This July, the parent company of Intelsat General, Intelsat S.A., will be moving its Washington, DC, office to a new office building in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Intelsat General will leave its Bethesda, MD, headquarters later this year and move to a separate floor in the same building.
SatCom Frontier reached out to Tim Carnahan, Vice President of Finance and Administration, for some background on the relocations.
What are the reasons for moving the headquarters?
First of all, our customers want us to deliver technical and service innovations, as well as be efficient, and moving to our new location, is the best way to do so.
And second, we took a hard look at our offices from the employee perspective. IGC realizes that a comfortable, modern workplace fosters collaboration, both internally and with our customers.
Our new, open workspace and state-of-the-art technology is part of creating an enhanced culture at IGC, one that supports creativity and innovation. We engaged leaders in the workspace design field to assist us on this front.
Our new office will include teaming areas that will drive collaborative efforts between customer facing functions like sales and engineering as well as support groups. This new arrangement will benefit our customers as well as our employees.
Overall, it was time to modernize the workplace both in technology and aesthetics. This will be of great value for retention and future recruiting. Plus Tysons is a very exciting area today!
What procedures were put in place to ensure information security and continuity?
This was something the company was extremely mindful of when preparing for the move. Information security is always our highest priority along with meeting our customers’ operational needs.
Connectivity for all our communications will be enhanced including communications with our Intelsat Secure Operations Center (ISOC). And, our new location has more robust final mile connectivity which will be a big benefit relative to supporting all applications used at the new Tysons office..
Why was Northern Virginia chosen as your new home?
As I mentioned earlier, it is an exciting area to do business. There were numerous options that the company considered and Tysons Corner made the most sense for a variety of reasons. We look forward to our employees enjoying the amenities available in such a vibrant area as well as our terrific, new workplace. It is a change, however, and we all recognize that it’s not easy for everyone.
Of course the Silver Line of the Metro system will open soon providing a commuting option for some of our employees. We are also offering a telecommuting option and flex scheduling as we transition from Bethesda to Tysons Corner.
Additionally, Northern Virginia has made a name for itself as the home of many technology companies. That sort of vibe will enhance the cultural shift that is part of our move objective.
What impact, if any, will this move have on your customers?
Our main mission here at IGC is meeting, and even exceeding, our customers’ expectations. The enhanced opportunity for internal collaboration as well as with other technology firms in the area, make this a smart decision for our customers. Anything we do to help spark new, innovative solutions internally will strengthen us as a company.
We believe this new workspace puts us in position to be an even better partner with our commercial and government customers as we address the challenges and opportunities of the years ahead.