Parker Steps Down At ORBCOMM.
Satellite communications pioneer led ORBCOMM's development from
its inception in 1989; Corporate development team to continue
enlarging ORBCOMM's global footprint
ORBCOMM Global, L.P. (ORBCOMM), the first commercial provider of global low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite data and messaging communications services, today announced that Alan L. Parker, has stepped down from his full-time role as President of ORBCOMM Global Development. He will continue to serve ORBCOMM on a part-time basis in corporate development, which includes securing regulatory approvals in key global markets.
Alan Parker managed the development of ORBCOMM from its inception in 1989, leading the company from its conceptual stage to its position as a leader in global data communications. As President and CEO, Mr. Parker was responsible for the development and management of ORBCOMM, including marketing, distribution, technical and regulatory strategies. He was instrumental in raising over $400 million in capital for the system.
In the spring of 1998, Mr. Parker turned his full attention to ORBCOMM's worldwide initiative to secure regulatory approvals in key global markets and develop the next generation of ORBCOMM satellites and services. As a testament to the success of his efforts, ORBCOMM has service licensee partners covering most of the globe and full or provisional operating licenses in 25 countries, with many more countries close to issuing regulatory approval.
"ORBCOMM's success can be tied directly to Alan Parker's tireless efforts over the past ten years, and his daily presence certainly will be missed," said Scott L. Webster, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ORBCOMM. "Alan's accomplishments speak for themselves. He has made a significant contribution to ORBCOMM, as well as to the satellite industry as a whole. We are pleased to have the opportunity to benefit from his on-going contributions to ORBCOMM's future."
Prior to his tenure at ORBCOMM, Mr. Parker spent 25 years with Ford Aerospace Corporation (now part of Lockheed Martin Aerospace) and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Parker served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ford Aerospace Satellite Services Corporation from 1982 to 1986 and was Vice President of Marketing and Business Planning of Ford Aerospace from 1976 to 1986. Prior to 1976, Mr. Parker held several marketing and product planning positions at Ford Motor Company, including Car Product Development, Ford of Europe and Corporate Product Planning and Research.
Mr. Parker received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the International Small Satellite Organization (ISSO) in 1995 for his work on the ORBCOMM project. His affiliations include: Member of the U.S. Delegations to the ITU Radio Conferences in 1992, 1993, 1995 and 1997; Advisory Panel for the Advanced Space Transportation Technologies, directed by the Office of Technology Assessment, U.S. Congress, 1987 and 1988; Commercial Space Transportation Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1986; President's Private Sector Survey on Cost Control in the Federal Government, Grace Commission, 1982; and a Director to the Society of Satellite Professionals International.
ORBCOMM provides two-way monitoring, tracking and messaging services through the world's first low-Earth orbit satellite-based data communications system. ORBCOMM applications include monitoring of fixed assets such as electric utility meters, oil and gas storage tanks, wells and pipelines and environmental projects; tracking of mobile assets such as commercial vehicles, trailers, rail cars, heavy equipment, fishing vessels, barges and government assets; and messaging services for consumers and commercial and government entities.
ORBCOMM is a partnership owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE:ORB) and Teleglobe Inc. of Canada. Teleglobe is listed on the NYSE, TSE (Toronto Stock Exchange) and ME (Montreal Exchange) under the TGO symbol. Orbital is a space technology company that designs, manufactures and markets a broad range of space products and satellite-based services. Orbital's experience includes carrying out more than 215 satellite, rocket and space payload missions during the past 15 years. Teleglobe Inc. is recognized as a world leader in global telecommunications. The Teleglobe network links North America with more than 240 countries and territories.
For more information on ORBCOMM services, please call 1-800-ORBCOMM, or visit the ORBCOMM web site at www.orbcomm.com.
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|Date:||Mar 4, 1999|
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