BERTAGNA ELEVATED TO CHAIRMAN OF HUGHES-AVICOM INTERNATIONAL

GLENDORA, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Hughes Aircraft Co. has announced the election of Richard A. Bertagna as chairman, Hughes-AVICOM International Inc. (HAI).  Bertagna has been the president of HAI since that organization's acquisition by Hughes in 1988.  Prior to the acquisition, he was president and one of the founders of AVICOM.  In order to further strengthen HAI, its board of directors has been reconstituted.  Its membership, besides Bertagna, will include C. Michael Armstrong, Hughes chairman and chief executive officer, Michael T. Smith, Hughes vice chairman and Charles H. Noski, Hughes senior vice president and chief financial officer.  The new president of Hughes-AVICOM reporting to Bertagna is Lenard Stuessel, formerly with Hughes Missile Systems Co. for two years and General Dynamics for twenty-four years.  Stuessel brings over thirty years of operations experience to Hughes-AVICOM and will direct future expansion in the manufacture of quality products for the airline industry.  Along with the recent appointment of Harlan Patterson as executive vice president for operations, Armstrong said, "I believe that these moves have significantly strengthened the HAI executive management team and have positioned it for significant growth."  Hughes-AVICOM International is the first company to offer individual interactive passenger communications and entertainment systems to the commercial airline industry.  These systems are installed on Northwest Airlines' fleet of 747 aircraft, Virgin Atlantic Airways and China Airlines of Taiwan, and HAI is under contract to install them on Kuwait Airlines and Malaysia Airlines.        Hughes Aircraft Co. is a unit of GM Hughes Electronics.     JP-EH -- LA016 -- 7398 01/28/94 13:01 EST                                                                              -0- (PRN) Jan/28/94   13:03 EOS   (PRN)    Jan/28/94    13:03      85 â -0- (PRN) Jan/28/94   13:18    
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