Maxar Technologies has appointed Chris Johnson as Senior Vice President of Space Programmes Delivery (SPD), overseeing spacecraft and robotic systems from design to distribution.
Johnson has spent more than 20 years at Boeing, where he was most recently president of Boeing Satellite Systems International. In that role, he was responsible for strategy, capture, development and manufacturing of the company’s commercial satellite business. Prior to that, Johnson was vice president of Boeing’s commercial satellite services division and held a number of defence and intelligence-related engineering management and business development roles.
In his new role leading the SPD organization at Maxar, Johnson will oversee design, manufacturing, integration, test and delivery for the company’s portfolio of space platforms and space-based robotics systems. He will lead a team of 1,900 employees at the company’s Palo Alto, San Jose and Pasadena facilities.
Johnson’s new position will be effective May 24 when he will succeed Paul Estey, who was Maxar Space Solutions executive vice president for customer relations before taking on the role on an interim basis on January 29.
Speaking about the new role, Dan Jablonsky, CEO of Maxar, said: “We are exceptionally pleased to have a leader of Chris’s calibre join Maxar’s executive leadership team and take on this critical role. His track record of performance and deep understanding of every aspect of satellite manufacturing and space programmes will be invaluable as we continue to grow our space business and deliver innovative, reliable and cost-effective solutions for our commercial and government customers.”
Chris Johnson, added: “Maxar has a 40-year heritage in commercial space and is rapidly becoming an indispensable asset to US strategic programmes. It is a privilege to lead Maxar’s space teams as we continue to deliver for our customers, drive innovation, streamline operations and take on new customer missions.”