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Hughes has been honored this year with multiple awards in recognition of its business success and innovation. Here are a few of the most recent corporate honors.
In September, Hughes was recognized by Euroconsult as Broadband Satellite Operator of the Year for its outstanding performance in 2009 and its strong prospects for the future. The award is one in a series for Excellence in Satellite Management, which is based on an objective assessment of specific performance indicators by a jury of experts from SatelliteFinance, Space News, and Euroconsult. In accepting the award at a ceremony in Paris, Hughes president and CEO Pradman Kaul said, “These are exciting times for Hughes, as evidenced by our leadership across the full spectrum of broadband satellite services and technologies. But I can honestly say that with the quality of people we have, the best is yet to come.”
In his keynote speech entitled “Specializing in the Common Need” on September 15 at the Comsys VSAT2010 conference in London, Paul Gaske, executive vice president, North America Division of Hughes, addressed the global spectrum of opportunities and challenges in providing broadband satellite services to all market sectors. The speech drew on the experience Hughes has gained from its market-leading consumer and enterprise managed network services. Arunas Slekys, vice president of Hughes Corporate Marketing and the elected chairman of the Global VSAT Forum, moderated an all-day session on broadband satellite solutions in different enterprise verticals from around the world.
At an Embassy Night event, entitled “Showcasing Global Markets & Business Success,” hosted by The World Trade Center Institute in Bethesda, Maryland on September 23, Vinod Shukla, senior vice president of Hughes, presented a Business Appreciation Certificate to the Indian Embassy. The award was accepted by V.S. Senthil, Joint Secretary to the Government of India, Ministry of Finance, on behalf of India’s Ambassador to the U.S., Meera Shankar. As part of the event, top country and business representatives were honored, and U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Suresh Kumar addressed the audience with a speech on global trade.
Hughes Communications, Inc. took the top spot on the Deloitte 2010 Technology Fast 500™, a ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences, and clean technology companies in North America. Rankings are based on the percentage of fiscal year revenue growth from 2005 to 2009, a period during which Hughes grew a whopping 164,079 percent.
Hughes president and CEO, Pradman Kaul, credits the company’s culture of innovation and service quality as the primary drivers of its success. “Hughes has always been about innovation—from pioneering satellite networks in the mid-80s and expanding the enterprise and government markets across the globe, to developing and operating SPACEWAY® 3, the world’s first broadband satellite router-in-the-sky, to delivering high-speed Internet by satellite services to over half a million North American households and small businesses, thereby proving the profitability of the consumer satellite broadband business.”