General Communication, Inc. (GCI) announced that former NBCUniversal executive Bridget Baker was appointed to its board of directors.

With Baker’s appointment, GCI said it had expanded its board to nine members.

Baker was a founder of CNBC and NBCUniversal's first president of TV Networks Distribution, where, over the span of two decades, she successfully built the value of the company's top-rated portfolio of broadcast and cable networks. As TVND president and a member of the company's management committee, she oversaw the North American distribution of NBCUniversal's content across the cable, satellite, and telecommunications industry.

GCI said Baker was credited with developing NBCUniversal's cable assets from inception, transforming the company from a dominant broadcaster of the 1990s to a multi-platform programmer.

Baker has been recognized with numerous industry accolades, including the National Cable Television Association's Vanguard Award for Distinguished Leadership last year 2012 

In 2008, Baker was the only woman inducted to Cable TV Pioneers. Baker serves as a director on the boards of the Cable Center at the University of Denver, and Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif.

Baker was raised in southeast Alaska and her first job out of college was on Capitol Hill as a legislative aide to the late United States Senator Ted Stevens.

"Bridget brings a unique business, industry and political perspective to the GCI board," said Ron Duncan, GCI president and chief executive officer. "Her experience and insight will prove quite relevant to our core communications business, as well as to our newer media and broadcast investments such as Denali Media."  

GCI is the largest telecommunications company in Alaska. GCI's cable plant, which provides broadband data services, video, and voice, passes 78 percent of Alaska households