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Maxar Technologies' MDA appoints Michael Rack President, MDA Commercial to Lead Space Systems Product Growth in the New Space Economy

Press Release From: MDA
Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced the appointment of Michael Rack to serve as President of the newly-created MDA Commercial division beginning September 24, 2018. The addition of Rack, along with the recently announced appointment of Chris Pogue as President of MDA Government, rounds out the MDA senior leadership organization announced in June 2018.

Rack will lead MDA Commercial and have responsibility for global growth and operations of all the commercial product lines including space robotics, space sensors (the recently acquired Neptec), antennas and electronics, payloads, and non-space products. Rack will report to Mike Greenley, the Group President of MDA.

Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA said, “Michael is a proven business leader in aerospace, defence, and space commercial products. Hallmarks of his past performance include driving top and bottom line growth, achieving high levels of customer engagement and business outcomes. Michael brings the right skills at the right time for the next phase of MDA growth.” 

Rack joins MDA after a 23-year career in executive aerospace, defence, security, and space industry positions. In his most recent position as Senior Vice President at Inmarsat, he led two of Aviation’s Core Businesses. Prior to Inmarsat, Rack worked for General Dynamics Mission Systems, where he was Vice President of international sales.

“I am very proud to be returning to Canada to lead MDA Commercial,” said Michael Rack. “It is an exciting time of transformation in the space industry, as new commercial markets open for satellites, on orbit servicing, space exploration, space mining, space manufacturing, and even space tourism. The product lines across MDA Commercial are world leading, and the teams have extensive heritage across the fields of space-based communications, earth observation, and space exploration that give us the unique opportunity to build a better world here on Earth.”

About MDA

MDA is an internationally recognized leader in space robotics, space sensors, satellite payloads, antennas and subsystems, surveillance and intelligence systems, defence and maritime systems, and geospatial radar imagery. MDA’s extensive space expertise and heritage translates into mission-critical defence and commercial applications that include multi-platform command, control and surveillance systems, aeronautical information systems, land administration systems and terrestrial robotics. MDA is also a leading supplier of actionable mission-critical information and insights derived from multiple data sources. Founded in 1969, MDA is recognized as one of Canada’s most successful technology ventures with locations in Richmond, Ottawa, Brampton, Montreal, Halifax and the United Kingdom. MDA is a Maxar Technologies company (TSX: MAXR) (NYSE: MAXR). For more information visit www.mdacorporation.com.

About Maxar Technologies

As a global leader of advanced space technology solutions, Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is at the nexus of the new space economy, developing and sustaining the infrastructure and delivering the information, services, systems that unlock the promise of space for commercial and government markets. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides vertically-integrated capabilities and expertise including satellites, Earth imagery, robotics, geospatial data and analytics to help customers anticipate and address their most complex mission-critical challenges with confidence. With more than 6,500 employees in over 30 global locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands includes MDA, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions. Every day, billions of people rely on Maxar to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that Build a Better World. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information visit www.maxar.com.

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