Hughes Announces Executive Appointments

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Hughes Electronics
Corporation (NYSE: HS) President and CEO Chase Carey today announced the
appointment of Bruce Churchill, Larry Hunter and Romulo Pontual as executive
vice presidents of the company.
"Bruce, Larry and Romulo bring a unique combination of expertise,
experience and business acumen to Hughes," said Mr. Carey. "Hughes operates
in a highly competitive environment and I am confident that they will enable
us to continue to build on our successes and be the recognized leader in our
Mr. Churchill, who joins Hughes as chief financial officer, will oversee
financial operations and work closely with Mr. Carey in developing and
executing the company's strategic plan focusing on key initiatives. He will
also oversee the operations of DIRECTV Latin America, which is on schedule to
emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this quarter.
Mr. Churchill has also been elected to the Board of Directors of PanAmSat
Corp., which is 81 percent owned by Hughes. Prior to joining Hughes, Mr.
Churchill served as president and chief operating officer of STAR, News
Corporation's Asian satellite television and multi-media service.
Mr. Hunter, who has been with Hughes since 1993, most recently as senior
vice president and general counsel, will continue to serve as general counsel
overseeing the company's legal strategy as well as regulatory and legislative
Mr. Pontual, who joins Hughes from News Corporation, will oversee
technology and strategic initiatives for Hughes' satellite platforms. Prior
to joining Hughes, Mr. Pontual served as executive vice president for
Television Platforms, responsible for the development of News Corporation's
Sky Platforms.
Pat Doyle, who has been with Hughes since 1992, was also promoted to
senior vice president, controller, treasurer and chief accounting officer.
"Mr. Doyle has been an invaluable part of Hughes for a number of years and
his experience and expertise will be very important to Hughes' future," said
Mr. Carey. Mr. Doyle has also been elected to the PanAmSat Board of
News Corporation completed its acquisition of 34 percent of Hughes common
stock last December.
Hughes Electronics Corp. (NYSE: HS) is a world-leading provider of digital
multichannel television entertainment, broadband satellite networks and
services, and global video and data broadcasting. Hughes is 34 percent owned
by Fox Entertainment Group, which is approximately 82 percent owned by News
Corporation Ltd.
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