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Edward J. (Ned) Hayes, Jr.
Chairman of the Board of Directors

Edward J. (Ned) Hayes, Jr. Mr. Hayes is currently a private investor in, and consultant to, the high tech industry. In January of 2015, he announced his retirement as senior vice president and chief financial officer (“CFO”) of Aviat Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: AVNW) a leading company in wireless transmission and networking solutions for the mobile and non-mobile markets. He joined Aviat Networks in October of 2011 after serving as the CFO of Pillar Data Systems, Inc., a privately held enterprise data storage company. Prior to joining Pillar, Mr. Hayes served as executive vice president and CFO of Quantum Corporation (NYSE: QTM), a global leader in data back-up, recovery and archive storage. He joined Quantum after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of DirecTV Broadband, Inc. Prior to DirecTV Broadband, Mr. Hayes served as executive vice president and CFO at Telocity, Inc. (Nasdaq: TLCT), and financial vice president and CFO in two of Lucent Technologies’ divisions, including the $20 billion global service provider business. He has also held senior financial management positions at other multinational companies such as Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), Asea Brown Boveri (ABB), and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Hayes is a Board Leadership Fellow with the National Association of Corporate Directors (“NACD”). He has previously served as an independent director and chair of the audit committee of New Wave Research, Inc. and as an independent director and chair of the audit committee of NPTest, Inc. Mr. Hayes has served as an advisor to the President and CEO of Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Nasdaq: SMCI) after having served the company as an independent director and chair of the audit committee. Mr. Hayes conducted his graduate studies in accounting and finance at New York University’s Stern Graduate School of Business and received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Colgate University in New York.

Margaret (Margie) L. Brown

Margaret (Margie) L. Brown, a director since June 2012, is the former president and CEO of CIRI, an Alaska Native corporation. Brown held the position of CIRI president and CEO from 2005 to 2013. Brown held several management positions within CIRI during her career since joining in 1976. During her more than 35 years at CIRI, Brown led the corporation through significant growth by diversifying its interests across several industries crucial to Alaskans. Brown worked with state and federal agencies, as well as the U.S. Congress, to help implement the Cook Inlet Land Exchange, widely considered one of the largest land exchanges in the nation’s history. Brown currently serves on several other boards, including the Student Conservation Association, the National Museum of the American Indian, Commonwealth North and the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Brown is also a member of advisory boards for Alaska Airlines and the University of Alaska Anchorage Honors College. Her leadership in Alaska has been recognized with an Athena Award in 2012, the fDi Magazine business personality of the year award in 2008, and the Alaska Business Hall of Fame laureate honor in 2009. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Colorado. Brown is a lifelong Alaskan of Yup’ik descent and was raised in Takotna, a small village in central Alaska, and currently resides in Anchorage.

David W. Karp

David W. Karp, a director since March 2011, is the President and COO of Saltchuk Air Cargo, Inc., managing Northern Air Cargo, Inc. and Aloha Air Cargo, Inc. These airlines operate a fleet of Boeing 737 and SAAB aircraft within the states of Alaska, Hawaii, the contiguous U.S. states, Canada and Mexico. Mr. Karp previously served as the Vice President and COO of Anchorage-based Hawaiian Vacations for nearly seven years. Hawaiian Vacations transported approximately 50,000 vacationers between Alaska and Hawaii every year utilizing chartered Boeing 767 aircraft owned by Hawaiian Airlines. Before that, Mr. Karp served as the Executive Director of the Alaska Tourism Marketing Council, overseeing the cooperative tourism marketing efforts between the State of Alaska and over 1000 private sector tourism businesses. Mr. Karp also serves as a member of the Alaska Pacific University Board of Trustees. He is the past Chairman of the Board for the Alaska Aviation Museum. Mr. Karp is a graduate from the University of Oregon, and he completed the Owner President Manager Program at the Harvard School of Business in March 2011. He is also a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors where he has completed the board leadership course and is pursuing his NACD fellowship.

