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Martin A. Kits Van Heyningen

Co-Founder, Chairman, CEO & President at KVH


Martin A. Kits van Heyningen is one of KVH’s founders and has led the company since 1982, now holding the positions of president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. During the past 30 years, he has overseen KVH’s growth from an entrepreneurial startup that began operations in the Kits van Heyningen family basement into a strong public company with more than 600 employees in 13 offices around the world. Mr. Kits van Heyningen is an innovative, hands-on manager who leads the company’s development of new technologies that help KVH disrupt entrenched competitors and win leadership positions in emerging markets. Under his leadership, KVH pioneered and then dominated the global market for mobile satellite TV reception, and developed the mini-VSAT Broadband network, which is now the world’s leading maritime VSAT service. A graduate of Yale University, Mr. Kits van Heyningen has been issued seven patents and is actively involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. He regularly attends exhibitions and customer presentations, where he applies his skills and creativity to create innovative new approaches to the complex challenges that customers face at sea, on land, and in the air.