Mr. Bertiger concluded a thirty-year career at Motorola, retiring in 2002 as Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Global Telecommunications Sector, after holding that position for three years. He is an executive manager who has operated multi-billion global businesses with extensive experience in telecommunications, wireless, electronics, semi-conductors, and software.
Mr. Bertiger’s approach of combining vision, strategy and execution has resulted in building global organizations producing increased revenues and profits for long-term stability. He has a unique ability of building international distribution, development and manufacturing partners. During his tenure, the revenue in the Global Telecommunications Sector grew more than 27% with corresponding increase in operating margins and profits, to become a $10 billion division within Motorola.
From 1988-1994, while serving as the Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the Satellite Communications Division, Mr. Bertiger was the visionary who architected and developed the world’s first global communications system, later to become known as Iridium. In this role, he was responsible for the technical execution, vendor partnership and multi-billion dollar fund raising. Leveraging this experience, he went on to run the $2 billion Satellite Communications Group as Senior Vice President and General Manager from 1994-1999. Prior to his work in the Satellite arena, Mr. Bertiger was Chief Engineer for the Government Electronics Group, where he identified the synergies between Motorola’s government and commercial businesses to become the dominant supplier of cellular systems.
Mr. Bertiger has been involved in a number of acquisitions and growing business entities. He holds 13 patents, is a Motorola Distinguished Innovator, and a Dan Noble Fellow. He was named an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate in 1996 and inducted into their Hall of Fame at the National Air & Space Museum. He holds an advanced degree in electrical engineering.