CARLSBAD, Calif., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) announced the appointment of Robert Bowman to its board of directors. Mr. Bowman will serve as a Class II director and will stand for election at the company's 2013 annual meeting of stockholders. With the appointment of Mr. Bowman, the ViaSat board now consists of seven members, six of whom are independent directors. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20091216/VIASATLOGO) Mr. Bowman serves as president and CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media, L.P., which manages the interactive and Internet rights for Major League Baseball, a position he has held since 2000. Prior to joining MLB Advanced Media, Mr. Bowman was president and COO of ITT Corporation from 1995 to 2000, where he previously served as CFO from 1991 to 1995. He served as Treasurer of the State of Michigan from 1983 to 1990, overseeing its tax policy and collection and the state's pension fund. He currently serves as president of the Michigan Education Trust and as a member of the board of directors of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. " Bob Bowman is a valuable addition to ViaSat's board of directors," said Mark Dankberg, chairman and CEO of ViaSat. "He has been the leading industry visionary in bringing major league sports into the broadband connected world. Plus, Bob's experience in digital media, finance, and operations is an excellent fit for all our businesses. He brings exceptional expertise and insight to ViaSat as we grow the scale and reach of our broadband networks." About ViaSat ( www.viasat.com) ViaSat delivers fast, secure communications, Internet, and network access to virtually any location for consumers, governments, enterprise, and the military. The company offers fixed and mobile satellite network services including Exede by ViaSat, which features ViaSat-1, the world's highest capacity satellite; service to more than 1,800 mobile platforms, including Yonder® Ku-band mobile Internet; satellite broadband networking systems; and network-centric military communication systems and cyber security products for the U.S. and allied governments. ViaSat also offers communication system design and a number of complementary products and technologies. Based in Carlsbad, California, ViaSat employs over 2,500 people in a number of locations worldwide for technology development, customer service, and network operations. Exede and Yonder are registered trademarks of ViaSat Inc.