Matt Desch

CEO
Iridium

Iridium CEO Matt Desch Chosen to 2016 Wash100 for NEXT Program Investment Leadership

Desch_matt_wash100_2016Executive Mosaic is glad to announce Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch, for the second consecutive year, as an inductee into the 2016 Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena.

Desch has led the McLean, Va.-based satellite network and services provider since 2006 and stewarded the company through both its 2008 initial public offering on the NASDAQ stock market and 2009 merger with special purpose acquisition company GHL Acquisition Corp. to create the company now known as Iridium.

Iridium’s revenue has increased 18 percent in the five full years since the merger with profit up more than twofold in that timespan.

Another major storyline for Iridium in 2015 was its efforts toward the startup of the 66-satellite Iridium NEXT constellation, which has a scheduled launch date of July 2016 with 10 satellites initially and Iridium intends to have the network at full-operational status by the end of 2017.

The company has invested $3 billion into the “NEXT” constellation and Desch has told investors Iridium expects the effort to spur continued revenue growth from fiscal year 2017 onward.

SpaceX will carry NEXT’s first 10 satellites into space in July 2016 and a Dnepr rocket will subsequently launch two more after Kosmotras obtains approval for the launches, Desch said to investors Feb. 25.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX outfit originally was contracted to carry out its first and second launches four months apart but that timeline has been reduced to three, he told investors then.

“We’re lucky to have in SpaceX a launch provider flexible enough to move our launch up by a month with this little notice,” Desch said.

When complete, Iridium NEXT will offer mobile communications to customers across the globe with 100-percent coverage and also offer the opportunity for hosted payloads, a tool built to operate separate communications networks independently of the satellite bus.

Executive Mosaic congratulates Matt Desch and the Iridium team for their selection to receive this award.

