GTL Announces Deb Alderson as Chief Executive Officer

GTL Announces Deb Alderson as Chief Executive Officer

Former Sotera CEO’s history of leading successful companies will bolster GTL’s technology leadership and growth


Reston, Virginia (PR Newswire) – March 21, 2018GTL today announced that Deb Alderson has been named as Chief Executive Officer of GTL, joining the company on April 2nd. Alderson brings a history of past success and leadership to the company, most recently as CEO of Sotera Defense Solutions, which was acquired by KeyW Corporation in March 2017. Deb has spent the majority of her career in government services. In addition to Sotera, she served in leadership roles with SRA International, SAIC, and Anteon. Among other accolades, she earned a “Fed 100” award from Federal Computer Week as a leader who affects change, progress, and efficiency in determining how the federal government acquires, develops, and manages information technology.

“Deb is the right person to lead GTL and continue the company’s technology leadership,” said Michael Sand, GTL Board Chairman. “She has a passion for improving the corrections environment through GTL products, and her strong experience leading sales and service organizations will benefit our customers, inmates, and GTL employees. We are confident that Deb will elevate our already-strong leadership team and will be a highly-capable successor to Brian Oliver, the company’s retiring CEO. We greatly appreciate Brian’s leadership of GTL during a time of tremendous growth and transformation, as well as his assistance in executing a smooth transition of leadership. We look forward to continuing to work with him in his new capacity as an advisor to the company.”

Alderson brings a proven history of integrating acquired companies to drive business success to GTL, following a period when the company has executed a number of strategic moves to bolster its technology leadership position in the corrections industry. GTL acquired San Francisco-based Telmate in August 2017, which strengthened the company’s position as a provider of wireless tablets to the corrections market. GTL also acquired Nashville-based IDS in January 2017, which added education professionals and content to help prepare inmates for re-entry and reduce recidivism.

“I am excited to be joining GTL and leading the company during a period of tremendous opportunity,” said Alderson. “GTL’s products play a critical role in facilitating inmates’ connection to friends and family. I am excited about the opportunity for GTL products to continue to enhance communication, increase facility safety, and provide education opportunities to inmates. We will work to deliver these benefits to our corrections customers, while also improving the rehabilitation and re-entry of those who are incarcerated.”


About GTL
GTL leads the fields of correctional technology, education, and government payment services with visionary solutions and customized products that integrate seamlessly to deliver security, financial value, and operational efficiencies while aiding inmate rehabilitation and reducing recidivism rates. With the recent acquisition of Telmate, GTL has strengthened its suite of solutions for the corrections industry and expanded its community corrections portfolio with Telmate Guardian, a smartphone-based GPS monitoring solution. As a trusted industry leader, GTL provides services to over 2 million inmates in more than 2,500 correctional facilities in the United States and Canada, including more than 30 U.S. departments of corrections, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and many large city/county/provincial facilities. GTL is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, with an employee presence throughout North America. To learn more about GTL, please visit or social media sites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

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In the push to reduce the recidivism rate, correctional facilities are moving away from a traditional layout to one that is designed for inclusiveness and keeping inmates engaged with outside society. Studies have shown that maintaining a support structure is a key component to keeping inmates on the right path to successful reintegration into society after release. In Australia, a new maximum security prison opened this year that includes no cells. Instead, inmates are housed in dormitory-style accommodations with 25 inmates in 16 ‘pods’ that offer more access to education, entertainment, and communication with friends and families. This novel move seeks to enhance inmates’ daily lives by making these services more accessible and improve re-integration into society. Inmates have access to technology that connects them with friends and family members, news, books, movies, education, games, and more. They are required to work for up to five hours during the day and pursue education and other programs in the remaining time. This progressive approach aligns with GTL’s vision of technology and education being available to every inmate. “GTL has the technology portfolio to enable correctional facilities to execute their strategies,” said Gad Tobaly, President, GTL International. “Whether those strategies are similar to the open-plan jail approach or focus on a more traditional environment, we offer the innovations to help facilities become safer and more secure while providing inmates with access to programs that improve their lives during and after incarceration.” GTL creates new technologies and advocates for tablets, education, and other programs to help reduce recidivism rates. “These new facilities highlight the need for technology in corrections,” said Eric Gonzalez, Executive Director, Technology and Implementation Services. “Today’s inmates are digital natives, having grown up in the age of computers, cell phones, tablets, and more. It is only logical that providing them with technology and programs to learn and better themselves through those access points is the direction that corrections is taking.” As part of GTL’s ongoing mission to keep our offerings in line with global corrections trends, the company will once again be a sponsor at the International Corrections & Prisons Association (ICPA) Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held at the Montreal Marriott Chateau Champlain in Montreal, Canada. The conference theme of “Beyond Prisons: The Way Forward” will draw discussion on the underpinning philosophies, strategic direction, policies, and practices being instituted across the globe. More than 500 delegates from over 70 countries attend this prestigious conference. GTL and two collaborating organizations will present on two topics that relate to the use of technology in aiding the corrections and criminal justice systems. “Transforming the Inmate Environment: How and Why Facilities are Implementing Tablet Programs” will discuss how technology is used to humanize correctional efforts and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 11:00 a.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. “Virtual-Enabled Justice: Delivering Swifter Outcomes and Improved Victim and Witness Experience” will discuss the use of technology to create ‘virtual courts’ that fuel efficiency, safety, and security, and will take place on Tuesday, October 23rd at 3:30 p.m. in Maisonneuve A Room. To learn more about our technology solutions, contact GTL today.