Employment Agreement between Alaska Communications Systems Group, Inc. and Diedre L. Williams effective September 22, 2019

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Exhibit 10.1


Alaska Communications



Hand Delivered



September 20, 2019

Diedre Williams

Vice President, Human Resources


Dear Diedre:


During your 16 years with Alaska Communications you have demonstrated consistent professional growth and accomplishment of business results. I’m pleased with your progression and have confidence you will continue to achieve a high level of success. Therefore, it is with excitement that I’m offering you a promotion to the position of Senior Vice President, Operations and People Matters effective September 22, 2019. In this capacity, you will be part of a highly professional team that is dedicated to advancing the company in its position as Alaska’s leading integrated telecommunications company. If you accept this offer, you will continue to report to me.


In this role, your annual base salary rate will be $235,000, delivered in bi-weekly payrolls, and a $141,000 (60% of your base salary rate) target annual cash incentive for an annualized target cash compensation total of $376,000. As always, your annual incentive is reliant upon Board of Directors (BOD) approval and governing plan documents.


Your actual incentive payment (a) will vary based on your and our Company’s performance, (b) is earned and paid only after completion of the year-end financial audit, (c) is paid only to employees who continue to be regular, full time employees at the time payment is made in the year following the performance year, and (d) is pro-rated your first year based on your actual time in the position. As always, your annual incentive is reliant upon Board of Directors (BOD) approval and governing plan documents. 


Another substantial component of your total compensation in this job is a target annual long-term incentive compensation award. Your total annual target long-term incentive compensation award as SVP, Operations and People Matters will be 80% of your base salary rate, comprised of retention and performance cash and/or equity compensation. We determine actual awards based on your role and performance of that role, and prorate for your actual time in the position. All awards are contingent upon Board of Directors (BOD) approval, governing plan documents, and your execution of required award documents.


Alaska Communications has developed a Corporate Compliance Program (CCP) and Protection of Proprietary Information Policy (PIP) to help employees meet the Company’s expectations. Adherence to all Alaska Communications Policies & Procedures is a condition of employment at Alaska Communications and new hires are expected to confirm their willingness to comply in writing. Copies of the current versions of both the CCP and PIP are attached for your advance review. By accepting our offer, you are agreeing to comply with these policies, as they may be amended from time to time in the future, and certify you are not obligated by any previously signed agreements that will preclude you from working at Alaska Communications.





Diedre Williams

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Offer Letter

September 20, 2019


In your position as an officer of our company, you will become privy to confidential and highly-sensitive competitive and proprietary information concerning our business, including but not limited to our customers, the products and services we offer, our finances, our business strategies, and our future plans. You agree that during your employment with us, and for a period of twelve months after termination of your employment, you will not become an officer, director, employee, contractor, consultant, partner, joint-venture, or otherwise enter a business relationship or service with any competitor of Alaska Communications in the markets we are serving at the time your employment terminates; and for a period of twelve months after termination of your employment you also agree that you will not offer, encourage or solicit any other officer or employee of Alaska Communications to leave the company or enter into an employment or business relationship with you or your subsequent employer. If and when you leave Alaska Communications, you agree that you will not make any disparaging statements, whether oral or written, about the company, its officers, directors, or employees or any aspect of its business. In addition, you agree to always protect all Alaska Communications’ confidential and proprietary information you learned as a result of your employment with us in accordance with the CCP and PIP.


As SVP, Operations and People Matters, you will also continue to be covered by the Alaska Communications Officer Severance Policy. It may be modified in the future and, as modified, will apply to you.


Business conditions change from time to time and the commitment to provide continuing employment and your total compensation package depends upon the Company’s success and continuing business requirements. As a result, I feel a responsibility to advise you that Alaska Communications is an “at will” employer. This means that either you or the Company can terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason, with or without cause. While I feel the need to share these cautions, please also know that I feel confident that you are continuing with an organization that will prevail as the premier Alaskan communications service provider.


Diedre, I’m looking forward to watching teams grow under your leadership. If you have questions about this offer, please do not hesitate to speak with me.




Respectfully yours,



Bill Bishop

Bill Bishop

Interim Chief Executive Officer




cc: Employee File



Accepted: Diedre Williams   Date: September 20, 2019
  Diedre Williams