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Stephen Spengler appointed Intelsat deputy CEO

Satellite services company Intelsat SA has announced the appointment of Stephen Spengler as deputy chief executive officer - a promotion from the post of chief commercial officer.

"Under the company's succession plan, Intelsat chairman and CEO David McGlade will transition to the position of executive chairman, effective April 1 2015, at which time Mr. Spengler will become CEO. McGlade will have served as the company's CEO for 10 years," Intelsat said in a statement.
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In announcing the changes, McGlade said Spengler is "a proven leader with outstanding customer and communications industry knowledge and the ability to execute a global plan".

Spengler has worked in various executive positions at Intelsat since 2003, including serving as VP for sales, marketing and strategy. He has nearly 30 years' experience in the satellite and telecommunications industry, according to the company.

During his tenure at the company, he led the development of Intelsat's global mobility network, in which Intelsat now has a leading share of maritime and aeronautical broadband services.

He has also overseen the development of the company's next generation satellite platform, Intelsat EpicNG, of which the first satellite is expected to launch in late 2015.