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VIA SATELLITE NAMES RICHARD E. THOMAS SATELLITE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR

VIA SATELLITE NAMES RICHARD E. THOMAS SATELLITE EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
 POTOMAC, Md., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Phillips Publishing, Inc., and Via Satellite magazine today announced that Richard E. Thomas, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Radiation Systems Inc., has been named Via Satellite Satellite Executive of the Year for 1991.
 Thomas, during a 27-year career with Radiation Systems Inc. (RSi), has developed the Sterling, Va., manufacturer of commercial, scientific and military satellite and communications antennas and systems into a $115 million company that routinely sets the pace for technology advance and marketplace excellence. RSi recently posted a 32 percent increase in net income -- from $3.8 million to $5.0 million on sales of $65.2 million -- for the first six months of fiscal 1992 ended Dec. 31, 1991.
 "We are delighted to honor RSi Chairman Richard Thomas with selection as our Satellite Executive of the Year," said Via Satellite Editor and Associate Publisher Scott Chase. "What impressed us most about Mr. Thomas during 1991 was his ability to continue to build a thriving business during a recession while developing international partnerships that increasingly are part of the way global business is done in communications via satellite."
 RSi has reflected the management philosophy of its chairman -- from building and installing nearly 10,000 small antennas for the Whittle Channel One Educational System (under a contract from Philips Consumer Electronics Co.) to erecting a $55 million radio telescope for the National Radio Astronomy Observatory that will reach more than 500 feet high. Once, Thomas approved everything down to the purchase of paper clips. Today, with 10 operating divisions (two in the United Kingdom), he's moved to a decentralized management approach and has begun grooming an heir apparent.
 But that process has taken time. At 65, Thomas recently agreed to stay on as RSi chairman and chief executive at least another five years. That's a deal that will keep RSi at the cutting edge while assuring present and future customers that the company's quest for superlative performance and value continues unabated. When questioned about his business philosophies and contributions at RSi's helm, Thomas will speak only about the roles played by his corporate staff and division general managers and the inspiration and support they give him.
 Thomas is the fourth outstanding executive to be honored as Via Satellite Satellite Executive of the Year. His predecessors include fellow Virginian David Thompson, chairman and founder of Orbital Sciences Corp., for 1990; Hughes Communications Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Petrucci for 1989; and Alpha Lyracom Space Communications Inc. (PanAmSat) Chairman and Founder Rene Anselmo for 1988.
 Via Satellite's Satellite Executive of the Year is chosen by the editorial and management staffs of Via Satellite, the leading U.S. monthly journal on the international commercial communications satellite industry. Nominations from the editors and from industry are considered. For 1991, nominations included Loral Chairman Bernard Schwartz; Inmarsat Director General Olof Lundberg; Hubbard Broadcasting President and CEO Stanley S. Hubbard; Alpha Lyracom Space Communications President Fred Landman; Eutelsat Director General Jean Grenier; and Arianespace Chairman Charles Bigot.
 Phillips Publishing, Inc., headquartered in Potomac, provides a broad range of business information services including newsletters, magazines, directories and conferences in the telecommunications, data communications, financial services, defense, video and aviation markets. The company reported revenues of $72 million in calendar 1991, up 38 percent from the previous year.
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 /CONTACT: Scott Chase, editor and associate publisher, Via Satellite, 301-340-2100, or after hours, 301-989-9308/ CO: Phillips Publishing; Via Satellite ST: Maryland IN: PUB SU:


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