MDA appoints Chris Pogue as president of MDA Government

MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.), has announced the appointment of Chris Pogue to serve as president of the newly created division, MDA Government.

In addition, MDA has announced an organizational shift to better align with the market and customers’ needs.

Pogue assumes responsibility for taking MDA Government to the next level of growth and profitability and will report to Mike Greenley, the group president of MDA.

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Pogue will have responsibility for the following lines of business; Defence, Earth Observation Systems, Enterprise IT, and Government Space Robotics.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Pogue as president MDA Government. Chris is a dynamic, transformational leader with multi-disciplinary experience and a proven track record of effective leadership, and driving significant business growth while consistently increasing profitability,” said Greenley.

“We expect that Chris will help drive rapid growth and address diverse mission requirements for government customers by leveraging MDA’s unique capabilities and collaborating with Maxar’s other leading space technology companies, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions to accelerate innovation for the new space economy.”

Most recently, Pogue served as vice-president, Mission Systems International and vice-president, Public Safety and Security Solutions, at General Dynamics Mission Systems, where he worked for eight years.

Prior to General Dynamics, he was president of CAE Defence and Professional Services.

Prior to joining the private sector, Pogue had a successful 18-year career in the Canadian Air Force. He has a bachelor of science in physics and an master’s degree in physics and oceanography from Royal Roads Military College in British Columbia, followed by executive education at the universities of York, Liverpool, and Harvard Business School.

“This is an exciting time to join the MDA team as part of the industry-leading Maxar family, and it’s my honour to lead MDA Government. I know first-hand the importance of the critical mission support we deliver to the Canadian government and our international allies. MDA has pioneered some of the most impactful technology innovations in Canada’s history,” said Pogue.

“I’m confident we will continue to lead innovation in Canada, serve our government customers flawlessly and profitably grow MDA’s business globally.”

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In conjunction with this change, to better align with market and customer needs, MDA also announced the establishment of the MDA Commercial division which will manage the following lines of business: Commercial Space Robotics, Commercial or Industrial Products, Antennas and Electronics, Payloads; and Non-Space Products.

MDA is pursuing the appointment of the president for the MDA Commercial division and plans to optimize around the new structure by the end of 2018.

Together, MDA Government and MDA Commercial divisions position MDA for growth by optimizing our internal structure to best meet the needs of our customers in this exciting growth industry.

This structure allows for different approaches to business development and sales, engineering and delivery specific to the needs of the markets they serve and ultimately drive growth and operational excellence for the organization.

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