Mead Treadwell

Mead Treadwell

President, Pt Capital and Former Lt. Governor, Alaska


Mead Treadwell is President of Pt Capital, a Private Equity investor in Alaska, Canada, Greenland and Iceland. Treadwell received Japan’s Foreign Minister’s Award from Nobutaka Machimura in 2005 for work in US-Japan relations. He was a 1981 Japan Society Business Fellow at Sanwa Bank.

Alaskans elected Treadwell their Lt. Governor, 2010-2014, with Governor Sean Parnell.  He was – during his term – chair of the Aerospace States Association consisting of Governors/Lt. Governors from across the US. He continues to represent the State of Alaska as chair of an interstate compact advocating for a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.

President George W. Bush appointed him Commissioner, US Arctic Research Commission, 2001-2010, and Chair from 2006, continuing under President Barack Obama.  

He had previously served in Alaska Governor Wally Hickel’s cabinet as Deputy Commissioner of Environmental Conservation and helped implement state and federal oil pollution laws he helped write as part of the response to the 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. He also worked on LNG export strategies for Governors Jay Hammond, Wally Hickel and William A. Egan.

A 1978 BA graduate of Yale and the Harvard Business School (MBA 1982), Treadwell was a founding officer of LNG project-promoter Yukon Pacific Corporation, global digital watermarking leader Digimarc (NASDAQ:DMRC), and chair of Immersive Media Corporation (TVX:IMC), which pioneered StreetView for Google and is now a subsidiary of Digital Domain.  

He now chairs the global communications satellite firm Iridium’s Polar Advisory Board (NASDAQ:IRDM), and is a director of Alaska-based cargo airline Ryan Air and Baltimore-based Ellicott Dredges, a subsidiary of Markel Corporation (NYSE: MKL) which sells dredges produced in Europe and the US to global markets.  

From 1997-2010, coincident with his business activities, he served as Managing Director or Senior Fellow at the Institute of the North, an Alaska-based think-tank founded by Governor Wally Hickel. There he worked on Arctic cooperation, and also worked closely between the US and Japan to promote an integrated missile defense shield for both countries. He was a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Arctic, 2012-2016 (with former Minister of Justice and Minister of State for Gender Equality and Social Affairs Yoko Kamikawa.)

He chairs the NGO Arctic Circle’s Report on Arctic Shipping and Ports, and at the USARC was the financial sponsor of the Arctic Council's Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment, approved by foreign ministers in 2009.  He advocated Japan’s entry into the Arctic Council as an observer nation, and as a leading Arctic policy expert, speaks frequently around the world about Arctic economic opportunity and environmental protection.