EarthData today announced the promotion of Jorge A. Canovas to the new position of director of international and government relations.
The appointment of Canovas, an attorney experienced in international relations and federal affairs, is another step in EarthData’s drive both to provide international markets with the same advanced technologies and services available in the United States and to continue building congressional support for critical domestic geospatial preparedness and other programs. As director of international and government relations, Canovas will expand EarthData’s business in nations where geospatial services are critically needed, as well as broaden EarthData’s government affairs practice to increase the U.S. legislative constituency for and awareness of the latest mapping technologies.
Canovas said his initial goal will be to educate EarthData customers and U.S. government decision- makers about EarthData’s two exclusive technologies: ISTAR and GeoSAR. “Internationally, I will inform agencies about the benefits of EarthData’s technologies and the remarkable impact they can have in nations where areas have not been well mapped,” he said.
Prior to his position with EarthData, Canovas served as chief operating officer for an international internet company with offices in the United States, India, and the Philippines. During a previous six-year tenure with the Swiss Procurement Company, Canovas directed all foreign government relations and general business operations throughout Latin America, Africa, and the Far East. For the last year, he has been director of EarthData’s legal and regulatory affairs.