ANCHORAGE (AP) -- John Shively is Holland America Line's new public face in Alaska.
The former state natural resources commissioner has been hired as vice president of government affairs and community relations at Holland America, one of Alaska's biggest tourism companies.
He replaces longtime Holland America executive Al Parrish, who left to run Providence Health System of Alaska.
Shively, 58, is a longtime player in Alaska politics but most recently has been senior partner of Jade North, a natural resource consulting firm.
Before that, Shively held the top job at the Department of Natural Resources under former Gov. Tony Knowles for six years.
Shively was chief operating officer for NANA Development Corp., a subsidiary of a regional Native corporation. He also worked as former Gov. Bill Sheffield's chief of staff, a job from which he resigned amid a scandal about steering a state offices contract in Fairbanks to a union leader.
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