November 25, 2014
Juneau, Alaska—After an extensive search, the Board of Directors has selected Richard Irwin as the next President and CEO of Goldbelt, Incorporated. The current President and CEO Robert Loiselle announced his retirement this summer. Mr. Irwin will begin on December 15, 2014.
“We chose Richard because of his extensive knowledge in government contracting and experience with 8(a) certified ANCSA corporations,” says Chairman Joe Kahklen. “We are looking forward to moving Goldbelt to the next level with Richard’s knowledge and experience.”
Richard Irwin began his government career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). His many years with the CIA provided him with knowledge in foreign governments, Federal, state, local, and the private sector.
At the request of the CIA’s Executive Director, Mr. Irwin developed and implemented plans and procedures focusing on prevention and preparedness to decrease threats to the CIA after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Afterwards, Mr. Irwin was deployed to Afghanistan to develop and implement security/force protection measures. After distinguishing himself in Afghanistan, Mr. Irwin was assigned to the White House to serve as the Director of Incident Management in the Office of Homeland Security. Mr. Irwin was elevated to the position of Director of Incident Management for the Homeland Security Council, serving in this capacity until he was appointed Director of Incident Management for the US Department of Homeland Security at the request of the DHS Secretary.
Mr. Irwin departed DHS and retired from the CIA, and began as Vice President of Alutiiq’s Homeland Security Division. In this position he oversaw the growth of the ANCSA corporation from 3,600 employees to 7,200 employees as well as increasing revenues from $150M to $880M.
Mr. Irwin is also the author of KH601 “And Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free”, My Life in the Central Intelligence Agency, published by Fortis Publishing in May 2010.
“I welcome the opportunity to serve Goldbelt as its new President and CEO and look forward to working with the Board of Directors, the Goldbelt management team, and all of Goldbelt’s employees in ensuring that Goldbelt continues to be a successful Alaska Native Urban Corporation,” Richard states. “I am honored to represent this great company and am committed to seeing that it continues to make a significant and positive difference in the lives of its shareholders while preserving the rich culture and heritage of the Tlingit and Haida people.”