Longmont, US: DigitalGlobe appointed Jeffrey R. Tarr as its new President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective from April 5, 2011. Tarr succeeds Jill Smith, who, in September 2010, announced her intention to leave the company and was both the company’s CEO and Chairman. DigitalGlobe also named current DigitalGlobe Board Member General Howell M. Estes III as its new non-executive Chairman.
Most recently, Tarr was President and Chief Operating Officer at IHS Inc. During his tenure, IHS revenue grew to more than USD 1 billion. He joined IHS from Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) and previously was Chairman and CEO of Hoover’s, another publicly traded information company.
“With the largest image library, an extensive space and ground system, and a long history of driving innovation, DigitalGlobe is transforming the imagery-based information services market,” said Gen. Estes, who led the CEO search. “Jeff is the most qualified person to lead DigitalGlobe as it continues to expand its ability to deliver timely, accurate and essential information to government and commercial customers around the world.”
“This is an exciting time to join DigitalGlobe,” noted Tarr. “With the most capable satellite constellation, highest quality image library, and talented team of experts, DigitalGlobe plays a mission-critical role in helping customers in government and industry make high-stakes decisions.”
Gen. Estes, who assumes the role of Chairman of the Board on April 5, 2011, consults with aerospace companies around the world. He has served as an independent member of the DigitalGlobe Board of Directors since 2007. Gen. Estes has also been instrumental in advancing US leadership in the aerospace industry for several decades. He retired from the Air Force in 1998.