We are very pleased to announce that Kristina Woolston from Quintillion will speak at Arctic Frontiers Business 2017. Kristina Woolston is Vice President External Relationsat Quintillion, a private company headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska that will build and operate the Quintillion Subsea Cable System. Quintillion’s fiber optic cable system will bring high speed internet to the Alaska communities of Nome, Kotzebue, Point Hope, Wainwright and Barrow, and expanded services to Alaska’s oil field, Prudhoe Bay in 2017. The Quintillion system will offer increased hi-speed capacity, lower latency, and critically-needed diverse and redundant communication routes at speeds faster than existing transmission rates, and operate at 50-90% less than existing satellite and microwave backhaul options. Quintillion plans to extend the system internationally to Asia and Europe, with additional spurs into Alaska and the Canadian Arctic.
Kristina’s career started as an intern for the late U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), before becoming the Assistant Director at the World Trade Center Alaska. Kristina then accepted the opportunity to be Director of Community Relations for NovaGold, a mineral’s exploration company leading the Donlin Creek Gold Project in Southwest Alaska. After NovaGold, Kristina spent ten years as Vice President Government Relations of Alaska’s largest Alaska Native village corporation and the fourth largest Alaska-based company, Chenega Corporation. February 2016, Kristina accepted the opportunity to be Vice President External Relations for Quintillion as they build the Quintillion Subsea Cable System. Kristina is originally from the village of Naknek in Southwest Alaska and is an Alaska Native shareholder with Bristol Bay Native Corporation and Paug-Vik Village Corporation, Ltd. Kristina graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Government. Kristina is former Chairman of the Board of the Native American Contractors Association. Kristina and her husband Tim Woolston live in Anchorage and have four children. Kristina and Tim are co-owners of Fat Ptarmigan Restaurant in downtown Anchorage, SMW Coffee Company and KTM Construction.