Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mark Dankberg co-founded ViaSat Inc. in 1986 and has led the company's rapid growth. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and CEO since the company's inception. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been one of America’s fastest-growing technology companies. Mr. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in aerospace, defense, and satellite communications, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He has co-authored several military standards on satellite networking, and holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies. Mr. Dankberg was named Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego in 2000, Satellite Industry Executive of the Year in 2003, and received the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace International Communications Award in 2008. He was a founding member of the board of directors of the San Diego Telecom Council (now CommNexus), and served on the San Diego County Regional Economic Advisory Board. Mr. Dankberg began his career with the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International, and Linkabit. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.