Michael A. Neuman
Michael Neuman (born 1955) is a Canadian-born executive who has managed telecommunications and broadcast television companies in Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In Canada, he formed and became CEO of WorldLinx Telecommunications Inc. and launched MediaLinx which formed the ISP Sympatico. He was CEO of satellite TV provider Bell ExpressVu and acted as President of Bell Mobility where he joined forces with Sir Richard Branson to launch Virgin Mobile Canada. He was President of Fortune 300 company EchoStar, which operates DISH Network in the U.S., and CEO of British telecom outfit iaxis prior to its sale to Dynegy Inc., in 2000.
He is married with two children.
In 1984, Neuman founded and became Managing Director of telecom startup V Band PLC in the United Kingdom. The company sold and installed trading room telecom systems for financial institutions in London's Square Mile. The company was sold to Telephone Rentals PLC in 1987. Neuman joined the board of V Band Inc. in 1988 as Vice Chairman and was appointed CEO later that year.
In the early 1990s, Neuman founded and became CEO of WorldLinx Telecommunications Inc. (a subsidiary of BCE Inc), a data communications company. On behalf of BCE, Neuman led the formation of the Beacon Initiative, a 10-year, $8 billion upgrade to Canada’s fiber optic network. Under Neuman, WorldLinx also launched a subsidiary, MediaLinx, which in turn launched Sympatico.
ExpressVu / Bell ExpressVu
In 1994, Neuman formed and led a new satellite television business on behalf of a group of telecom and broadcast investors which became ExpressVu and later Bell ExpressVu, after becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of BCE. Under Neuman, ExpressVu distributed Canada’s first national broadcast of High Definition programming, the country’s first satellite internet service and the then-largest hockey programming line-up in the country, NHL Centre Ice. ExpressVu is now the third largest TV distributor in Canada. Neuman resigned from Bell ExpressVu in November 1999.
In 1999, Neuman joined the British telecom firm iaxis as President and CEO with a mandate to build and operate a fiber optic network covering 12,000 miles through the major capitals of Europe. iaxis NV was sold in 2000 to Dynegy Inc.
Bell Mobility / Virgin Mobile
In 2002, Neuman assumed the leadership of BCE’s mobile phone operator Bell Mobility. In 2004, Neuman orchestrated the deal with Virgin Mobile to form a new, jointly owned property, Virgin Mobile Canada, launched in February 2005.
In 2005, Neuman was appointed President and COO of EchoStar Corporation, operator of the American satellite TV service provider DISH Network. At DISH, Neuman created a marketing sensation by offering free satellite TV service for 10 years to any city or town in the USA that would change its name to ‘DISH’. A Texas town subsequently did so. Neuman resigned as President of EchoStar in February 2006.
In 2007, Neuman was recruited by Frank Stronach of Magna International with a mandate to reverse the fortunes of Stronach’s failing horse racing company Magna Entertainment Corp. Neuman resigned after 5 months as the corporation’s 6th president in seven years. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009.
- Advance Cultural Technologies Newsletter, 1994 Archived 2011-07-06 at the Wayback Machine.
- Digitalhome.ca Archived 2009-06-03 at the Wayback Machine.
- Hollywood Reporter article on Neuman resignation from ExpressVu, 1999
- Press release announcing sale of iaxis to Dynegy Inc., 2000
- Press release announcing Neuman appointment as CEO of Teleglobe, 2001 Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
- Press release announcing Bell Mobility / Virgin Mobile Partnership, 2005
- Multichannel News Article on Neuman COO appointment at EchoStar, 2005
- Press release announcing name change of Dish, Texas, 2005
- Multichannel News Article on Neuman resignation from EchoStar, 2006
- Toronto Star Article on Neuman appointment to Magna Entertainment, 2007
- CBC Article on Magna Entertainment Bankruptcy, 2009