served as Vice President, Engineering and Service Delivery. Mr. Todd brings more than 20 years of telecommunications leadership and experience with a focus on engineering/service delivery, building and maintaining wireless networks, staff operations and multi-site development. Prior to Alaska Communications, Mr. 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 M.B.A. from the University of Texas.

Carol Mills

Ms. Carol G. Mills has been appointed as Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., effective September 16, 2013. Mills brings more than 30 years experience in the enterprise software and technology sector to the Alaska Communications board of directors. Mills also serves on the board for Xactly Corporation, a cloud-based incentive compensation and performance management solutions company. She previously served on the boards of Adobe Systems, Blue Coat Systems and Tekelec Corporation. Prior to these roles she served in leadership roles at Hewlett-Packard, Acta Technology and Juniper Networks. She holds a master’s in business administration from Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College.

Margaret Brown

Ms. Margaret L. Brown is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc., since June 8, 2012. She is the former president and CEO of CIRI, an Alaska Native regional corporation. Ms. Brown held several management positions within CIRI since joining in 1976. During her more than 35 years at CIRI, Ms. Brown led the corporation through growth by diversifying its interests across several industries crucial to Alaskans. Ms. Brown also 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 land exchanges in the nation’s history. Ms. Brown currently serves on several 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.

David Karp

Mr. David W. Karp is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. He is the President and CEO of Saltchuk Air Cargo, Inc., managing Northern Air Cargo, Inc. and Aloha Air Cargo, Inc. The airlines operate a fleet of Boeing 737 and SAAB 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 COO of Anchorage-based Hawaiian Vacations for nearly seven years. 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 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 2013 Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Peter Ley

Mr. Peter D. Ley is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. He is the CFO of Hargray Holdings, LLC, a provider of cable television and telecommunications services. Prior to joining Hargray in September 2012, 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 M.B.A. from Harvard University in Massachusetts and a B.A. from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Brian Ross

Mr. Brian A. Ross is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. He is an independent consultant. Until December 2012, Mr. Ross served as President and CEO of KnowledgeWorks, an educational non-profit that provides innovative methodologies to teachers, administrators and local community leaders that more effectively prepare students for college and 21st century careers. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Mr. Ross had a 13-year-tenure at Cincinnati Bell, where he served four years as CFO and two years as COO. 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.

John Wanamaker

Mr. John Niles Wanamaker is Independent Director of Alaska Communications Systems Group Inc. He serves as Vice Chairman of Venture Ad Astra, LLC, a company focusing on geointelligence, location and imaging technologies; and as Vice-Chairman of ZuluTime, LLC, a company with breakthrough position, navigation and timing technologies for wireless networks and innovative indoor location-based services. In addition, he conducts an active angel investment practice under the name of Alaska Venture Partners, LLC, investing in companies both in and out of Alaska. Mr. Wanamaker has served as either founder or CEO of companies from a wide range of industries, including early stage capital, wireless communication, aerospace launch vehicles, electronic monitored security, and real estate development. His focus has been on value creation and monetization value. Active in his community, Mr. Wanamaker donates his time to a number of organizations. He is the former Chairman of the board of Alaska Pacific University and continues to serve as a Trustee. He sits as a Director of Seawolf Holdings, the for-profit entity of the University of Alaska Anchorage that is responsible for technology licensing and commercialization. He recently served as the Honorary Commander for the 477th Fighter Group at Elmendorf Air Force Base and is a co-founder and board member of the Anchorage Schools Foundation. Mr. Wanamaker is a graduate of the University of Chicago and is also a 2012 Governance Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors.