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XTAR appoints Andrew Ruszkowski as CCO

Promotion comes despite downturn for government contractors

Andrew Ruszkowski has been named CCO at XTAR, a provider of satellite capacity to US and allied governments in the X-band frequency. In the newly created position, Ruszkowski will continue to support XTAR’s fleet development to sustain current and anticipated government and military requirements, including working with the Department of Defense to assist its acquisition and procurement of commercial satellite communications.

“Andrew’s leadership in 2013 has produced a strong bottom line that has been not only stable, but actually increased by 12% over the previous year,” says Philip Harlow, President and COO of XTAR. “In a year marked by cutbacks across the Department of Defense, we were very pleased to realise the growth we’ve had. Andrew has refocused our sales efforts and better defined the value proposition of commercial X-band, and of XTAR specifically. His efforts to develop our niche of providing space segment to applications well-suited to X-band, while also growing our international business, have spurred our latest success.”

Ruszkowski joined XTAR in 2010 as Vice-President of Global Sales and Marketing. He has nearly two decades of experience in the commercial satellite industry, where he most recently held senior sales positions at SES, New Skies and PanAmSat.