US:Iridium Communications announced the appointment of S. Scott Smith for the role of Executive Vice President for Iridium NEXT, the company’s next generation satellite constellation programme. The appointment of Smith comes as Lee Demitry, the company’s current executive vice president for Iridium NEXT, announces his resignation. Effective Monday, April 19, Smith will join Iridium to lead the design, build, launch and implementation of Iridium’s next generation satellite network. Today, Iridium operates the world’s only truly global communications network, which also has the distinction of being the world’s largest commercial satellite constellation.
“Scott is a superb executive with the right business experience and technical expertise to lead us into the next phase of the Iridium NEXT programme, and we are very pleased to welcome him to the Iridium team,” said Matt Desch, CEO, Iridium. “Scott has an impressive track record of success leading teams on complex technology development initiatives, and I am confident that he is the right leader at the right time as we move into the development, build and launch phases for our next constellation.”
Smith joins Iridium from DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial remote sensing satellite company, where he has served as chief operating officer since 2005. In this role, he oversaw the company’s operations and engineering organisations; production strategy; satellite commissioning and ground systems; and the company’s global expansion of its direct access business. During his tenure, he led development and operations for WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, the world’s most sophisticated high resolution imaging satellites, which were launched in 2007 and 2009 respectively.