Juneau - Sealaska Corp.'s chief operating officer, Sam Landol, has been appointed to the Obama administration's new Manufacturing Council.
Among Sealaska's subsidiaries are numerous manufacturing enterprises overseen by Landol. Sealaska is a regional Alaska Native corporation based in Juneau with 20,000 tribal-member shareholders.
The 24-member council will identify and recommend ways for the U.S. government to respond to challenges facing U.S. manufacturers and to help them increase their competitiveness, both at home and abroad, said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke announced the appointment last week at a Washington, D.C. press conference.
The Council is the premier national advisory committee on manufacturing, Sealaska said.
Landol's extensive experience will be important in providing the Council and the Obama administration with advice and counsel on issues and concerns that affect the manufacturing sector.
Sealaska President and CEO Chris McNeil Jr. praised the appointment and Landol.
"Sealaska's manufacturing operations continue to grow and provide valuable jobs in communities like Dothan, Alabama and Mt. Pleasant, Iowa," he said.
"The strength and profitability of our operations are a direct result of Sam's leadership and I couldn't be more proud that he will contribute his expertise to both Sealaska and the United States manufacturing family."
Landol has served as Sealaska's chief operating officer since February 2007. He previously served as president for European operations for Nypro, Inc. and president of Nypro Latin America.
"I am deeply pleased and honored to have been appointed to the Council," Landol said in a statement provided by Sealaska.
"Domestic manufacturing will play a vital role in rebuilding the nation's economy and I am looking forward to contributing to the Council's important work," he said.
Landol earned a bachelor's in electrical engineering from Pratt Institute and a master's in business administration from Harvard Business School.