Mark D. Dankberg

Mr. Dankberg co-founded ViaSat Inc. in 1986. He has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception.

Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been one of America’s fastest growing technology companies. As a start-up, ViaSat was selected to the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies three times. After listing on the NASDAQ exchange in 1996, ViaSat has been recognized multiple times by leading business and industry publications including BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, DefenseNews, Space News and Washington Technology for its exceptional performance and growth.

Mr. Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in communications, aerospace and defense sectors, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems. He holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies. He has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels and was invited to testify before a Congressional committee on high technology growth companies and IPOs.

Mr. Dankberg began his career with the Collins Radio Division of Rockwell International, and at Linkabit Corp in San Diego, where he held positions in engineering, technical management and business segment management.

He earned B.S. EE and M.S. EE degrees from Rice University and is a member of the Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering Hall of Fame.