MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), (NYSE: MAXR) (TSX: MAXR) has announced a newly created division, MDA Commercial, in which Michael Rack will begin as president on September 24, 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.
This is the second announcement in a month regarding appointments of executives at MDA. In June Chris Pogue was announced as President of MDA Government.
Mike Greenley, Group President of MDA said that 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.
Michael Rack said he is very proud to be returning to Canada to lead MDA Commercial. 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 them the unique opportunity to build a better world here on Earth.