President & Chief Executive Officer and Board Director
Rick Baldridge is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Viasat, Inc. He is responsible for the executive and operational leadership of the Company, with a focus on building and growing a customer-centric organization that will continue to deliver compelling global services and products. He oversees the corporate strategy and operations for the organization, guiding and evaluating the Company’s three operating segments (Broadband Services, Government Systems and Space & Commercial Networks) and cultivating and maintaining relations with the investor community.
Rick joined Viasat in 1999 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added the positions of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2000. He was appointed President in 2003 and then named Chief Executive Officer in November 2020.
During Rick’s tenure, Viasat has grown organically and through acquisitions by more than a factor of 10, to a multi-billion dollar technology company. Rick’s leadership has helped Viasat evolve from a product manufacturer to a global services provider, now serving as a major prime contractor and technology partner to companies worldwide.
Rick has been featured in The San Diego 500, a list of influential business leaders in Southern California. He was elected to the Board of Directors of Viasat in 2016, as well as serves as a director of Ducommun Incorporated, a provider of engineering and manufacturing services to the aerospace and defense industries, and EvoNexus, a San Diego based non-profit technology incubator.
Rick came to Viasat from Raytheon Corporation where he was Vice President and General Manager of Raytheon Training Systems. With more than 4,000 employees in the division, Rick held day-to-day management responsibilities, overseeing finance, legal, marketing and overall corporate operations.
Other experience includes roles as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance and Administration for Hughes Information Systems and Hughes Training Inc., before the divisions were acquired by Raytheon in 1997. Rick also held various senior management roles within General Dynamics Corporation.
Rick graduated with a BS in Business Administration, with an emphasis in Information Systems, from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, where he is a member of the NMSU School of Business Hall of Fame.