Eddy W. Hartenstein is a visionary business leader and has held a distinguished career in the media industry. Hartenstein currently serves as a board member at Broadcom, where he is also lead independent director, TiVo, and Sirius XM Radio, where he is also lead independent director. He also remains a director of Tribune Publishing. He previously served as a director on the boards of City of Hope, Oath (formerly Yahoo!), SanDisk, Technicolor (formerly Thompson Consumer Electronics) and Converse (prior to the acquisition by Nike).
|Alma mater||Cal Poly Pomona (B.S. aerospace engineering and mathematics); Caltech (M.S.)|
Board member and Lead independent Director at Sirius XM Radio Board member and Lead independent Director at Broadcom Director at Tribune Publishing Director at TiVo
Born in Alhambra, California, like many students of the era, Hartenstein's interest in technology and aerospace/technology were sparked by the space race. Hartenstein earned Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and mathematics from Cal Poly Pomona. He then joined Hughes Aircraft in 1972, and in 1974, earned a Master of Science degree in applied mechanics from Caltech.Hartenstein also has an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Cal Poly Ponoma.
Hartenstein presided over the birth and growth of the satellite television industry. As a Vice President of Hughes Communications in 1981, he expanded Hughes’ acquisition and deployment of commercial communications satellites, which served the broadcast and cable programming industries. In 1990, he was named President of a Hughes-owned subsidiary founded to develop direct-to-home satellite TV service. Hartenstein then transformed the concept into one of the most successful new product launches in consumer electronics history, propelling what became known as DirecTV into the nation’s leading digital, multichannel television service and helping establish digital TV as an innovative entertainment and distribution medium. He served as DirecTV’s Chairman and CEO through 2004, when the company was sold to News Corp.
In a “second career,” Hartenstein joined the Los Angeles Times in 2008 as Publisher and Chief Executive Officer and was responsible for all aspects of print, digital, and mobile operations of the country’s largest metropolitan daily news organization, as well as those of the Los Angeles Times Media Group’s portfolio through August of 2014. Prior to the company’s January 2013 change of ownership, he was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Media Company, one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and television broadcasting stations nationwide.
Hartenstein was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Class of 2001 and into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, Hartenstein received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for lifetime achievement, and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame in 2008.
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