Matt Desch

CEO
Iridium

Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, Selected to Wash100 for NEXT Constellation Launch Leadership

Matt Desch
Matt Desch

Executive Mosaic is honored to announce Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications, as an inductee into the 2017 edition of the Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of the most influential voices in the government contracting arena.

Desch led the McLean, Va.-based company through the development of the $3 billion Iridium NEXT constellation and that proceeded to the launch of an initial batch of 10 satellites on Jan. 14 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The successful launch came after delays arising from separate software issues and the explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket in September 2016, which pushed back the schedule for Iridium NEXT.

Iridium plans six other launches through early 2018 for the future 81-unit constellation that will eventually replace the current aging constellation in orbit.

“It’s a very technically complex process and highly choreographed to replace the existing satellites now and validate everything… but 15 months from now, we’ll have a brand new network up for the next 15-20 years,” Desch told ExecutiveBiz shortly before the launch.

Iridium NEXT will work to provide communications, tracking, internet and mobile phone services to both commercial and government customers, as well as potentially provide an alternative navigation system amid security concerns regarding GPS.

Desch has more than 30 years of telecommunications management experience from his previous work at Bell Laboratories, Nortel Networks and Telcordia Technologies.

He is a former board member at Science Applications International Corp. and chairman of Airspan Networks, while he currently serves on the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee.

Desch joined Iridium as CEO in 2006 and has since worked to drive the satellite communications company’s innovation and growth efforts that included a February 2008 initial public offering.

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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