ACS Announces New Vice President, Process Transformation & IT

Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. ("ACS") (NASDAQ:ALSK), Alaska's leading integrated communications provider, today announced the appointment of Russell Girten as Vice President, Process Transformation & Information Technology. This is a new leadership position at ACS, designed to leverage the Companys legacy in wireline as it builds an outstanding Enterprise line of business. Girten will drive ACS continuous process transformation, advance its IT operation, and strategically develop its billing operations. He assumes the role effective today.

Russells experience as a leader of strategy and technology will further ACS aggressive transformation into a 21st century provider of Enterprise solutions. Im confident that Russell will bring the expertise and energy that ACS requires as it transforms its processes and scales its IT operations, said Anand Vadapalli, Senior Vice President, Network & IT.

Girten comes to ACS with a successful track record of process and business transformation, product development and IT work. Most recently he served with IBM as an Associate Partner Global Telecommunications Center of Excellence. He previously was Director of Reengineering Implementation at Pacific Bell and prior to that served as a manager of national network and private line services at Sprint.

Joining a company thats focused on serving the unique needs of Alaska customers who demand state-of-the-art technology, in such a geographically distinct place, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It leverages my many years of experience in transforming telecom companies and appeals to my sense of adventure and love of challenge. My family and I are truly excited to be part of ACS and the Anchorage community, said Girten.

About Alaska Communications Systems

Headquartered in Anchorage, ACS is Alaska's leading provider of broadband and other wireline and wireless solutions to Enterprise and mass market customers. The ACS wireline operations include the state's most advanced data networks and, to be launched in early 2009, the only diverse undersea fiber optic system connecting Alaska to the contiguous United States. The ACS wireless operations include the only statewide 3G CDMA network, reaching across Alaska from the North Slope to Ketchikan, with coverage extended via best-in-class CDMA carriers in the Lower 49 and Canada. By investing in the fastest-growing market segments and attracting the highest-quality customers, ACS seeks to drive top- and bottom-line growth, while continually improving customer experience and cost structure through process improvement. More information can be found on the company's website at or at its investor site at


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