EchoStar Corporation announced that Dean Olmstead, President of EchoStar Satellite Services, has lost his battle with cancer. He was 55.
Olmstead joined EchoStar shortly after the company’s spin-off from Dish Network in January 2008, and was instrumental in building the foundation and guiding the strategic course for the company’s then-nascent satellite operations.
“Dean will be remembered as a true legend in the satellite industry and will remain an eternal inspiration for our employees,” said Mike Dugan, CEO and president of EchoStar Corporation. “Dean was a visionary who helped reshape the entire industry. His accomplishments at EchoStar and through his esteemed career have created the base upon which others will build for years to come.”
Before joining the company in 2008, Olmstead served as an advisor to Loral Space & Communications on strategic and growth opportunities for its satellite service businesses and served on its board of directors. Additionally, he was president of Arrowhead Global Solutions, president and CEO of SES Americom and held leadership positions with DirecTV Japan, NASA and the US State Department.
The family has requested that donations for scholarships in remembrance of Dean Olmstead be sent to the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation or the Society of Satellite Professionals International. A family service will be held in Washington State and a date will be announced soon for a memorial event in the Washington, DC, area.