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
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.
/CONTACT: David LeFort of GM Hughes, 310-517-5541/
CO: Hughes Aircraft Co.
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