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Matt Desch

CEO at Iridium

Matt Desch is the Chief Executive Officer of Iridium Communications Inc., the only satellite communications company that offers truly global voice and data coverage. Matt has more than 35 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 25 years in the global wireless industry. Joining Iridium in 2006, Matt has been responsible for leading the innovation and growth of Iridium, which includes taking the company public on Nasdaq (IRDM) in 2009, completing the financing and development of Iridium® NEXT, the company’s $3 billion investment in upgrading the Iridium network with powerful new satellites, and launching Iridium Certus®, a multi-service broadband platform enabled by the upgraded constellation. With Matt at the helm, Iridium has more than tripled in subscribers and more than quadrupled its operational earnings, while moving into new services like global space-based aircraft tracking with its joint-venture, Aireon. Matt is a member of the U.S. President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, the Board of Trustees of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and the Board of Directors of Unisys. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Chicago.