NANA Regional Corporation, Inc. (NANA) announced the retirement of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kasaŋnaaluk Marie N. Greene, effective Jan. 1, 2015.
“NANA shareholders and our region have benefited greatly under Kasaŋnaaluk’s 13 years of leadership,” said Nalikak Donald G. Sheldon, NANA’s board chairman. “Leadership positions require that the individual give up a great deal of personal time with family. I completely understand Marie’s decision to retire to spend more time with loved ones and cannot possibly thank her enough for her work at NANA. Although she will be leaving this position, I know she will remain involved with our corporation and region for many years to come.”
Greene has worked at NANA for 20 years. When she first took office as President/CEO in 2002, she made a public commitment through “The NANA Region Pledge of Unity” to improve working relationships with regional partners like the Northwest Arctic Borough, Maniilaq Association and the Northwest Arctic Borough School District, as well as tribal and city governments.
Under Greene, NANA renewed participation in the Northwest Arctic Leadership Team (NWALT), allocating funds and staff to help manage the organization. To date, the group has secured more than $30 million dollars in funding for regional priorities. The corporation has also moved to the forefront on Arctic issues through the Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC) and close relationships with the global Inuit community.
The 67-year-old Greene oversaw the growth of NANA during her tenure at the helm of the corporation. Milestones during her career include:
• The opening of the Aqqaluk Deposit at the Red Dog Mine ensuring that mining and the mine’s benefits to the region and shareholders will continue for the next 20 years
• The establishment of the NANA Elders’ Settlement Trust in 2008 with an initial investment of $32.5 million to provide needed income for shareholders 65 years of age and older
• Full funding and development of the Rosetta Stone Iñupiaq Language CD project in 2007 resulting in the production of language programs in both dialects of the Iñupiat of Northwest Alaska
• The establishment of $1 million in village economic development grants per NANA community
• The Exploration & Option to Lease Agreement with NovaCopper to examine the potential of the Upper Kobuk Mineral Projects (UKMP)
• Approximately $2 million in energy efficiency education and basic upgrades for regional homes through the Energy Wise project
• Improvement of shareholder employment and development programs at the Red Dog Mine
• The establishment of extensive shareholder outreach programs including Shareholder Forums and Listening Sessions, creating more avenues for dialogue between shareholders and the corporation.
“NANA is so much more than a corporation; it is part of our cultural identity, our hearts, of who we are as Iñupiat,” said Greene. “Working together we have seen our company grow and it’s really been a team approach. We have dedicated employees and our company is strong because of their determination and commitment. It has been a blessing to be part of NANA’s growth and its history.”
NANA will begin its executive search for the next president/CEO in the coming days through the board of directors recruitment team. Once the position is filled, the new president/CEO will begin work in Nov. 2014, alongside Greene, to allow for a seamless transition once her retirement goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.