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Intelsat names David Wajsgras as its next CEO

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Intelsat has selected David Wajsgras as its next chief executive officer (CEO).

Effective as of April 4, Wajsgras will succeed Stephen Spengler, who announced plans to retire from the role in October 2021.

“Dave Wajsgras is a results-oriented leader with a great track record of performance throughout his career,” said Lisa Hammitt, chairperson of the Intelsat board of directors.

“He develops talent and builds teams, thinks and acts strategically, and engages positively with customers and other stakeholders to the benefit of the business. Dave is just the right person to lead Intelsat at this important time.”

“As we welcome Dave, we also will be saying goodbye to Steve Spengler. The members of the Board – and indeed the whole Intelsat team – owe great thanks to Steve for his tremendous contributions to the company for 18 years and his steady and accomplished leadership over the past seven. His retirement is well earned.”

Wajsgras enters the role with two decades of experience at the senior executive management level, having delivered operational, strategic and financial leadership in both the commercial and defence industries.

Prior to his appointment, Wajsgras served as president of the global, $7.5 billion, advanced-technology Intelligence, Information and Services business at the former Raytheon Company, now part of Raytheon Technologies. Before joining Raytheon as chief financial officer, Wajsgras held the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer at Lear Corporation.

“Intelsat has a leading position in the market and a strong, global team of professionals,” said Wajsgras.

“While the company has made history over nearly 60 years, it’s Intelsat’s future that excites me most. With a focus on customers and a commitment to delivering on our promises, we’re ready to write the next chapter in the story of communications and connectivity.”

In related news, earlier this month Intelsat marked several strategic partnerships. The first was a collaboration with Vodacom DRC and Intelsat to provide its new Ku-band services and its CellBackhaul service. This was followed by connectivity deals with Orange Mali and TIM Brasil.

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