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October 01, 2013 08:00 ET

Astrium Services Government Inc. Appoints Ed Spitler President

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwired - Oct 1, 2013) -   Astrium Americas, an EADS North America company, has appointed Ed Spitler as president of its subsidiary Astrium Services Government, Inc.

Spitler, who served as Astrium Services Government, Inc.'s chief operating officer since May 2012, brings more than 25 years of senior executive level experience in military, government and commercial satellite operations. He will be responsible for leading the development and execution of the company's overall business strategy.

Astrium Services Government, Inc., a trusted provider of commercial and military satellite communications solutions to the U.S. government, is a leading operator of customized and secure end-to-end satellite communications services. Headquartered in Rockville, Maryland, the company delivers a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (X-Band, UHF, C-Band, Ku-Band and Ka-Band) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to the U.S. government and military for their most critical missions.

Spitler is well known in the telecommunications and satellite communications industries and is often called upon for expert advice in U.S. government procurement practices. Spitler spent over a decade at ARTEL as vice president of managed network services. He served as the program director for the DISN Satellite Transmission Services-Global (DSTS-G) and Future COMSATCOM Service Acquisition (FCSA) Contract. He has also held key leadership positions at several major corporations, including ITT, Raytheon and MCI. He spent six years active duty in the U.S. Army as a cryptographic and telecommunications specialist.

Spitler is the recipient of numerous industry awards including the Washington Technology's Government Channel Leadership Award and is a recipient of Intelsat's Partnership Award. He is a three-term officer on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter for the Society of Satellite Professionals International and currently serves as its president.

"Ed's background with the Department of Defense along with his extensive knowledge of government procurement will be a tremendous asset as we continue to expand our business in support of military requirements," said Michael Kostelnik, president of Astrium Americas.

"As the only commercial owner and operator of secure military hardened satellites with our fleet of Skynet 5 spacecraft, Ed's appointment comes at a time when the U.S. government is increasingly reaching out to commercial satellite operators to provide unique and tailored solutions for the ultimate in secure SATCOM," said Simon Kershaw, executive director of government communications for Astrium Services.

For U.S. government customers, Astrium Services Government, Inc. provides communications services through a one-stop-provisioning agreement. The company's solutions are cost-effective, secure and scalable with quality of service that support's the most critical missions including communications-on-the-move, asset tracking, troop welfare, infrastructure design and operation and civil security.

About Astrium Americas
Astrium Americas, an EADS North America company, was incorporated in July 2012 and is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It provides Astrium's advanced telecommunications, geo-information, space transportation and satellite capabilities specifically tailored to meet the demanding requirements of U.S. and Canadian customers.

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the U.S.-based operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense, and related services. EADS contributes more than $14 billion to the U.S. economy annually and supports over 225,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers. EADS North America, headquartered in Herndon, Va., offers a broad array of advanced solutions to meet U.S. military and commercial requirements, including fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft, homeland security systems, public safety communications, defense electronics and avionics, and threat detection systems.

About Astrium

Together, pioneering excellence

Astrium is the number one company in Europe for space technologies and the second in the world. It is the only global company that covers the full range of civil and defence space systems, equipment and services.

In 2012, Astrium had a turnover over EUR 5.8 billion and 18,000 employees worldwide.
Its three business units are: Astrium Space Transportation, the European prime contractor for launchers, orbital systems and space exploration; Astrium Satellites, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipment; Astrium Services, the Space services partner for critical missions, providing comprehensive fixed and mobile solutions covering secure and commercial satcoms and networks, and bespoke geo-information services, worldwide.

Astrium is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

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Contact Information

  • Press contacts:
    Quentin Hunstad
    (EADS-NA, Astrium Americas)
    Tel.: +1 703 466 5779

    Jeremy Close
    (Astrium)
    Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 3872

    Melina Sirimson Patsis
    (Astrium Services Government, Inc.)
    Tel: + 1 301 838 7802