CIRI’s executive management team has a combined total of more than 130 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.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Daniel Mitchell 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 heads up the company’s tax planning and compliance programs.
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. He joined the team in 2013 to manage the development of the Fireweed Business Center, CIRI's company headquarters in Anchorage.
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.
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.
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.
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 becoming acting general counsel in 2017. In 2018, Aicher assumed the position of general counsel.
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.
Vice President, Energy and Infrastructure
As CIRI’s vice president of Energy and Infrastructure, Settle is responsible for expanding investments 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. She was promoted to vice president of Energy and Infrastructure in 2019.