EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Bernee D.L. Strom, president of InfoSpace.com Ventures, LLC and former chief executive officer of Priceline.com, has been elected to the board of directors of Hughes Electronics Corporation. Strom's appointment is the continuation of Hughes' strategy to broaden the expertise of its board by adding independent members with knowledge and experience directly related to Hughes' future markets and growth opportunities. "Bernee Strom brings a wealth of information on managing Internet content and e-commerce to Hughes at a time when Hughes is focusing its resources on the growth of its services businesses," said Michael T. Smith, chairman and chief executive officer of Hughes. "Hughes is the world's leading provider of digital entertainment and information, and Bernee's insight into the rapidly growing Internet market will be valued as Hughes rolls out the interactive DIRECTV(R) and consumer DirecPC(R) products it is introducing with America Online, and develops future broadband opportunities." Strom was elected to the board on Monday, bringing the membership to nine. The board includes one member of Hughes management, three members of General Motors management, three members who are also outside GM directors, and two independent, non-affiliated members. Hughes in October elected Alfred C. Sikes, president of Hearst Interactive Media and former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to its board. Ms. Strom, 51, was named president of InfoSpace.com Ventures in January after having served as president and chief operating officer of InfoSpace.com, Inc. since November 1998. She remains a member of the board of directors of InfoSpace.com, a leading global provider of infrastructure services for Web sites, merchants and wireless devices. Ms. Strom from July 1997 to December 1998 served on the board of directors of Walker Digital, an intellectual property studio that invents, patents and licenses processes, systems and technologies that leverage larger existing marketing systems. She served as the founding CEO of Walker Digital's first spin-out Internet commerce company, Priceline.com. Prior to joining Walker, Ms. Strom was president and CEO of U.S.A. Digital Radio, which is developing a technology to serve as a worldwide standard for AM and FM digital radio broadcasting. She also is a founder and shareholder, and was a principal, of the Gemstar International Group Ltd., which invented the VCR Plus+ Instant Programmer. Ms. Strom was responsible for developing and implementing the business strategy and marketing for the products worldwide. Ms. Strom was founder, president and CEO of MBS Technologies, Inc., a computer software company that published the FileRunner program, and served as chairman of Quantum Development Corporation, a software company specializing in business analysis and optimization applications. Since 1990, Ms. Strom has served as managing partner of the Strom Group, an investment, management consulting and business advisory firm that specializes in the startup of new firms, especially in high technology. A graduate of New York University with a bachelor's degree, summa cum laude, in mathematics and history, Ms. Strom also earned a master's degree in mathematics and mathematics education from New York University, and received an MBA with highest honors in finance from the Anderson School at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ms. Strom, who served as a former senior executive at the Los Angeles Herald Examiner and a senior management consultant at Deloitte, Haskins & Sells, is on the boards of directors of Polaroid Corporation, InfoSpace.com and ImageX.com. She is on the board of advisors of the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University, and is a trustee of the National Public Radio Foundation. Hughes Electronics is a unit of General Motors Corporation. The earnings of Hughes are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the General Motors Class H common stock (NYSE: GMH).
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