Thomson’s O’Hara Dies at 46
Michael D. O’Hara, a longtime top executive with Thomson who led the launch of the DirecTV Digital Satellite System in 1994, passed away Thursday after a short illness. He was 46 years old.
“Mike will always be known for his incredible energy and the joy with which he lived his life,” Thomson Senior Executive Vice President Al Arras said in a statement. “We have a lost a powerful and loving colleague, and a rare man who could assemble the right team to tackle nearly any task.”
O’Hara, who got his start in the business at General Electric, came to Thomson in 1982 and stayed for 24 years. He served as executive vice president of worldwide sales and marketing from 2000 to 2006, when he left the company to head his own consulting firm in Indianapolis, Summus Ventures.