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Viasat names new leader for government business

Craig Miller takes over as President of Viasat Government Systems, a post previously held by Ken Peterman.

Viasat Inc. has announced that Evan Dixon has been promoted to the role of President of Viasat’s Global Fixed Broadband business and Craig Miller advances from Government Systems’ Chief Technology Officer to now lead the segment as President.

Speaking about the appointment, Rick Baldridge, President and Chief Executive Officer at Viasat, said: “Both Evan and Craig have extensive track records of success and have built reputations for executing well on significant programmes. The Viasat management team is confident in the abilities and experience both Evan and Craig will bring to their expanded roles, and will help drive key Viasat global initiatives, especially as we prepare for the imminent launch of our ViaSat-3 constellation.”

Evan Dixon is responsible for the Company’s fixed broadband services business in the US and globally, which includes Viasat’s residential and business internet service as well as its Community Internet offering. Evan has been instrumental in growing Viasat’s fixed consumer broadband business, which serves hundreds of thousands of subscribers across the US and key countries in Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Evan joined Viasat in 2015, as Deputy CEO and Chief Marketing Officer of Euro Broadband Infrastructure Sàrl, a subsidiary of Viasat. In March 2018, he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Viasat Europe, and in March 2020, he was appointed the Vice President of Viasat’s Global Fixed Broadband business. Evan previously held senior management positions at DIRECTV and AT&T Inc.

Baldridge added: “Evan has tremendous insight and expertise in bringing customer-focused connected solutions to market. His experience over the past six years at Viasat spans a global business landscape, which will further help Viasat expand outside the US.”

Craig Miller is responsible for leading the Company’s global defence business, which exceeds $1bn in annual revenues by delivering cost-effective solutions to challenging defence requirements in satellite networks, tactical data links, information assurance and cybersecurity. Craig assumes the position from Ken Peterman, who has stepped into an advisory role working with Viasat President and CEO, Rick Baldridge.

Craig joined Viasat in 1995, and has held numerous technology, business and strategic leadership roles. Prior to serving as President of Government Systems, he was the segment’s Chief Technology Officer where he was responsible for establishing and communicating the technical strategy and roadmaps for a diverse portfolio of defence products and services: including satellite communications, tactical networks, information assurance, cyber/network security and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Baldridge commented: “We thank Ken for his leadership over the past eight years, and I look forward to working with him in his new role. Craig will now build upon our Government Systems’ successes—with an increased focus on emerging technologies and delivering new customer-centric capabilities and business models that will augment and complement our existing franchises in tactical data links, satellite networks and cybersecurity.”