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E-News: Sealaska President & CEO Announces Retirement

Celebration2012_4886.jpgAfter twelve years as Sealaska president and CEO, Chris McNeil Jr. has announced his retirement to take place in mid-2014. McNeil will continue to lead as Sealaska’s president and CEO through the recruitment and hiring of the new chief executive.

McNeil has been part of a management team that has worked closely with the Sealaska board of directors to craft a strategic plan for Sealaska based on Values In Action.  Executive management assessed the economic indicators in the marketplace, reviewed Sealaska’s suite of companies against its core capabilities and identity as a Native enterprise, and crafted a long-term solution for Sealaska’s operational transformation.  Management and the board are now performing that plan to set the stage for Sealaska’s future long-term success. Read more

Sealaska Continues Transformation
Throughout 2013, Sealaska has communicated with its tribal member shareholders about the transformation taking place within the company.  Sealaska has learned many operating lessons over the years, and management is applying these lessons to a current long-term strategic plan.  The goal of this plan is to create enough income from Sealaska’s subsidiaries to operate independently from the monies received from our investments and ANCSA Section 7(i) within three years. Read more

Message to Tribal Member Shareholders
I want to assure you that the board of directors, executive management team and I will work closely in the coming months to ensure a smooth and seamless leadership transition. During my time at Sealaska, starting in 1978 as corporate secretary, I have seen the company go through its share of ups and downs. But, despite many challenges, we can be very proud of what Sealaska has accomplished. We have a solid strategic plan in place and are steadily moving closer to reaching measurable goals. Our priority is to assure that profits from business operations fully support Sealaska by December 2015.  My time at Sealaska has been both fulfilling and humbling. It has been my honor to serve you over the last 12 years. Read more



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