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SSL BUILDS EXECUTIVE TEAM FOR US GOVERNMENT SYSTEMS

Palo Alto, Calif. – April 12, 2017 Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that it is increasing its commitment to support U.S. Government missions with key executives that bring a depth of experience to the company. Under the direction of Richard White who was promoted to President of SSL Government Systems, Robert Zitz has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for SSL Government Systems.  He is joined by Tim Gillespie, who takes on the role of Vice President of Business Development, National Programs for SSL Government Systems.

“I am extremely pleased to make these additions to the management team,” said Howard L. Lance, president and chief executive officer of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc. “Collectively these appointments heighten our ability to pursue and serve our growing base of U.S. government programs and customers.”

Richard White, President of SSL Government Systems
Mr. White, who joined SSL in October 2016 as the Senior Vice President of Government Systems at SSL, will continue to focus on growth in the U.S. government business as well as developing robust solutions across all U.S. government agencies and departments, and will work closely with operations across the company. Mr. White was previously Chief Executive Officer at Capstone Corporation, a privately held services provider to the U.S. Government. Before that he served in senior management roles at Harris Corporation from 1982 to 2013, and has been working with the U.S. Government for over 30 years to provide advanced mission critical solutions. Mr. White is a graduate of the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from the Florida Institute of Technology. He resides in Reston, Virginia, and is based at the SSL Government Systems office in northern Virginia.

Robert Zitz, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, SSL Government Systems
Mr. Zitz served the U.S. government for more than 30 years where he made key contributions to improve the processes and outcomes for national security and intelligence missions. He started his career as a U.S. Army civilian intelligence officer supporting counter-terrorism operations.  He went on to hold a number of senior executive leadership positions with the Army, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the National Security Agency (NSA), the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the U.S. Secret Service (USSS) and the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).   He demonstrated expertise and leadership in intelligence analysis, modeling and simulations, architecture analysis, strategy, budget, research & development, cyber-security and infrastructure protection.  Upon retiring from government service in 2011, Rob joined the executive ranks of SAIC (later Leidos) where he served as Chief Systems Architect and corporate Strategic Account Executive, focused on growing the company’s Intelligence Community market. Mr. Zitz holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from George Mason University and was a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.

Tim Gillespie, Vice President, Business Development for National Programs, SSL Government Systems
Mr. Gillespie is a seasoned industry professional who will be responsible for growing business across the Defense and Intelligence agencies and departments of the U.S. Government. Since 2013, he was the Vice President, Transformational Programs and National Security for Engility, where he led business development pursuits across the numerous U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence agencies. Prior experience included seven years with Northrop Grumman in its Intelligence Systems division as an Account Director for its classified customers and as the Director of Advanced Technology and Mission Programs. Mr. Gillespie also worked for 20 years with Lockheed Martin in progressively responsible positions within strategic planning and business development. Mr. Gillespie earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

About SSL
Space Systems Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for 60 years, SSL's advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

About SSL MDA Holdings
SSL is a subsidiary of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., which is based in San Francisco, CA.  SSL MDA Holdings is a wholly owned subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) and serves as the operating company for all MDA businesses.

About MDA
MDA (TSX: MDA), is a global communications and information company providing operational solutions to commercial and government organizations worldwide.

MDA's business is focused on markets and customers with strong repeat business potential, primarily in the Communications sector and the Surveillance and Intelligence sector. In addition, the Company conducts a significant amount of advanced technology development.

MDA's established global customer base is served by more than 4,800 employees operating from 15 locations in the United States, Canada, and internationally.

The Company’s common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “MDA.”

 

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www.mdacorporation.com
www.sslmda.com

 

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Contact
Wendy Lewis | SSL Media Contact | 1-650-852-5188 | wendy.lewis@sslmda.com
Wendy Keyzer | MDA Media Contact | 1-604-231-2743 | wendy@mdacorporation.com
Marissa Poratto | MDA Investor Relations | 1-604-331-2044 | mporatto@mdalimited.ca