Peter D. Ley

Peter D. Ley is currently a private investor. In June 2015 he retired from the position of CFO of Hargray Holdings, LLC, a provider of cable television and telecommunications services serving coastal regions of South Carolina and Georgia. He held this position from 2012 to 2015. Prior to joining Hargray, Mr. Ley served as CFO of Connexion Technologies, an operator of residential communications networks for gated communities and high-rise towers. In April of 2012, Connexion filed for voluntary reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Prior to joining Connexion in November 2007, Mr. Ley served for seven years as a managing director at Bank of America Securities, responsible for managing client relationships with the U.S. telecommunications industry. Prior to joining Bank of America, he served as CFO of Pennsylvania-based Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Ley has also served as an investment banker at Dominick & Dominick, Furman Selz, Robert Fleming, Morgan Grenfell and Salomon Brothers. Mr. Ley holds an MBA from Harvard University in Massachusetts and a BA from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Shawn O'Donnell

Shawn O'Donnell has over 25 years of operations experience in the telecommunications industry. Mr. O’Donnell is a Managing Director of FTI Consulting and most recently served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Asset Holdings, a telecommunications company based in the USVI. In 2013, Mr. O’Donnell served as a member of the board of directors of CTIA: The Wireless Association, an international industry trade group that represents the wireless communications industry. From 2011 through 2012, Mr. O’Donnell served as the President and Chief Executive Officer, International Services Division of Primus Telecommunications, a provider of advanced telecommunication services. From 2008 through 2011, Mr. O’Donnell served as the Chief Executive Officer and President and a member of the board of directors of Arbinet Corporation, a provider of international voice and IP solutions to carriers and service providers globally. From April 2007 until September 2008, Mr. O’Donnell served as a Senior Director of CXO Corporation, which specializes in management and operational consulting. From March 2003 through December 2006, Mr. O’Donnell was a member of Capital and Technology Advisors, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the telecommunications and technology sectors, serving as Chief Operating Officer from July 2005 through December 2006. His corporate experience began at MCI where he held various engineering and operations management positions and continued as Executive Vice President of Network Services & Systems for Pathnet, a provider of long haul telecommunications capacity.

Brian A. Ross

Brian A. Ross, a director since October 2011, is an independent consultant. Until December 2012, Mr. Ross served as President and Chief Executive Officer of KnowledgeWorks, an educational non-profit that provides to teachers, administrators and local community leaders innovative methodologies that more effectively prepare students for college and 21st century careers. Prior to joining KnowledgeWorks, Mr. Ross had a successful, 13-year-tenure at Cincinnati Bell, where he served four years as Chief Financial Officer and two years as Chief Operating Officer. He is a member of the boards of Downtown Cincinnati, Inc., and Ursuline Academy. Mr. Ross holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, mathematics and statistics from Miami University and a Master of Arts degree in statistics from the University of California.

Anand Vadapalli

Anand Vadapalli serves as President and Chief Executive Officer for Alaska Communications, Alaska’s premier broadband and IT managed services provider. Mr. Vadapalli joined Alaska Communications in August 2006, and served in several leadership roles including Chief Operating Officer, before taking his current role as CEO in February 2011. He is leading Alaska Communications through a period of intense competitive and regulatory change, positioning the company for long-term shareholder value creation.

Vadapalli is active in the community, having previously chaired the United Way Workplace Campaign Committee and has served on the Board of Trustees at the University of Alaska Foundation and the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation board.

Vadapalli currently serves on the Board of Directors of Premera Blue Cross, a leading health insurance provider in the Pacific Northwest, headquartered in Seattle, Wash.

Vadapalli has worked in the telecom sector for the last 17 years, including previous technology and business executive positions at Valor Telecom, Network Telephone Corporation and Broadwing/Cincinnati Bell. Prior to his work in the telecom sector in the United States, he worked in India for five years in manufacturing and consulting. Vadapalli holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, as well as a Post Graduate diploma in management from the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta, India.

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