Dr. Arunas Slekys
Dr. Arunas Slekys is vice president of Corporate Marketing and GM of Russia & CIS Business for Hughes, responsible for managing marketing, communications and advocacy initiatives worldwide, and for the company’s broadband satellite business in Russia, Ukraine, and the CIS countries.
Previously, Slekys served as vice president of the Wireless Networks Division at Hughes, responsible for its family of digital cellular mobile, wireless loop and wireless data (CDPD) systems, which were successfully marketed in the US, China, Czech Republic, Russia and the Asia/Pacific region. During this period he was elected and served on the CTIA board. His long affiliation with the wireless industry began at NovAtel Communications, Ltd. in Calgary Alberta, which he helped found as senior vice president for product research and development, spearheading its success worldwide in the cellular mobile and systems marketplace. In 1991 he was awarded the Alberta Centennial Engineering Award for attaining the highest distinction in his profession.
Slekys began his career over 40 years ago at NASA/Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a digital communications research engineer, developing deep space network systems. He later joined Bell Canada Systems and with his team established Bell-Northern Software Research, managing switched-network related systems development and advanced technology programs.
Of Lithuanian origin, Slekys holds a BASc. in electrical engineering from the University of Toronto, an MSc. from the University of Illinois, and a PhD in computer and communications engineering from UCLA. He is co-author of a founding patent for cellular data (CDPD) systems is and is a frequently published author on satellite and wireless communications. He is the elected Chairman of the Board of the Global VSAT Forum.