Calista says CEO terminated

Posted: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ANCHORAGE - Calista Corp. says its board of directors has terminated the longtime president and chief executive of the Native corporation.

Matthew Nicolai, who has been on leave, is the subject of a sexual and workplace harassment lawsuit filed in August by the former president of a Calista subsidiary.

Calista spokesman Lincoln Garrick says an independent investigator looked into the allegations for the board.

Garrick says he can not discuss the findings because it is a personnel matter. But he adds the board acted Sunday to terminate Nicolai based on the findings.

The 57-year-old Nicolai could not immediately be reached for comment Monday.

At the same meeting Sunday, the board appointed acting CEO Andrew Guy to replace Nicolai on a permanent basis.

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