Senior Management

CIRI’s executive management team has a combined total of 83 years working on behalf of the company and contributing to its success. The strength of CIRI’s management is defined by the diverse experiences and skills each member brings to the team. The financial and legal expertise complements the team’s respect for CIRI employees, Alaska Native culture and the people, villages and tribes of the Cook Inlet region.




Sophie Minich

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Minich became CIRI’s president and chief executive officer in January 2013. As CIRI president and CEO, Minich is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s corporate strategies, programs and policies and procedures. She oversees all the company’s business operations and is the primary contact with the company’s stakeholders.

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Sophie Minich



Stig Colberg

Chief Financial Officer

Stig Colberg oversees CIRI’s Finance and Accounting Department and the Business Development Department. He is responsible for CIRI’s financial management, its accounting and internal control systems, and the company’s budget and financial reporting matters. He also leads efforts to make new investments, conducts and leads due diligence for new acquisitions and is in charge of the company’s tax planning and compliance programs.

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Stig Colberg



Barbara A. Donatelli

Senior Vice President

Barbara Donatelli joined CIRI in 1980 and has been a vice president of the company since 1987. In her current position as Senior Vice President, Donatelli is responsible for government relations, shareholder services, public relations, human resources, information technology and serves as the company’s chief administrative officer.

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Barbara Donatelli


Ethan Schutt

Senior Vice President, Land and Energy Development

Ethan Schutt oversees CIRI’s land and energy development departments including the exploration and leasing of those lands for oil and gas, mineral and other natural resource development. He also directs CIRI’s efforts in developing renewable and alternative energy projects.

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Ethan Schutt


Gregory P. Razo

Vice President, Government Relations

Greg Razo heads up the corporation’s legislative initiatives and engagement with Alaska’s congressional delegation and state lawmakers. Razo is also CIRI’s representative with the Alaska Federation of Natives and is active with many of CIRI’s nonprofit affiliates.

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Greg Razo


Chad Nugent

Vice President, Real Estate

Chad Nugent is responsible for CIRI’s Real Estate department, managing CIRI’s diverse property investments in and outside of Alaska. He joined CIRI in 2013 to assist in the development of the Fireweed Business Center and other projects, and quickly proved himself as an indispensable member of the CIRI management team.

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Chad Nugent


Thomas Holder

Vice President, Business Development and Operations

Thom Holder helps lead CIRI’s Business Development and Operations functions. These activities include the strategy formulation and execution for acquisitions and investments, working with partners to allocate a diversified portfolio and implement shared benefits across CIRI’s operations and investments.

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Thom Holder


Stephanie Aicher

Acting General Counsel

Stephanie Aicher is CIRI’s lead in-house counsel, responsible for CIRI’s legal and corporate compliance matters. Aicher joined CIRI in 2012 as associate counsel and oversaw legal matters related to real estate development projects before becoming acting general counsel in 2017.

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Stephanie Aicher