Mark Dankberg co-founded ViaSat Inc. in 1986, and has held the position of Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer since inception. Under his leadership, ViaSat has consistently been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing technology companies.
Dankberg is an acknowledged industry expert in communications technology, satellite, aerospace and defense, and is the leading visionary for a new generation of high-capacity satellite systems that are poised to deliver worldwide broadband coverage by 2021. He has co-authored several military standards on satellite networking, and holds a number of patents in communications and satellite networking technologies. He has participated on Department of Defense advisory panels and has testified before a Congressional committee on high technology growth companies and IPOs as well as before the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications regarding communications technologies for rural broadband.
Dankberg has received a number of awards for his industry and business leadership:
- 2017: Elected a Member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
- 2017: LEAD San Diego Economic Opportunity Award
- 2016: Director of the Year Honoree by San Diego-based Corporate Directors Forum
- 2015: Society of Satellite Professionals Hall of Fame
- 2013: Arthur C. Clarke Foundation Industry Innovator
- 2013: San Diego Business Journal Most Admired CEO Founders Award
- 2012: Visionary Executive of the Year, Satellite Markets and Research
- 2008: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aerospace International Communications Award
- 2003: Satellite Industry Executive of the Year in 2003
- 2000: Entrepreneur of the Year in San Diego in 2000
He has been an invited speaker on communications technology, entrepreneurship and executive management, giving keynote addresses at NextSpace, NAB, SATELLITE, Satellite Finance and IEEE Globecom, and has spoken at a number of university events including Solve at MIT, Rice University, NYU, University of California at San Diego and University of Pennsylvania – Wharton Aerospace conference, to name a few. He was a founding member of the board of directors of the San Diego Telecom Council (now CommNexus), and served on the San Diego County Regional Economic Advisory Board. Mark currently serves on the board of directors for the following companies: Lytx and Minnetronix.
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.