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GCI’s Heather Handyside Promoted to Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement

Dec 7, 2018 | Right Moves

CCCE team to bring increased emphasis to GCI’s policy-related messaging

ANCHORAGE—GCI recently promoted Heather Handyside to Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Engagement (CCCE) within the company’s Legal and Policy department. In her new role, Handyside and the CCCE team will bring even greater focus and intensity to GCI’s external messaging on policy issues.

Handyside, who joined GCI in 2015, will continue to serve as the company’s primary spokesperson. The CCCE team will build on their prior success by developing and implementing a comprehensive, company-wide communications plan, finding new and better ways to deliver GCI’s corporate message to external audiences, engaging with key stakeholders and the communities GCI serves, keeping all employees informed, and promoting key projects and initiatives.

“We are confident that with Heather’s record of strong leadership, consistent ownership, and good judgment, Corporate Communications and Community Engagement will continually find effective and creative ways to share GCI’s story,” said Tina Pidgeon, GCI’s General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. “The combined communications and policy effort will advance GCI’s strategic policy initiatives, expand community engagement, and even more expansively share GCI’s unparalleled story of service, innovation, and competition.”

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Additionally, Handyside will continue to work closely with the GCI Marketing team to coordinate the company’s philanthropy and volunteer programs, which donates more than $2 million to Alaska organizations each year and provides more than 32,000 hours of paid volunteer time annually to its 2,200 employees statewide.

Handyside brings 20 years of government, non-profit and private sector communications experience into her new position.

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