Buretta steps in as Chugach CEO

Board chair Sheri Buretta of Chugach Alaska Corp. has stepped in as interim president and chief operating officer for the regional Alaska Native corporation, filling the posts left by the resignation of Gabriel Kompkoff.

Buretta thanked Kompkoff for nearly a decade of service and leadership with Chugach, expressing gratitude for him “helping steward Chugach through these critical years.”

Kompkoff served on the Chugach board from 2010 through 2011 before joining the company in 2012 as the leader of its commercial division, Chugach Commercial Holdings, and in 2012 he was named to be chief executive officer. Under his leadership, the company has had consistent growth in revenues and profitability, while building a more sustainable, diversified portfolio well-positioned to thrive in the future, corporate officials said.

The Nov. 15 announcement of leadership transition also noted that the corporation exceeded its 2019 financial targets an is well-positioned for continued growth in 2020 and beyond. A land exchange and establishment of a new Chugach Natives Trust are also coming together to create meaningful value for shareholders, the company said.

Buretta has served as chairman of Chugach since 1998.

She is also a board director for the Alaska Federation of Natives, Native American Contractors Association, Tatitlek Corp., University of Alaska Anchorage Board of Regents and Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska.