Meet Our Management Team
Our Management Team holds the vital role of representing the interests of our employees, customers, and our communities.
As a result, we as a company are empowered to do what is right for our customers and community. We strive to provide excellent service, innovative solutions and value our work.
Meet the Management Team of Alaska Communications who help inspire these values and lead by example.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Matt McConnell serves as president and chief executive officer overseeing the organization as it executes its industry-leading expansion of connectivity to all Alaskans.
McConnell is an accomplished CEO, COO, entrepreneur, community leader, board chairman, independent director and Fortune 50 executive with more than three decades of experience driving profitable growth in technology companies.
Prior to joining Alaska Communications, McConnell served as CEO of MediaKind, a best-in-class media technology company. His experience also includes COO and advisor to the board and CEO at Cantaloupe, a global technology leader in self-service commerce; senior vice president and general manager at Comcast NBCUniversal; president and CEO of Troppus Software Corporation, a SaaS start-up providing customer care software services; and senior vice president at Level 3 Communications, a multinational telecommunications provider.
In addition to an accomplished business career, McConnell served as adjunct professor at University of Denver teaching graduate-level courses in leadership, ethics and strategy.
McConnell has an MBA from Colgate Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia, as well as a Bachelor of Science from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.
McConnell and his wife Aileen have two grown children, Jack and Katie, and enjoy travel, skiing, golf and hiking.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeff Vogt serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Alaska Communications, responsible for the strategic direction, management and daily operations of the organization. In this role, his primary focus is on delivering a best-in-class customer experience, driving enterprise innovation, and continuing to upgrade and expand our world-class fiber network to bring connectivity to all Alaskans.
Vogt is a telecom leader with more than 25 years of operations and business management experience and an extensive track record of building consumer, B2B and wholesale services businesses, growing revenue, and leveraging AI in operations to outperform results. Before joining Alaska Communications, he most recently served as executive vice president and general manager at Actif.AI, an artificial intelligence software start-up serving the telecommunications industry. Prior to that he has held executive management positions in the cable, telecommunications, data and software industries including at Cantaloupe, Inc., Comcast Corporation, Level 3 Communications, and AOL, Inc. among others.
Vogt earned a B.A. from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia and M.A. from The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Lisa are parents to two children.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Patrick Bergt leads the company’s legal and human resource functions, which include contract administration, regulatory compliance, regulatory advocacy, risk management, labor relations and other human resource functions.
Bergt is an experienced attorney with civil, criminal, municipal and regulatory experience in matters unique to Alaska. He received his law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California.
He’s a lifelong Alaskan and lives in Anchorage with his wife and two young children. He speaks Spanish and enjoys being outdoors.
Chief Financial Officer
Brea Schmidt serves as Chief Financial Officer, leading the company’s revenue, treasury, and finance departments. Ms. Schmidt joined the company in 2022. She has served in several leadership roles in private equity, most recently as vice president at Freedom 3 Capital, an investment firm that provides structured credit and equity capital. Prior to Freedom 3, Brea worked in private equity at Lone Star Funds and Paceline Equity Partners in Dallas, TX.
Brea holds a B.B.A. in finance and accounting from Washburn University. She was formerly a CFA charterholder and licensed CPA, both of which are currently inactive. She and her husband live in Anchorage with their two children.
Our Advisory Board
Meet Our Advisory Board Team
Comprised of Alaskans, the Alaska Communications Advisory Board brings unique community and customer perspectives to guide decision making. Together with the leadership team, the Advisory Board evaluates the needs of Alaska businesses and consumers, identifies new opportunities, serves as the eyes and ears in the community, acts as ambassadors for Alaska Communications, supports business development and creates dialog with community members and business and political leaders.