Kevin Harkenrider named COO of Viasat

Kevin Harkenrider named COO of Viasat

18 November 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Viasat has appointed Kevin Harkenrider as its new chief operating officer (COO).

Harkenrider is promoted having previously served as Viasat's executive vice president, global operations and chief operations officer where he was responsible for Viasat's global supply chain and product delivery strategy, corporate quality and product integrity, and worldwide facilities.

"A 15-year Viasat veteran, Kevin has proven to be a successful and trusted leader, building a strong reputation for ensuring accountability, developing people, inspiring teams and delivering results," said Rick Baldridge, president and CEO, Viasat.

"Kevin has served in multiple senior leadership roles during his tenure with the Company, has a wealth of global experience and has built an impressive track record of strategic and operational accomplishments, making him uniquely qualified to help accelerate our global growth profile. Kevin is emblematic of the deep executive bench we have developed at Viasat. I have full confidence in his appointment as COO at this important time."

In his new role, Harkenrider will oversee the 'operational structure and controls' of the company, with responsibility for the alignment of Viasat's innovation engine with operational priorities.

Specifically, Harkenrider will work closely with Baldridge as well as executive chairman Mark Dankberg and Viasat's executive leadership team to develop Viasat's investments, market position and operational focus.

"Viasat's global vision and strategy have never been more compelling. I have had the pleasure to work as part of, and alongside, our talented global management team, and as I move into the COO role, I will do my best to help the Company innovate, scale and reach its next phase of growth," said Harkenrider.  

"I am committed to increasing the value we can deliver to our global customers, partners and investors, while striving to make Viasat the employer of choice to our current and future employees."

Harkenrider joined Viasat in October 2006 and has held multiple senior leadership roles including president of Viasat Commercial Networks and president of Viasat Broadband Services.

Prior to joining Viasat, Harkenrider served in management positions with Computer Sciences Corporation, BAE Systems, Mission Solutions and General Dynamics Corporation.