GCI appoints new COO
General Communication Inc. (GCI) said that Greg Chapados is succeeding Wilson Hughes as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Chapados joined GCI in 2006 as senior vice president and served as lead on several strategic initiatives for the company, including the acquisition and integration of the United Companies, which led to the deployment of the Terra terrestrial broadband network.
Before joining GCI, Chapados was a managing director at two boutique investment banks specializing in the telecommunications and defense industries. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president at Crown Media, Hallmark Cards' cable MSO subsidiary.
The position Chapados is taking over was opened when Hughes was appointed CEO and president of the wireless joint venture formed by GCI and Alaska Communications. The two companies formed the Alaska Wireless Network (AWN) to own, integrate and operate their combined wireless assets.
AWN's formation is subject to regulatory approvals but is expected to close by the second quarter of 2013. In the interim, Hughes will serve as GCI’s executive vice president of wireless and lead a GCI team planning the post-closing transition to AWN.
Hughes has served as chief operating officer of GCI since 1991. Prior to GCI, Hughes served in executive and leadership roles in the communications, aviation, engineering and construction industries in Alaska.