In her prior position as Chugach Commercial Holdings, LLC (CCH) President, Hickel was instrumental in executing groundbreaking land development opportunities for the corporation, including our carbon offset project and Bering River coal rights transaction. With the recent passage of the Chugach Lands Study Act, which opens the door for a potential land exchange for Chugach, we recognize the importance of establishing a leadership role that can focus solely on nurturing these lands-related opportunities.
“As a shareholder, Josie has a deep personal connection to the Board’s 100-year vision of Intergenerational Prosperity, and an understanding of what it will take to achieve what Chugach leaders put in motion many years ago – a just land exchange for our shareholders,” said Board Chair Sheri Buretta. “I look forward to working closely with her on these projects.”
Hickel is a lifelong Alaskan with more than three decades of leadership experience at a range of commercial companies. Prior to joining Chugach, she served as chief administrative officer for Petro 49, Inc., where she directed administrative functions for its petroleum distribution and marine transportation operations throughout Alaska and the Yukon Territory. She is an active Board member and volunteer for several nonprofits, including the Alaska Sealife Center, Prince William Sound Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the Alaska Support Industry Alliance. She was inducted into the Athena Society in 2012 for outstanding leadership in both business and community service.
Todd Williams – current President of CCH subsidiary Heide & Cook (H&C) – has been appointed as the Interim CCH President. Under his leadership, we’ll continue driving progress within our commercial portfolio of companies while also planning for the next stage of growth.
“We are excited to lean on Todd’s vast experience with large multi-business companies. He brings new ideas and a passion for helping our business grow and mature,” said Chugach CEO Gabriel Kompkoff. “Our progress at H&C over the past several years is due in large part to his leadership, and we believe he can help bring that spirit of innovation to the entire CCH portfolio.”