Edward D. Horowitz – Chairman of ViviSat, Co-Founder and Board Member of U.S. Space LLC and former CEO, SES Americom.
Mr. Horowitz is co-founder and Director of U.S. Space LLC, a satellite services company, and Chairman of ViviSat, its in-orbit servicing venture. Mr. Horowitz also is Chairman of EdsLink LLC, a New York City based venture capital firm providing financial, advisory and technology consulting services, and a Senior Executive Advisor to Tennenbaum Capital Partners, a Santa Monica based Private Investment firm.
Mr. Horowitz currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Fairpoint Communications (NASDAQ: FRP), a Board Commissioner to LinkNet Tbk PT (LINK:IJ) (largest fixed broadband and cable TV operator in Indonesia), and a member of the Board of Directors of Globecomm Systems, Inc., The Tennis Channel and the non-profit American Management Association (AMA). In August 2015, Mr. Horowitz was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to the Board of First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet.gov). The FirstNet mission is to provide first responders with a dedicated national interoperable broadband network.
From January 2013 to June 2014, Mr. Horowitz served as Co-CEO of Encompass Digital Media, a global provider of worldwide television channel origination, live sports and news distribution, digital media and government services. He has served on the Encompass Board of Directors since 2010. Prior to Encompass, he served as President and CEO of SES AMERICOM, a market-leading communications satellite operator serving the entertainment, broadcast media, business enterprise, and United States Government. In addition he served as a member of the Executive Committee of its parent company, SES (SESG Euronext Paris, Lux).
Prior to joining SES, in May 2005, Mr. Horowitz founded EdsLink LLC and served as a Strategic Advisor to Cablevision’s Rainbow DBS Satellite Company, SPARX Group (TOPIX 8739), an independent, publicly-traded Japanese financial services and investment company, and to Neustar (NYS: NSR), Inc., the leading provider of neutral, third party clearing house services to the telecommunications industry. He also served on the Boards of iVillage and Acterna until their sale to NBCU and JDSU respectively, and American Reprographics (NYSE: ARC).
Before forming EdsLink, Mr. Horowitz founded and was Chairman of e-Citi, the unit of Citigroup created in 1997 to pioneer electronic commerce and financial services strategies and initiatives to extend Citigroup’s industry leadership into the internet. He also served on Citigroup’s Executive, Operating and Investment Committees.
Mr. Horowitz is known for the breadth of his knowledge and business abilities in a wide variety of areas, including technology, strategy, marketing, economics, sales and content creation. Prior to joining Citibank in January 1997, he was Senior Vice President, Viacom Inc., Chairman and CEO of Viacom Broadcast Interactive Media and a member of the Viacom Executive Committee. From 1974 to 1989, Mr. Horowitz held various senior management positions at Home Box Office (HBO), a subsidiary of Time Warner. He earlier had been a founder of Suburban Cable.
Throughout his career, Mr. Horowitz has executed successful business strategies that leverage technology to open markets and bring compelling content to people around the world. Early on, he was a pioneer in the cable and programming industry’s efforts to create a satellite encryption system approach for direct-to-home distribution.
Mr. Horowitz has testified before the Defense Department Advisory Board regarding strategic space, the U.S. Congress and regulatory agencies on telecommunications and public policy issues. He is a member of Business Executives for National Security, (BENS) a nationwide, non-partisan organization, through which senior business executives work to enhance the nation’s security.
He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the New York Hall of Science, the March of Dimes, and The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University. Mr. Horowitz holds a B.S. in Physics from CCNY and a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University.