Koniag Selects Ron Unger as CEO, Names Marty Shuravloff To Board
Unger’s business expertise, Shuravloff’s experience anticipated to strengthen Koniag
Ron Unger (left) and Marty Shuravloff
KODIAK—With an eye toward continued growth, the Koniag Board of Directors selected Ron Unger as Koniag’s CEO. Marty Shuravloff has been appointed to fill Unger’s seat on the Koniag Board.
“It is an honor to be chosen by the Board to continue serving Koniag as its CEO,” Unger said. “Growing our Corporation to provide more and more benefits to our Shareholders drives everything we do at Koniag. I am so excited to keep working toward that goal.”
As Interim CEO and Board Chairman, Unger was instrumental in helping Koniag through a successful leadership transition resulting in a strong team and sustainable earnings growth. His hire allows for long-term stability as Koniag continues its journey to provide meaningful benefits to its Shareholders.
Prior to being hired as the CEO, Unger served on the Koniag Board for 14 years, with 6 years as Chairman. Twice during his time on the Board, Unger stepped in as acting CEO, in 2013 and then again in 2017. In both instances, Koniag realized improved financial results and delivered increased Shareholder benefits.
In order to ensure leadership continuity, the Board has asked Unger to serve as a non-voting Chair until the Board votes in a new Chair. In accordance with Koniag bylaws, the Board may elect a Chair who is not a Board member. In such instances, the Chair focuses on facilitating Board discussion and cannot vote on Board actions.
With Unger’s departure from the Koniag Board, Marty Shuravloff has been appointed to fill the seat. He has served twice on the Koniag Board in prior years, and said it is great to return to the team.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to come back to serve on the Koniag Board and I look forward to representing Koniag’s Shareholders. I am passionate about public service and hope that my experience will provide insight to the Board as we make decisions to guide Koniag into the future,” Shuravloff said.
Koniag President Shauna Hegna said, “I am proud to be a part of this team. Ron and Marty are important components of Koniag’s effective mix of experienced people that work hard for our Shareholders.”
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