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May 19, 2021

Weiss welcomed to First National Board of Directors

First National Bank Alaska has announced Janet Weiss as the newest addition to the bank’s Board of Directors. Weiss previously served as Regional President of BP Alaska for over seven years before all assets were transferred in a sale to Hilcorp Alaska. As president, she was responsible for BP’s oil and gas development and production.

“For more than 35 years, Janet has gathered firsthand knowledge of how important oil and gas production is for the Alaska economy,” said Board Chair and CEO Betsy Lawer. ”This grass-roots insight and hands-on local experience running a complex business in the most challenging of environments will be invaluable to the bank in its mission to help Alaskans, their businesses, and communities succeed.”

Weiss received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Oklahoma State University. She began her career in Alaska in 1986 as a process engineer before moving into reservoir engineering.

Weiss joins Lawer, Vice Chair Lucy Mahan, First National Bank Alaska President Doug Longacre, Adm. Tom Barrett, USCG (ret.), Perry Eaton, Margy Johnson, Jane Klopfer and Tom Tougas on the Board.

All the Directors were either elected or reelected to their Board positions during the bank’s annual shareholder meeting on April 27, 2021. Action was also taken to reelect Lawer as Chair, Mahan as Vice Chair and Eaton as Lead Director.

Alaskan-owned and -operated since 1922, First National proudly meets the financial needs of Alaskans with ATMs and branches in 18 communities throughout the state, and by providing banking services to meet their needs across the nation and around the world. In 2020, Alaska Business readers voted the bank the “Best of Alaska Business” in the Best Place to Work category for the fifth year in a row. In the same year, American Banker recognized First National as a “Best Bank to Work For” for the third year in a row, and Anchorage Daily News readers voted the bank one of the state’s top two financial institutions in the ADN “Best of Alaska” Awards. First National was also recognized as the most admired company in the state by MSN.com and received the Rita Sholton Large Business of the Year Award from the Alaska Chamber.

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