Kay Sears Honored by NDIA for Leadership in Space

Intelsat General Corporation (IGC) President Kay Sears is the recipient of the Honorable Peter B. Teets Award for 2014. The Space Division of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) will formally present the award during a ceremony on Monday, August 3, in Chantilly, VA.

This annual citation is the Space Division’s highest honor and serves to recognize public and private sector leadership or achievement that results in significant contributions to the development, introduction, operational contribution or support of space systems. Kay is the industry category honoree this year.

Kay has been a strong and influential technology leader for over 22 years in the satellite communications industry and has extensive experience in delivering rapid-response solutions to both military and civilian agencies of the U.S. government. Under her leadership, IGC has been a leader in technological innovation to better support government customers. Kay has also played a leading role in advocating changes in how the U.S. government procures commercial satellite capacity, which will result in better service for the warfighter and savings for U.S. taxpayers.

The Government category honoree for 2014 is General John Hyten, Commander Air Force Space Command. General Hyten has distinguished himself as a leader in space systems operations and development for over 34 years and has had an extensive record of success, innovation, and contributions to national security space. At the beginning of this year General Hyten laid out his vision for making Space Command a stronger and more nimble force in this video.

“Pete Teets was a patriot and gentleman,” said Kay after hearing of the award. “Collaborative, smart yet not egotistical about it, and someone who developed relationships at every level. He worked hard to find common ground by listening and appreciating all positions. He was not really an ‘insider’ in government, coming from the commercial side, t yet he really brought a business sense to the entire Air Force. Because of him, we now focus on space as a warfighting domain that requires continuous innovation and collaboration across the commercial, military, and Intel communities.”

The NDIA is America’s leading Defense Industry association promoting national security. NDIA provides a legal and ethical forum for the exchange of information between Industry and Government on National Security issues. The dinner falls in conjunction with the 2015 NDIA Space Division National Security Space Policy and Architecture Symposium on August 4, 2015 at the TASC Heritage Center.

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