MARCO NORTHLAND

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Born: May 13, 1958.

Family: Married, two children.

Education: Received a bachelor's degree in computer science and master's degree in telecommunications from George Washington University, St. Louis.

Career highlights: Began as an executive with Hughes Network Systems and later moved on to PanAmSat, the Connecticut-based satellite provider. While there, he helped write a business plan that would have positioned the company as a hemispheric data transmission company. The plan was rejected; he and brother Patricio launched Americatel in 1991.

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