Alaska Power & Telephone’s board has tapped cable TV and satellite industry veteran William Marks as its next president and CEO effective February 1. Marks succeeds Michael Garrett, who previously announced his planned retirement after more than 34 years with AP&T.
In a joint statement, the AP&T Board of Directors said, “We want to express our sincere gratitude to Mike Garrett for his leadership and extensive contributions to AP&T, our employee-owners, our customers, and the communities we serve. His dedicated care and concern for all our stakeholders will be a hallmark of Mike’s tenure as CEO.”
Garrett will serve as Marks' senior advisor through March 31, 2024, to effect a seamless transition.
Marks comes to AP&T with over thirty years of cable TV and satellite industry experience. Notably, he was a founder and President of DBS Direct/DIRECTV, which was the first direct-to-home satellite television network, and CEO of Seamobile, the parent company of Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), which provided the first satellite broadband connectivity to the cruise ship industry, including the ships that frequent Southeast Alaska.
The AP&T Board said Marks stood out from a large pool of internal and external candidates. “We believe Bill’s leadership success, combined with the commitment and strength of AP&T’s employee-owners, will allow AP&T to be the provider of choice for our customers and a strong contributing force to the well-being of the communities throughout Alaska that we are so privileged to serve,” AP&T’s board said in a statement.