SSPI inducted seven new members into its Satellite Hall of Fame at a ceremony on March 15, 2011, underwritten by KPMG.
Masanori Akiyama, President and CEO of Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation, for his visionary leadership in developing the satellite business in Japan from its inception with the first commercial Japanese satellite launched in 1989 to the formation, through mergers, of the fifth largest FSS provider in the world today.
Robert Bednarek, President and CEO of SES WORLDSKIES, for over 30 years as an industry innovator and leader in the top technology management position at PanAmSat, the first competitive international operator, and the top executive position at SES WORLDSKIES, one of the most successful satellite operators in today’s market. Mr. Bednarek passed away on January 6, 2013.
Giuliano Berretta, Chairman of the Board of Eutelsat Communications, for two decades of leadership at Eutelsat, which he transformed from a treaty organization into a growing publicly-traded company with a market capitalization of 6bn euros.
Ellen Hoff, President of W.L. Prichard & Co., for the indelible mark she has made on the satellite industry by persuading satellite operators to introduce digital services and a wide range of smaller antennas to enhance the competitive position of the satellite sector.
Edward Horowitz, former CEO of SES AMERICOM, for his serial accomplishments in helping to build HBO as the first satellite-delivered cable programmer, innovative leadership of SES AMERICOM, and most recently, as co-founder of U.S. Space, which offers commercial, privately-financed military satellite communications to the U.S. Government and has joint-ventured with ATK to create ViviSat, provider of life extension services for on-orbit satellites.
Jean-Yves Le Gall, CEO of Arianespace, for a distinguished career in satellites spanning nearly 30 years, rising from a position as a researcher for a French star-mapping mission to leadership of two commercial launch services companies: Starsem, which brought the Soyuz launch vehicle to Western markets, and Arianespace, where he overcame problems with the Ariane 5 launcher to make the company a global leader in launch services.
Dean Olmstead, in a rare posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame, in recognition of a career that spanned government and industry, international and domestic assignments, leadership and Board positions with the most storied names in the business, and which, though cut short by illness, had a transformative impact on the industry. Mr. Olmstead passed away on October 16, 2010.