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Koniag Announces CEO Hire

Seattle business executive Elizabeth M. Perry, Ph.D.

Seattle business executive Elizabeth M. Perry, Ph.D.

PHOTO: Courtesy of Koniag

Koniag has hired Seattle business executive Elizabeth M. Perry, Ph.D., as its Chief Executive Officer.  Perry comes from SWCA Environmental Consultants, a National firm where she is currently Vice President of the Pacific West region, which includes operations in Alaska.

Koniag Board Chairman Ron Unger said Perry is an excellent fit for what Koniag needs.  “Our Search Committee evaluated a large pool of qualified candidates, Native and non-Native, with diverse and impressive skills,” he said.

“Liz stood out because of her strong operations and business development background.  She has a track record of financial success in business industries similar to Koniag’s current business sectors,” Unger said.

Perry will begin her new post at Koniag on March 1, 2014.  Perry has risen steadily at SWCA Environmental Consultants since she joined the company in 2002.  As Vice President, Pacific West Region, she oversees operations and profit and loss responsibility in 13 offices across the Western States and territories; roughly half of SWCA’s 650 employees and $71 million in revenues.

In addition to her business experience, Unger noted, Perry has professional education and training in anthropology, past experience working with Native Tribes in the Lower 48, and more recent experience working with Native communities in rural Alaska and Kodiak.

Longtime employee Tom Panamaroff has been serving as Interim President since late March.  “I’m thrilled with this announcement.  Liz is exactly what our team needs and I really look forward to working with her,” he said.

The hiring of Perry concluded a comprehensive and deliberative search, Board Chairman Unger noted.  “Hiring the CEO is one of the most important responsibilities we have as a board.  It was important that we take the time to find the right person for the job.  The perseverance paid off.”

About Koniag, Inc.

Koniag, Inc. is one of the 13 Alaska Native regional corporations established in 1971 by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA). Koniag represents the Alutiiq people from Alaska’s Kodiak Island region. Koniag manages a diverse portfolio of real estate holdings and operating companies.  For more information, visit www.Koniag.com

Dec 14, 2013 08:48 pm
 Posted by  planet321

I, too, am disappointed that the board did not consider a Native applicant. I reserve my remarks, pro or con on her retention. These past three years were a telltale sign that Koniag was headed into troubled waters, financially. Two AFN,Inc. Conventions ago, I was approached by CEO William Anderson and director Michael Pestrikoff on the Convention floor. I asked them both in separate occasions why the word "restructuring" was being used by the Management and Board at and after the Koniag Annual Meeting three years ago. Their answers in two separate occasions, was that Koniag's SBA Section 8(a) contracting were diminishing, due to the negative publicity of the SBA minority contracting program. I responded by saying that the words, "restructure" and "reorganization" are accounting terms indicating bankruptcy. They both denied that Koniag was going bankrupt...and just about 10 months ago now, CEO Anderson is terminated due to the negative financial condition of Koniag.
With respect to Ms Perry being retained as Koniag's CEO, I ask the board to withhold executing an employment contract with her, until the board discloses the criteria for any bonus, fringe benefits, and severance pay to us shareholders. I do not believe that any of us were pleased with ex-CEO Anderson being terminated due to the negative financial condition of Koniag,and awarding him with $400,000 severance pay, on top of his salary of $433,000 per year! This is madness!
On Native hire,there's some irony and paradox, talking about this issue. I can't help but mention Elder Frank Pagano's success in bringing financial solvency back to Koniag and Leisnoi. With Koniag, he not only restored the contributed capital of $24 million, dissolved a $10 million debt, but raised enough revenue to issue Koniag's first $1.00 per share dividend. With Leisnoi, he was responsible for executing a timber contract, now paying a dividend of $15 per share. He's now being punished by both corporations. More coming

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