Siu Alaska Corporation (Siu) announces that former ADF&G Commissioner Cora Campbell has been selected and hired as its new Chief Executive Officer. Campbell will replace retiring CEO John Eckels who has led Siu from its beginnings six years ago.
Born and raised in Petersburg, Alaska, Campbell comes to Siu with a lifelong involvement in Alaska’s fisheries. Now, residing in Anchorage, Campbell will focus on becoming familiar with Siu’s various investments and partners, and working with the Siu Board of Directors to chart a mutual vision, leading Siu in its future endeavors.
Through her time serving on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), Campbell is well versed with Siu’s parent company, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC), and the Community Development Quota (CDQ) program. “With her experience with the State of Alaska, she is familiar with the CDQ program and understands the communities in the Norton Sound region,” Siu Board Chairman Don Stiles said.
“Her extensive knowledge of state and federal fisheries, as a whole, will no doubt strengthen and bring solid vision to our corporation.”
“I have long been impressed with NSEDC and the dedication of the staff,” Campbell said. “I look forward to strengthening the for-profit subsidiary, working with the Siu board in making wise investments that will further benefit NSEDC’s member communities.”
Campbell will work from the Anchorage office and for two months with John Eckels, who will officially retire from the company in March. Eckels says he will leave the company in very capable hands and looks forward to spending summers with his wife at their cabin “off the grid” in Seldovia. In the winter, they plan on traveling and spending time with family. “I leave knowing I helped Siu Alaska Corporation find its place in the world and that it’s now in position to move to greater heights,” Eckels said.
Campbell will begin as Siu Alaska Corporation CEO on February 1, 2015. Siu is invested in six different commercial fishing ventures in the Bering Sea and is directed by a seven-member board.