MTA Board Names Michael C. Burke as CEO
Serving as MTA’s interim CEO since the retirement departure of Greg Berberich
Michael C. Burke
Matanuska Telephone Association
PALMER, AK—September 25, 2015—The MTA board of directors announced the hiring of Michael C. Burke as MTA’s new Chief Executive Officer at their board meeting on September 23, 2015. Mr. Burke had been serving as MTA’s interim CEO since the retirement departure of Greg Berberich in July of this year.
Earl Lackey, Chief Governance Officer for MTA said, “The Board was able to identify very quickly the best person for the position was right in front of us. Michael brings a wealth of knowledge that will serve our company well as MTA transitions from a traditional telecommunications company to a 21st century provider of integrated technology solutions to better serve its customers.”
Burke, a local Alaskan, brings to the company over 31 years of professional consulting and senior management experience with telecommunications and other utility companies. “I’m very excited to lead MTA during this important transition and growth period,” Burke said.
Burke served on the Alaska Exchange Carriers Association Board of Directors, Alaska Exchange Carrier Association Tariff and Rate Development Committee, and was the Alaska Broadband Task Force Peer Reviewer. Burke attended Seattle University where he received his bachelor’s degree in business administration specializing in accounting and is an Alaskan CPA.
MTA is a member-owned cooperative founded in 1953 to bring telephone service to rural South-central Alaska. It delivers some of the most advanced communications products available in the marketplace, including Local, Long Distance, Wireless, Internet, Business, Directory and Digital TV services. The MTA service area covers over 10,000 square miles, extending from Eagle River’s Hiland Road to Clear Air Force Base. MTA stores are located in Eagle River, Palmer, and Wasilla, Alaska. Through its operating and capital budgets, MTA contributes tens of millions of dollars into the economies of the communities it serves and employs over 350 local residents. This past year MTA invested over $16.5 million in its local network.