Dowland-Bach announces new president
Reed Christensen, currently vice president and general manager at Dowland-Bach, will become president and general manager of the company on Jan. 1, 2014. He succeeds co-founder and long time president Lynn Johnson, who will become chairman of the board.
“Reed is the ideal person to take the reins at Dowland-Bach,” Johnson said. “He has the knowledge, experience and leadership skills to continue building this great company.”
As board chair, Johnson will remain involved with the company. “We’re not letting him off that easy,” Christensen said. “We will continue to depend on Lynn’s experience and expertise as we move forward.”
Dowland-Bach was founded in 1975 to develop failsafe wellhead shutdown systems at the Prudhoe Bay Oilfield. It now produces a wide range of systems in styles and models to suit its customers’ needs. At its 20,000 square-foot shop in Anchorage, Dowland-Bach designs and manufactures products for shipment around the world. In addition to manufacturing custom control systems, Dowland-Bach is an industry leader in stainless steel fabrication.
In recognition of its international trade, Dowland-Bach received the 2013 Governor’s North Star Awards for International Excellence.
Christensen joined Dowland-Bach in 1995 as controller. He became general manager in 1998 and vice president in 2009. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with a Business Minor and Master’s Degree in Accounting Information Systems, both from Brigham Young University. Christensen came to Alaska as a staff accountant in the audit department of Deloitte & Touche LLP.
As a co-founder, Lynn Johnson has been with Dowland-Bach since May 1975 when it started with just two employees – Johnson and his mentor and predecessor Ed Clinton. Since those early days, Johnson has steered the company’s growth from a two-person operation offering one product, to a 26-person team with multiple lines of products in two divisions.
Dowland-Bach is a subsidiary of Koniag, Inc., a Native regional corporation whose shareholders are Alutiiq descendants from the Kodiak Island Archipelago and portions of the Alaska Peninsula.