GeoEye appoints retired USAF Lieutenant General James R. Clapper to Board of...

GeoEye appoints retired USAF Lieutenant General James R. Clapper to Board of Directors


Dulles, USA, 1 November 2006 – GeoEye, the commercial satellite imaging company, today announced the appointment of retired Air Force Lieutenant General James R. Clapper, Jr. to its Board of Directors. Lt. Gen. Clapper is a former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).

“We are honored and excited that General Clapper has joined our Board,” said Matthew O’Connell, GeoEye’s Chief Executive Officer, President and Director. “He took over NGA just two days after 9/11 and spearheaded its rapid change into a powerhouse of geospatial intelligence. I can think of no one better than Jim to join our team as we move towards the launch of our next-generation imaging satellite, GeoEye-1, in 2007. His strategic thinking will be invaluable as we address the rapidly increasing global demand for geospatial information.”

Highlights of Lt. Gen. Clapper’s military career include serving as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, in addition to a variety of intelligence-related positions including Assistant Chief of Staff, Intelligence and Headquarters USAF, during Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He also served as Director of Intelligence for three war-fighting commands: United States Forces, Korea; Pacific Command; and Strategic Air Command.

He retired as a Lieutenant General from the United States Air Force in 1995 after a 32-year career. Prior to his appointment as Director of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency in September 2001 (later renamed NGA), he worked in the industry for six years in three successive professional services companies focusing on intelligence clients. He is now the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of DFI International Government Services and a Professor of Military Intelligence at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Headquartered in Dulles, USA, GeoEye is the world’s largest commercial satellite imagery company, delivering accurate imagery and products to better map, measure, monitor and manage the world. GeoEye was formed as a result of ORBIMAGE’s acquisition of Space Imaging in January 2006. For more information, visit