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AWARDS: Bringing Customers Award-winning Leadership

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Hughes recognized with multiple awards honoring leadership in network security, workplace excellence and corporate social responsibility

Reflecting Hughes commitment to partnering with customers to help achieve business goals, the company was recognized this summer for leadership in three areas.

Security: Fortinet’s Global Partner of the Year

Hughes was honored as the Global Partner of the Year at Fortinet’s Accelerate 18, an annual gathering of more than 2,300 Fortinet customers and partners from around the world. The award recognizes outstanding cybersecurity sales, customer experience, collaboration, and marketing achievements.

“Hughes and Fortinet have a shared vision for enabling distributed enterprises to better compete and embrace digital transformation under the umbrella of a robust and secure, high-performance network,” said Mike Tippets, Vice President Enterprise Marketing at Hughes. “Now customers can focus on their business and leave management of the network in the hands of a trusted partner.”

One example of the companies’ 12-year relationship is the Hughes HR4860 Secure SD-WAN Gateway, which integrates Hughes broadband optimization tools and SD-WAN technology with Fortinet’s leading Unified Threat Management (UTM) security into a single unit, providing exceptional security and network optimization at the network edge.

Hughes was also made a member of the Fortinet Fabric-Ready partner program, a premium alliance program through which participants collect and share threat and mitigation information to improve intelligence and enhance end-to-end response.

Corporate Social Responsibility: The Peer Award and Communitas Award

At Hughes, giving back to the communities where we live and work means bringing innovative technologies and solutions to people everywhere. According to Peter Gulla, senior Vice President of marketing for Hughes: “As part of our effort to help bridge the digital divide, our aim is to ensure that all children, no matter where they live, have access to hands-on, experiential STEM learning. By encouraging kids’ passion for STEM today, we hope to inspire the science and technology leaders of tomorrow.” It was with this in mind that HughesNet launched the STEM Lab this summer with the National 4-H Council. (See page 11 for details on STEM Lab.)

Informatology, presenters of the Peer Awards for Excellence, recognized Hughes for leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The Peer Award for Excellence in Corporate Responsibility celebrates “real accomplishments and innovation” in Corporate Social Responsibility. Hughes won in the IT and Telecommunications industry sector category and was shortlisted in the subcategory, “Educating the Community.” The award honored the HughesNet partnership with 4-H, and the company’s efforts to empower the next generation through STEM education.

What’s more, Hughes was recognized for its STEM education efforts by the Communitas Awards as a 2018 Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence Winner for making STEM accessible. Communitas Awards honor international companies, organizations and individuals that go beyond rhetoric, dedicate themselves to helping the less fortunate in their communities, and change the way they do business to benefit their employees, communities, and environment.

Workplace Excellence: The AWE Awards

The Alliance for Workplace Excellence (AWE) recognized Hughes with four awards for workplace excellence, including the 2018 AWE Workplace Excellence and Health & Wellness Seals of Approval as well as the AWE EcoLeadership and Diversity Champion Awards. This marks the 19th consecutive year Hughes has been honored by AWE as an outstanding place to work.

“Hughes solutions enable a more productive and engaged society, and our company culture reflects that commitment to connectivity, belonging and prosperity,” said Pradman Kaul, President of Hughes. “We strive for diversity, environmental sustainability, employee health and wellness, and overall workplace excellence because it’s the right thing for our employees, and therefore our customers and our business.”

Hughes offers employees flexible work arrangements, continuing education opportunities, health and wellness programs, recreation and cultural activities and opportunities to volunteer. A Montgomery County, Maryland, certified “Green Business,” Hughes commitment to the environment includes local clean-up and beautification efforts, company-wide recycling, and Earth Day celebrations.