Satellite Industry Veteran, Dave Ryan, to Lead Viasat’s Space Systems Business
CARLSBAD, Calif., June 20, 2018 - Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, announced today Dave Ryan will lead the Company’s Space Systems business, effective immediately. Ryan will provide strategic guidance and oversight for the satellite system design, fabrication, test and operations of Viasat’s highly-technical and complex global satellite constellation roadmap. In addition to leading overall spacecraft development, Ryan will also lead the teams focused on satellite and launch system procurement and partnerships.
Dave Ryan joined Viasat in 2016. He brought a wealth of experience leading programs, teams and businesses in the space systems industry, having served as President of Boeing Satellite Systems International and having held similar senior-level roles at Northrop Grumman.
“Dave is a natural choice and leader to help execute on our global space systems communications vision. He is an influential business and technical leader with deep industry knowledge, experience and passion. He thinks outside the box and brings unique perspectives to drive the future of our space systems business,” said Rick Baldridge, president and chief operating officer, Viasat. “Further, Dave’s proven career success will help drive Viasat’s satellite system development and production efforts—which is critical as Viasat breaks further away from traditional satellite methods to bring high-quality, satellite-based internet directly to more people, more geographies and more markets.”
Ryan added, “Viasat has been and will continue to be a disruptor in the satellite communications marketplace. The Company is altering the technology’s future, challenging traditional satellite thinking and bringing new techniques to market to solve the unique problem: how to bring affordable, secure internet anywhere. I’m proud to be leading the Company’s next-generation space systems initiatives, which will enable Viasat’s commercial, government and consumer customers to connect to content that matters—using the most advanced spacecraft technologies.”
Ryan will oversee teams based in both Carlsbad, Calif., as well as Tempe, Ariz. The Arizona facility includes Viasat’s clean room high bay, which is used for state-of-the-art satellite payload assembly and test.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people’s lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com, go to Viasat’s Corporate Blog, or follow the Company on social media at: Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter or YouTube.
This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbors created under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Forward looking statements include statements about Viasat’s introduction of new technologies and solutions and the benefits associated therewith, the execution of Viasat’s global satellite constellation, and Mr. Ryan’s contributions thereto. Readers are cautioned that actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ include: contractual problems, product defects, manufacturing issues or delays, regulatory issues, and technologies not being developed according to anticipated schedules, or that do not perform according to expectations. In addition, please refer to the risk factors contained in Viasat's SEC filings available at www.sec.gov, including Viasat's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Viasat undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason.
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