NANA announces new Commercial Group president


May 8, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska—NANA announced today that John L. Hendrix will join NANA as president of its growing Commercial Group, and will oversee the performance and growth of NANA’s commercial businesses. The Commercial Group is comprised of subsidiaries that support resource development projects, as well as other industries including healthcare and education, throughout Alaska and in the Lower 48.

Hendrix brings almost four decades of experience in the energy industry—in Alaska, the Lower 48 and internationally. He most recently held a position on Gov. Bill Walker’s Cabinet as chief oil and gas advisor, where he successfully facilitated growth with oil and gas companies working in Alaska.

“I am pleased to welcome John to our team at NANA. He is a respected voice in the energy industry and committed to Alaska’s future,” said Wayne Westlake, NANA president and CEO. “John has made significant progress during his time in the Governor’s office. He sees opportunities for NANA and believes in our mission to provide opportunities for shareholders, the region and Alaska.”

Hendrix will step into his new role as president of NANA’s Commercial Group on May 21, 2018. His extensive energy background includes roles at industry leaders such as Apache and BP. He has also consulted for energy executives, corporate boards and government leaders, including the U.S. Interior Secretary. An Alaskan deeply engaged in the community, Hendrix currently serves as Trustee President of the Boys & Girls Club of Alaska.

“I have the deepest respect for the work done by NANA to advocate for shareholders and economic development in the region and the state,” said Hendrix. “NANA leads the way in representing and advocating for opportunities in the Arctic, and this is an opportunity to help further that mission, and to grow the Commercial Group’s presence in Alaska and beyond.”

The Commercial Group employs more than 2,500 Alaskans and over 500 NANA shareholders. Through profit sharing mandated by the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act’s 7(i) provision, NANA is one of the largest contributors of revenue distributed among all Alaska Native Corporations—revenue that flows through every industry of Alaska’s economy.

About NANA
NANA Regional Corporation is a for-profit Alaska Native Corporation with a social responsibility to its 14,300 Inupiat shareholders from Northwest Alaska. NANA has three core business areas: resource development on NANA lands, services to the U.S. Government through its Federal Group of companies, and services to a wide variety of customers—including Alaska’s natural resources industries—through its Commercial Group subsidiaries.


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