Space News — June 6, 2016
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Personnel File

PIP McCROSTIE, is joining INMARSAT’s board Sept. 1 as a non-executive director and member of the London-based satellite fleet operator’s audit committee. McCrostie, who is retiring at the end of June from the professional services firm formerly known as Ernst & Young, heads to Inmarsat as long-serving non-executive board member STEPHEN DAVIDSON prepares to step down ahead of Inmarsat’s annual shareholders meeting next June. Inmarsat said it will continue to bring new non-executive directors onboard as long-serving directors retire.

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ILS taps former Sea Launch exec to lead sales

"I was drawn to the opportunity to work with top-notch launch professionals — both with ones I’ve worked with and competed with in the past,” says Peter Stier, the new senior director of sales at International Launch Services, the Reston, Virginia company that markets Russia’s Proton rocket to the commercial satellite industry. “I decided to return to the launch services industry given its significant importance to the success of our customers’ business. I want to take on the challenges presented by a rapidly changing launch supply base, in a highly competitive segment with a company whose products I believe in.”

Career Highlights: Stier led sales efforts at ILS competitor Sea Launch for more than a decade, but left the stalled company last year for a short stint at L-3 Communications, where he was senior director of business development.

Competitive Landscape: “I think it’s fair to say SpaceX is our biggest competitor. When I was at Sea Launch, they were up-and-coming but they certainly weren’t at their preeminent or their established position now. So we’re going to have to figure out ways and new services to effectively compete against them going forward and I think ILS has a number of plans in the works that will be released in due time.”

Education: Stier studied business at California State University, Long Beach.
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