Senior Management


CIRI’s executive management team has extensive experience working on behalf of CIRI shareholders and and a track record of success. The strength of CIRI’s management is defined by the diverse experiences and skills each member brings to the team. The business acumen and expertise of the team is complemented by  respect for Alaska Native culture, people, villages and tribes in the Cook Inlet region, and a respect and appreciation for CIRI employees.

Sophie Minich

President and Chief Executive Officer

Sophie Minich became CIRI’s president and chief executive officer in January 2013. In this capacity, Minich is responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s corporate strategies, programs, 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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Daniel Mitchell

Chief Financial Officer

Daniel Mitchell oversees CIRI’s Finance and Accounting and Business Development departments. He is responsible for CIRI’s financial management, accounting and internal control systems and budget and financial reporting matters. He also directs efforts to make new investments, conducts and leads due diligence for new acquisitions, and heads up the company’s tax planning and compliance programs.

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Chad Nugent

Chief Operating Officer

As CIRI’s chief operating officer, Chad Nugent oversees the company’s diverse business operations and ensures execution of its comprehensive goals for performance and growth.

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Stephanie Aicher

Vice President, General Counsel

Stephanie Aicher is CIRI’s lead in-house counsel, responsible for the Company’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 assuming the position of general counsel in 2018.

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Rhonda Oliver

Vice President, Corporate Controller

As CIRI’s corporate controller, Rhonda Oliver is responsible for the design, implementation and supervision of all accounting systems, financial reporting, financial controls, budgeting and treasury functions. She also ensures the internal control procedures of the company and its subsidiaries are followed.

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Suzanne Settle

Vice President, Energy, Land, and Resources

As CIRI’s vice president of Energy, Land and Resources, Suzanne Settle is responsible for expanding investments in U.S. power infrastructure as well as in oil and gas resources by promoting responsible development on CIRI’s vast portfolio of Cook Inlet land holdings. She joined CIRI in 2009, leading a team that built an energy portfolio consisting of wind power, gas storage, natural gas combined-cycle power, and resource development investments in both the Cook Inlet and Nenana basins of Alaska.

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Sarah Lukin

Chief Strategy Officer

As Chief Strategy Officer, Sarah Lukin plays a key role in identifying long- and short-term business strategies for CIRI while ensuring the organization maintains strategy at the forefront of decision making and management of its resources.

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