Mark Dankberg Becomes Viasat Exec Chairman; Rick Baldridge to Serve as CEO

Mark Dankberg, chairman and former CEO of Viasat, has been named executive chairman at the Carlsbad, California-based communications firm and succeeded by President Rick Baldridge as its chief executive.

Dankberg will continue to chair Viasat's board of directors and be responsible for driving business direction and strategic technology efforts in his new position, the company said Thursday.

Baldridge has held the president and chief operating officer roles over the past four years, providing guidance for the firm's government systems, space and commercial and broadband services business segments.

Viasat made the leadership changes as it prepares for a mission to launch its new global satellite platform designed to offer a broadband network capacity of 1K gigabits per second.

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