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Richard Baldridge

President and COO, ViaSat

Richard Baldridge is responsible for leading ViaSat’s corporate strategy and operations, guiding and evaluating the company’s three operating segments – services, commercial, and government – and cultivating and maintaining relations with the investor community. The company provides high-speed, satellite broadband services and secure networking for military and commercial markets. Richard has served in several senior positions at the company, including vice president, CFO and executive vice president and COO. He was appointed president in November 2003. During his tenure, ViaSat has expanded 10-fold through acquisitions and organic growth. Baldridge is also a board member for EvoNexus.

ALMA MATER: New Mexico State University

INFLUENCE: Clayton Christensen’s book, ‘The Innovator’s Dilemma’ was influential in how he approached company culture.