Eddy W. Hartenstein
Publisher and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles Times
Eddy W. Hartenstein was named publisher & chief executive officer of the Los Angeles Times in August, 2008. Over the past two years he has overseen all aspects of the print and digital operations of the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the U.S. and the growing portfolio of properties that comprise Tribune Company's largest media group.
Previously, Hartenstein presided over the birth and growth of the satellite television business. As the founder and guiding force of DirecTV since the company's 1990 inception, Hartenstein helped to establish satellite TV as an innovative entertainment programming and distribution medium and served as the company's chairman and CEO, responsible for the strategic planning of what became the nation's leading digital multichannel television service.
Hartenstein earned Bachelor of Science degrees in aerospace engineering and mathematics from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He then joined Hughes Aircraft in 1972, and in 1974, earned a Master of Science degree from Cal Tech. By 1981, Hartenstein had become vice president of Hughes Communications, where he was responsible for expanding Hughes' acquisition and deployment of commercial communications satellites and directed the development and marketing of the original Galaxy satellite fleet, which served the fast-developing broadcast television and cable programming industries.
In 1990, Hartenstein was named president of the new Hughes-owned subsidiary to develop direct-to-home satellite TV service. Hartenstein organized the new business, assembled the executive team and transformed a mere concept into DirecTV, one of the most successful new product launches in consumer electronics history.
Under Hartenstein's direction, DirecTV began commercial service in 1994 and paved the way for digital television to be provided to millions of consumers nation-wide without connection to a cable system. His vision and leadership resulted in a new outlet for broadcasting services, and provided a foundation for the launch of many new channels and programming choices for the public. He served as DirecTV chairman and CEO from inception to 2004.
During his tenure, Hartenstein also led the regulatory push to change U.S. law to allow local broadcast stations to be rebroadcast into their markets over direct broadcast satellite and, through DirecTV, led the industry into digital television. Hartenstein retired as vice chairman of the DirecTV Group after the company's sale to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in December 2004.
Hartenstein sits on the board of directors of Broadcom Corporation, City of Hope, SanDisk, and Sirius XM Radio where he serves as non-executive chairman. He was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Class of 2001 and into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, Hartenstein received an Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for lifetime achievement, and was inducted into the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame in 2008.