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DirecTV

COMPANY

Satellite broadcasting service, formerly Hughes Electronics. As of 22 December 2003 it was owned by the Fox Entertainment subsidiary of News Corporation, but control is expected to transfer to Liberty Media by early 2008.

Abysmal customer service.

Official Website:
http://www.directv.com/

Industry:
Communications

Ticker:
NYSE:DTV

Corporate headquarters:
El Segundo, CA

Sales:
$14.7B (2006)

Employees:
9900 (2007)

EXECUTIVES

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roxanne S. Austin
Business
c. 1960   President and COO of DirecTV, 2001-03
Chase Carey
Business
c. 1954   President and COO of News Corporation
Odie C. Donald
Business
c. 1949   President of DirecTV, 2000-01
Michael D. White
Business
c. 1952   CEO of DirecTV

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Neil R. Austrian
Business
c. 1940   President of NFL, 1991-98
Ralph F. Boyd, Jr.
Attorney
c. 1957   EVP at Freddie Mac
David B. Dillon
Business
1951   CEO of Kroger
Samuel A. DiPiazza, Jr.
Business
c. 1951   Vice Chairman, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Dixon R. Doll
Business
c. 1942   Doll Capital Management
Charles R. Lee
Business
c. 1941   CEO of Verizon, 2000-02
Peter A. Lund
Business
c. 1941   CEO of CBS, 1995-97
Nancy S. Newcomb
Business
c. 1946   Former Citigroup executive
Lorrie Norrington
Business
c. 1960   President of eBay Marketplaces, 2008-10
Michael D. White
Business
c. 1952   CEO of DirecTV

PAST BOARD MEMBERS OR DIRECTORS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Chase Carey
Business
c. 1954   President and COO of News Corporation
Peter Chernin
Business
29-May-1951   President of News Corporation
James M. Cornelius
Business
c. 1943   CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb
David F. DeVoe
Business
c. 1947   CFO of News Corporation
Paul A. Gould
Business
c. 1945   Allen & Company
Greg Maffei
Business
24-May-1960   CEO of Liberty Media
John C. Malone
Business
7-Mar-1941   Cable TV billionaire, Liberty Media
Eckhard Pfeiffer
Business
20-Aug-1941   CEO of Compaq, 1991-99
Haim Saban
Business
1944   Billionaire
John L. Thornton
Business
c. 1954   President of Goldman Sachs, 1999-2003

CELEBRITY ENDORSEMENTS

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Jason Alexander
Actor
23-Sep-1959   George Costanza on Seinfeld
Pamela Anderson
Actor
1-Jul-1967   Baywatch
Kathy Bates
Actor
28-Jun-1948   Misery
Drew Carey
Comic
23-May-1958   The Drew Carey Show
Danny DeVito
Actor
17-Nov-1944   Short loudmouth from Taxi
Robert Duvall
Actor
5-Jan-1931   Tom Hagen in The Godfather
Stacy Ferguson
Singer
27-Mar-1975   Fergie from Black Eyed Peas
Laurence Fishburne
Actor
30-Jul-1961   The Matrix
John Goodman
Actor
20-Jun-1952   King Ralph
John Michael Higgins
Actor
12-Feb-1963   The Late Shift
Jimmy Kimmel
Talk Show Host
13-Nov-1967   The Man Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live
Walter Koenig
Actor
14-Sep-1936   Chekov on Star Trek
Denis Leary
Comic
18-Aug-1957   Loud, smoking comic
Christopher Lloyd
Actor
22-Oct-1938   Jim Ignatowski on Taxi
Ed McMahon
Talk Show Host
6-Mar-1923 23-Jun-2009 The Tonight Show
Dennis Miller
Comic
3-Nov-1953   SNL news anchor, born-again Republican
Pat Morita
Actor
28-Jun-1932 24-Nov-2005 Miyagi on Karate Kid
Mike Myers
Comic
25-May-1963   Austin Powers
Robert Patrick
Actor
5-Nov-1958   Mimetic polyalloy in Terminator 2
Bill Paxton
Actor
17-May-1955   Mighty Joe Young
William Shatner
Actor
22-Mar-1931   Captain Kirk on Star Trek
Ben Stein
Game Show Host
25-Nov-1944   Host of Win Ben Stein's Money
Verne Troyer
Actor
1-Jan-1969   Mini-Me
Sigourney Weaver
Actor
8-Oct-1949   Alien
will.i.am
Rapper
15-Mar-1975   Black Eyed Peas


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