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Iridium Eyes Mid-June Launch for 2nd Batch of NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments Feb 15, 2017
Iridium, SpaceX Close Deal on NEXT, NASA-GFZ Satellite Rideshare; Matt Desch Comments Feb 01, 2017
Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, Selected to Wash100 for NEXT Constellation Launch Leadership Feb 01, 2017
Iridium Taps SpaceX for Rideshare Launch of NEXT, NASA-GFZ Satellites; Matt Desch Comments Jan 31, 2017
First Iridium ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch Deployed to Space After SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch Jan 14, 2017
Iridium Eyes Satellite Launch on Jan. 14 Aboard Falcon 9; Matt Desch Comments Jan 10, 2017
Reports: SpaceX Delays Falcon 9 Rocket Launch Due to Bad Weather Jan 09, 2017
Iridium CEO Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Constellation to Offer Updated Services for Customers Jan 06, 2017
CEO Matt Desch Previews Iridium’s ‘NEXT’ Chapter, Satellite Launch Jan 05, 2017
SpaceX Schedules Iridium NEXT Satellite Launch on Jan. 8; Matt Desch Comments Jan 04, 2017
SpaceX Sets Jan. 8 Launch for Iridium NEXT Satellites Jan 03, 2017
Iridium Sets Dec. 16 Launch for Initial NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments Dec 06, 2016
Iridium, Boeing Restructure Satellite Operations, Maintenance Partnership; Matt Desch Comments Dec 01, 2016
Iridium Sets Satellite Constellation NEXT Launch Date for Dec. 16; Matt Desch Comments Dec 01, 2016
Iridium to Hire Some Boeing Employees in Satellite Partnership Restructuring Effort Nov 30, 2016
Iridium's Matt Desch: Falcon 9 Stage 1 Booster Delivered to California Nov 29, 2016
Matt Desch: SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket’s Stage 1 Booster Arrives in California for Iridium Satellite Launch Nov 23, 2016
Matt Desch: SpaceX ‘Back on the Path’ for Iridium Satellite Launch After Rocket Explosion Nov 10, 2016
Iridium CEO Matt Desch Hopeful for SpaceX's Return to Launch Services by End of Year Nov 01, 2016
SpaceX Narrows Focus of Investigation Into Root Cause of Falcon 9 Pad Explosion Oct 31, 2016
Matt Desch: Data Quality to Drive Potential Customer Commitment on Iridium NEXT Aug 29, 2016
Weekly Roundup August 22 - August 26 2016: JPMorgan Analyst Bullish on Defense & more Aug 26, 2016
Matt Desch: Potential Iridium NEXT Customers Eye Data Quality Preview Before Commitments Aug 24, 2016
Orbital ATK Delivers 2 Iridium NEXT Satellites to Vandenberg AFB; Matt Desch Comments Aug 08, 2016
Orbital ATK Ships Initial Iridium NEXT Satellites to Vandenberg AF Base; Matt Desch Comments Aug 04, 2016
Thales Alenia, Orbital ATK Complete 1st Set of Iridium NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments Jul 20, 2016
Weekly Roundup July 11 - July 15 2016: Boeing Throws Hat Into Defense Services M&A Mix & more Jul 15, 2016
Thales Alenia Space-Orbital ATK Team Completes 1st Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites; Matt Desch Comments Jul 14, 2016
Iridium Preps Launch of 1st NEXT Satellites Batch in September; Matt Desch Comments Jun 17, 2016
Iridium to Launch First NEXT Satellite Batch in September; Matt Desch Comments Jun 15, 2016
Iridium to Provide New Broadband Satcom Service in Q2 2017; Matt Desch Comments Jun 13, 2016
Iridium to Launch Satellite Broadband Service in Q2 2017; Matt Desch Comments Jun 07, 2016
Iridium Offers Satellite-Based Alternative to GPS Service; Matt Desch Comments May 25, 2016
Iridium's Matt Desch Seeks Satellite System for Real-Time Flight Info Broadcasts May 24, 2016
Matt Desch: Iridium Releases Positioning, Navigation & Timing Tech Offering May 23, 2016
Matt Desch: Iridium Mulls Satellite to Track Aircraft GPS Transponder Following EgyptAir Crash May 23, 2016
Matt Desch: 1st-Gen Iridium NEXT Constellation in Good Health, New Satellites Launch in July May 04, 2016
Space News: Iridium NEXT Constellation on Pace for July Launch May 02, 2016
Iridium CEO Matt Desch is 2016 Wash100 Inductee for NEXT Satellite Project Vision Apr 05, 2016
Matt Desch: FAA Should Decide Soon on Transition to New Aircraft Surveillance System Mar 21, 2016
Matt Desch: FAA Should Make Aircraft Surveillance System Decision By Year's End Mar 09, 2016
Iridium CEO Matt Desch Chosen to 2016 Wash100 for NEXT Program Investment Leadership Feb 26, 2016
Matt Desch: 1st Iridium NEXT Satellites to Launch in July With SpaceX Rocket Feb 26, 2016
Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Launch Pushed Back to July on Russia Approval Process Delay Feb 25, 2016
Matt Desch: First Iridium NEXT Satellites to Launch in April Nov 13, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Reschedules Initial NEXT Satellite Launch to April Nov 12, 2015
Iridium 3Q Earnings, Revenue Beat Wall Street Estimates; Matt Desch on Currency Headwinds Oct 29, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Launch Costs at $3B Sep 01, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Put $3B Toward 66-Satellite Constellation Aug 31, 2015
MATT DESCH: IRIDIUM NEXT FULL DEPLOYMENT BY DECEMBER 2017 Aug 03, 2015
Iridium Gov’t Revenue Up 12% in 2Q; Matt Desch Offers NEXT Program Update Jul 30, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Moves to Secure Next Satellites with Spares, Insurance, Free Reflights Jun 15, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Seeks Insurance on NEXT Satellites Jun 12, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Moves Closer to Global Aircraft Tracking with NEXT Jun 03, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Installs NEXT Satellite Air Traffic Surveillance Payload Jun 02, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Offers Satphones for ITU Relief, Rebuilding Efforts May 22, 2015
ITU Takes Iridium Satellite Phone Donation for Emergency Communications; Matt Desch Comments May 21, 2015
IRIDIUM REVENUE POSTS DOUBLE-DIGIT GROWTH; MATT DESCH SEES M2M, NEW PRODUCT GAINS FOR 2015 May 01, 2015
Iridium 1Q Gov't Service Revenue Up 13%; Matt Desch on Company's New Air Traffic Pacts Apr 30, 2015
Matt Desch: Startups' Microsatellites Plans Present Innovation Possibilities, Challenges for Industry Mar 30, 2015
Iridium's Matt Desch: Communications Satellite Requires High Startup Costs Mar 27, 2015
Matt Desch Selected to Wash100 for Leadership in Global Satellite Communications Mar 18, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium Seeks to Expand Broadband Service Diversity Through Thales Partnership Mar 12, 2015
Matt Desch: Thales Joins Iridium’s Broadband Service Manufacturing Partner Network Mar 11, 2015
Matt Desch: Iridium NEXT Launch Moved to October But 2017 Completion on Track Mar 04, 2015
Iridium CEO Matt Desch: SpaceX, Kosmotras Ready for Rescheduled Iridium NEXT Launch Mar 03, 2015
MATT DESCH: FEDERAL GOV’T WORK HELPS SPUR IRIDIUM FY 2014 REVENUE BUMP Feb 27, 2015
Iridium Reports 7% Revenue Jump in FY 2014, 11% for Gov't Segment; Matt Desch Comments Feb 26, 2015
MATT DESCH MAKES WASH100 LIST FOR IRIDIUM ROLE IN GLOBAL SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS Jan 30, 2015
Matt Desch, Iridium CEO, Chosen to Wash100 for Global SATCOM Leadership Jan 29, 2015
IRIDIUM CEO MATT DESCH SEES SATELLITE TECH EVOLUTION IN AVIATION Jan 05, 2015
Iridium's Matt Desch: Industry Seeks to Bolster Flight Tracking with Satellite Tech Dec 31, 2014
Matt Desch: Int'l Maritime Agency Subcommittee Backs Iridium's Proposed Mobile Satcom Offering Jul 07, 2014

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