Intelsat’s Board of Directors elected Dave McGlade, currently Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to the position of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 1, 2013. Mr. McGlade has served as the Company's Chief Executive Officer for eight years.
Mr. McGlade has appointed Stephen Spengler to the position of President and Chief Commercial Officer, effective March 18, 2013, a new role for the Company. Mr. Spengler has been with Intelsat in various executive positions since 2003, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Strategy. Mr. Spengler has over 25 years' experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry. Mr. Spengler will maintain his responsibilities covering corporate strategy, product innovation, global sales, government sales including oversight of Intelsat General Corporation, marketing, product development and corporation communications, and will be adding responsibility for business development.
Michael McDonnell, Intelsat's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, remains in his current role in the leadership team, and will add responsibility for corporate development.
Michelle Bryan has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. Prior to joining Intelsat, Ms. Bryan served as General Counsel of US Airways Group and Laidlaw International. Ms. Bryan will succeed to the general counsel role effective March 18, 2013, and will maintain her responsibilities covering human resources and corporate services.
The current General Counsel, Phillip Spector, will transition to a new role as a member of Intelsat's Board of Directors, effective April 1, 2013. A sector expert with over 30 years of practice in the satellite and telecommunications sector, Mr. Spector has served since 2005 as Intelsat's Executive Vice President, Business Development and General Counsel.
In other executive changes, Thierry Guillemin was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Guillemin most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Technical Officer. Mr. Guillemin has over 25 years' experience in the satellite industry and is responsible for satellite operations, spacecraft development and acquisition. Mr. Guillemin will maintain responsibility for network and teleport operations, network engineering, satellite operations, space systems management and planning, and joint responsibility for information technology.