Michael T. Smith,
Director, Zero Gravity Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Smith is the retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Hughes Electronics Corporation, (now known as Hughes). After spending nearly 20 years with General Motors in a variety of financial management positions, Mr. Smith joined Hughes in 1985, the year the company was formed, as senior vice president and chief financial officer. From 1985 to 1997, Mr. Smith served in a variety of capacities for Hughes, including Chairman of Hughes Missile Systems Company, Chairman of Hughes Aircraft Company from 1992 to October 1997 and Vice Chairman of Hughes Electronics. He had been responsible for the aerospace, defense electronics and information systems businesses of Hughes Electronics. Mr. Smith served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The DIRECTV Group Inc., from October 1997 to May 2001.
He served as a director of ATK (Alliant Techsystems, Inc.), an advanced weapon and space systems company, from 1997 to 2009, and Anteon International Corporation, an information technology and systems engineering solutions company, from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Smith was also a director until Jun 2014 of Ingram Micro Corporation, a technology sales, marketing and logistics company, FLIR Systems, Inc., which produces infrared cameras, thermal imaging software and temperature measurement devices, Mr. Smith is also the former chairman of the Aerospace Industries Association, an industry trade organization, and is a charter member of the Electronic Industries Foundation Leadership Council.
He is currently a director, Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee and Audit Committee member of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated, which provides enabling technologies for industrial growth markets and WABCO Holdings, Inc., which provides electronic and electromechanical products for the automotive industry.
Mr. Smith served as an Officer in the U.S. Army, including a combat tour in Vietnam. He is a Charter Member of the Electronic Industries Foundation Leadership Council. He was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Pepperdine University, CA. Mr. Smith holds a B.S. Degree in Political Science from Providence College and an MBA from Babson College.