Mr. Ergen is our Chairman of the Board. In 2001, Mr. Ergen was the first person to ever win the Rocky Mountain News' Business Person of the Year for a second time, being recognized for the same award in 1996. Mr. Ergen was named to the Forbes Magazine Top Ten CEO's list and as the Frost & Sullivan 2001 CEO of the Year for Satellite Industry. In 2000, Aviation Week Magazine named him Space Industry Business Man of the Year. In June 1991, INC. Magazine named him Master Entrepreneur of the Year for the Rocky Mountain region. In 1988, he received the Home Satellite TV Association Star Award. Mr. Ergen was instrumental in fighting for consumer rights with the passage of the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act in 1999 which gave American consumers the right to watch local TV channels via satellite. He has also testified before Congress regarding other video competition issues on numerous occasions and was a co-founder of the Satellite Broadcasting Communications Association. He received his B.S. in General Business and Accounting from the University of Tennessee and his M.B.A from the Babcock Graduate School of Management at Wake Forest University.
Michael T. Dugan CEO, President and Director
In November 2009, Mr. Dugan was named the company's President and CEO. Mr. Dugan has served as a member of our board of directors since October 2007, and previously served in several executive roles at the combined company from 1990-2004 prior to EchoStar's spinoff from DISH Network Corporation in January 2008. Until October 2006, Mr. Dugan was DISH Network's Chief Technology Officer, and prior to 2004 was its President and Chief Operating Officer. In that capacity, Mr. Dugan had been responsible for, among other things, all operations except legal, finance and accounting at DISH Network. Until April 2000, Mr. Dugan had been President of EchoStar Technologies Corporation. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President of the Consumer Products Division of DISH Network. Mr. Dugan began his EchoStar career as vice president of engineering in 1990 for the subsidiary that later became EchoStar Technologies L.L.C. Mr. Dugan is credited with being the chief architect behind the technological foundation for DISH Network and EchoStar.
R. Stanton Dodge Director
Stanton Dodge serves as a member of our Board of Directors and is currently the Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of DISH Network Corporation ("DISH Network") and is responsible for all legal and government affairs of DISH Network and its subsidiaries. Since joining DISH Network in November 1996, he has held various positions of increasing responsibility in DISH Network's legal department.
Pradman P. Kaul President, Hughes Network Systems L.L.C.
Effective August 1, 2011, Pradman P. Kaul became a member of the EchoStar Board of Directors. Mr. Kaul also serves as the President of Hughes Network Systems L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar. Previously, Mr. Kaul served as the Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Director of Engineering of Hughes Network Systems, LLC ("HNS" and, together with Hughes Communications, Inc., "Hughes"), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hughes Communications, Inc. Before joining HNS in 1973, Mr. Kaul worked at COMSAT Laboratories in Clarksburg, Maryland. Mr. Kaul received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds numerous patents and has published articles and papers on a variety of technical topics concerning satellite communications. Mr. Kaul has been inducted as a member of the National Academy of Engineering. With over 37 years of experience at Hughes, Mr. Kaul has a deep knowledge and understanding of the satellite industry.
Anthony M. Federico Director
Mr. Federico serves as a member of our board of directors, and is a member of our Audit, Nominating and Executive Compensation Committees. Mr. Federico currently serves as Vice President, Chief Engineer, and Graphic Communications Executive Liaison of Xerox Corporation. Mr. Federico joined Xerox in 1968, and has held various product and general management positions, as well as numerous engineering, solutions, information management, and process re-engineering positions.
Mr. Ortolf serves as a member of the board of directors, and is a member of our Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. Mr. Ortolf also serves as a member of the board of directors of DISH Network Corporation, and is a member of its Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. Mr. Ortolf has been the President of Colorado Meadowlark Corp., a privately held investment management firm, for more then ten years. From 1988 until 1991, Mr. Ortolf served as DISH Network's President and Chief Operating Officer.
Mr. Schroeder serves as a member of our board of directors, and serves on our Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. Prior to EchoStar's spinoff from DISH Network Corporation, Mr. Schroeder served on the board of directors of DISH Network Corporation and was a member of its Executive Compensation Committee, Nominating Committee, and Audit Committee. In 1981, Mr. Schroeder founded Consumer Satellite Systems, Inc. (CSS), which he grew to encompass a 10 state distribution system operating in a region ranging from Wisconsin to Florida. CSS served retailers selling satellite systems, televisions and a range of consumer electronics products. Mr. Schroeder also founded a programming division of CSS that grew to serve over 400,000 subscribers.
Mr. Wade served as the President and CEO of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. ("AsiaSat") based in Hong Kong from 2010 to November 2016 and as Deputy CEO of AsiaSat from 1994 to 2010, and is currently serving as a senior advisor to the CEO of AsiaSat through March 2017. From 1996 to November 2016, Mr. Wade also served on the AsiaSat Board of Directors as an Executive Director serving on the Compliance Committee. AsiaSat owns and operates an Asian-based satellite fleet providing capacity and satellite services to media and telecommunications companies across the Asia-Pacific region. Prior to joining AsiaSat, Mr. Wade served as an executive director in charge of Pan Asian Systems with Hutchison Whampoa, a satellite and cable television equipment supplier and systems integrator. Earlier in his career, Mr. Wade held a number of senior management positions in the United States and Singapore with EchoSphere Corporation, a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation, and Audiotone, a manufacturer and supplier of hearing aid and test equipment. Since 2012, Mr. Wade has also served as a director for First Western Advisors, Ltd., a private entity providing wealth management services.