|Eddy W. Hartenstein studied aerospace engineering and mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona.|
Cal Poly Pomona alumnus Eddy W. Hartenstein, '71 and '72, is the new publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Hartenstein will be the fourth publisher of the newspaper since it was acquired in 2000 by the Chicago-based Tribune Co. He takes over for David Hiller, who resigned July 14.
Hartenstein, 57, earned two bachelor's degrees in aerospace engineering and in mathematics at Cal Poly Pomona, as well as a master's degree in applied physics from Cal Tech.
A pioneer in satellite television, he headed DirecTV since its inception in 1990 and was responsible for assembling its management team and guiding its strategic efforts in developing the business infrastructure.
In 2003, Hartenstein was the keynote speaker at the College of Engineering's commencement. He was also recognized with a Distinguished Alumni Award from Cal Poly Pomona in 2004.
Since leaving DirecTV in 2004, Hartenstein has served on the boards of SanDisk Corp., XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc., Broadcom Corp. and the City of Hope hospital in Duarte. Among his many recognitions, he was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2002 and won three Emmy Awards for his contributions to digital broadcast satellite technology. He also received a lifetime achievement award in 2007 from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.