A statement from GCI President and CEO Ronald Duncan:
The future of GCI and the Alaska market is a vibrant one. New technologies and changing regulatory policies have ushered in a Communication Revolution that represents an unprecedented opportunity to create shareholder value.
Alaska has potential to benefit more than most from the Communication Revolution. Competitive advantage in the future will occur in places with raw materials for cyber-commerce and high quality of life–Alaskans have both.
GCI’s role in the Communication Revolution in Alaska will be a significant one. In less than 10 years, the company has invested $750 million in integrated communication assets. It also has brought together the most experienced management team in competitive telecommunication services anywhere in Alaska.
These advantages, when combined with the commitment of its 1,250 employees who call Alaska home, will ensure that GCI delivers on its vision to create value for its customers, opportunities for its employees and growth for its shareholders.
President, CEO and Co-Founder
Ronald Duncan is one of the founders of GCI and has been president and CEO since 1989. He previously served GCI as executive vice president. Duncan serves on the Board of Directors of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. He is also on the Board of the National Business Aviation Association. He is past chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and the Alaska Science and Technology Foundation. Prior to starting GCI, Duncan founded and was president of an Alaska-based cable television company and was a partner at a management and economic consulting firm. Duncan received a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Johns Hopkins University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
Gregory F. Chapados
Executive Vice President and General Manager
Greg Chapados has served as Executive Vice President and General Manager since June 2012. Prior to that he served as senior vice president since June 2006. Before joining GCI, Chapados was a managing director at two boutique investment banks in Dallas, Texas, specializing in the defense and telecommunications industries and served as senior vice president, new business development at Crown Media, a cable system subsidiary of Hallmark Cards. Before moving to Dallas, Chapados served as Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information in the U.S. Department of Commerce during the George H. W. Bush administration and chief of staff to Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK).
Executive Vice President, Wireless
Wilson Hughes was named Executive Vice President, Wireless in June of 2012. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer of GCI since June 1991. Hughes has more than 40 years of experience as an executive, engineer and project manager in the communications, engineering and construction industries in Alaska. He is past chairman of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation and is past chairman of the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. He currently serves as a board member of the Alaska Energy Authority, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority and The Conservation Fund. Prior to joining GCI, Hughes was president of Northern Air Cargo of Anchorage, Alaska. He has also served as president of Enserch Alaska Services Inc., an Alaska construction company and Frank Moolin & Associates, Inc., an Anchorage engineering firm. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla and a master’s in science and engineering management from the University of Alaska.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
John Lowber has been the senior vice president and chief financial officer of the company since December, 1989. Prior to that, Lowber was vice president, administration for the company from 1985 to December 1989. He has been chief financial officer for the company since January 1987 and secretary/treasurer of the company since July, 1988. Prior to joining the company, Lowber was a senior manager at KPMG Peat Marwick.
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs
Tina Pidgeon was named GCI’s general counsel in June 2011, having served as senior vice president, governmental affairs and senior counsel for GCI since September 2010 and was previously GCI’s VP, federal regulatory affairs. Pidgeon is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s regulatory, legal and governmental strategies and positions. Prior to joining GCI in 2003, she practiced law with the firm Drinker Biddle and represented telecommunications companies including GCI before the FCC and state regulatory commissions. She is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association and past co-chair of the common carrier practice group. Pidgeon received her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame.
William C. Behnke
Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives
William “Bill” Behnke served as president of GCI Network Systems since it was acquired by GCI in 1989. In October 1993, the sales and marketing departments of GCI and GCI Network Systems were consolidated and Behnke was named senior vice president of the new sales and marketing department. Prior to that, Behnke was a senior vice president and manager of marketing and sales for Transalaska Data Systems, before it was acquired by GCI and renamed GCI Network Systems. Behnke received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business administration from the University of Wisconsin.
Paul E. Landes
Senior Vice President, Consumer Services
Paul E. Landes has been our senior vice president, consumer services since January 2011 and is responsible for all areas related to residential products. Prior to 2011, he was vice president & general manager of GCI’s consumer services since September 2005. Prior to that, he was vice president, marketing & sales and Chief Marketing Officer since 2002. Landes joined GCI in 1999 as vice president of marketing. Before joining GCI, Landes was vice president of marketing and purchasing at Carr Gottstein Foods. Landes is on the advisory board for the Salvation Army and currently serves as Chairman of the Board for Special Olympics Alaska. Landes received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from The College of Great Falls in Montana.