January 23, 2017- The Alaska Peninsula Corporation, the Alaska Native Village Corporation for the villages of South Naknek, Port Heiden, Kokhanok, Newhalen and Ugashik, announces the retirement of its long-time President and CEO, Mary Jane Nielsen, M.A. The Company also announces the hiring of Gerrie Ann L’Heureux as president and CEO, effective February 1st, 2017.
Ms. Nielsen’s career began at APC as a volunteer administrative assistant in 1978. Throughout her near 40 year history with the company, her roles progressed to clerk and book keeper, general manager and eventually to President/ CEO. She was instrumental in APC’s early pioneering efforts in the Bering Sea bottom fish industry and diversifying the company through its subsidiaries. These subsidiaries include Wētaviq Ltd, APC Services LLC, Wētaviq Universal Services LLC, Talarik Research & Restoration Services LLC, and Yukon Electric Inc. APC’s subsidiaries are engaged in governmental services and commercial contracting, their lines of service include facility support services, environmental consulting, construction services, remediation services and electrical.
Ms. L’Heureux has more than 30 years management experience in commercial and government services, and 15 years with an Alaska Native Corporation. Her broad knowledge and expertise throughout the marketplace is aligned with APC’s commitment to building a quality oriented standard for customer service, and to achieving market orientation with current and future customers. She earned her Master’s in Management from Florida Institute of Technology, is the mother of four sons, the grandmother of two, the wife of an accomplished test pilot and retired lieutenant-colonel of the U.S. Marine Corps.
The Alaska Peninsula Corporation Board of Directors applaud Mary Jane for her steadfast diligence to the company over a 40 year period, and welcomes Gerrie Ann as she embarks on an emerging plan of taking the company into the future, and to the next level of strategic growth and development.