Bishop Named President and CEO of Alaska Communications
ANCHORAGE—The Alaska Communications board of directors named William (Bill) H. Bishop president and chief executive officer. Bishop has served as Alaska Communications’ interim CEO since June 2019. He joined the company in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles, including senior vice president of customer and revenue management and chief operations officer. Bishop will also serve on the company’s board of directors.
“Bill knows Alaska Communications, its customers, its people, and Alaska better than anyone. He is a long-time Alaskan with deep roots in the state. Bill understands the uniqueness of the market and strength of our people that make the company successful. He’s led our revenue growth as a sales leader over the past ten years. The board is confident that Bill’s customer-centric approach, leadership style, and extensive tenure with the company will serve our company and shareholders well into the future,” said Chairman of the Board David Karp.
“In my role as interim CEO, I’ve developed an even deeper understanding of Alaska Communications’ opportunities and challenges, our people, and customers,” Bishop said. “This is an exciting time for Alaska Communications. The demand for broadband and managed IT services continues to grow. Alaska is a critical location for our country’s resource development, military defense, arctic research, and global logistics, all industries we support. We’ve worked to become our customers’ trusted technology partner. I’m honored to continue working alongside our board, leadership team, and our more than 500 employees as we take our company forward.”
Bishop joined Alaska Communications in 2004 and has served in several leadership roles in consumer and business sales and operations, including director of retail operations, director of business and wholesale, vice president of business and wholesale, senior vice president of customer and revenue management, and chief operations officer. He brings more than twenty-five years of telecom and business leadership experience to this role, including positions at AT&T, McCaw Communications, and a federal government logistics contracting company.
Originally from Fairbanks, Bishop is active in the Alaska community. He has served on many community boards including as past board member for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and current board member for Alaska Business Week. Bishop holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Anchorage.
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