McLean, VA – Intelsat General, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Intelsat (NYSE: “I”), today announced that President Kay Sears has been awarded the 2014 Honorable Peter B. Teets Award, given annually by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) for industry leadership in strengthening America’s national security through space technologies. Ms. Sears has distinguished herself as 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.
Peter Teets retired as Director of the National Reconnaissance Office in 2005 after a long and distinguished career that also included serving as Undersecretary of the Air Force and as president and chief operating officer of Lockheed Martin Corporate. Teets is credited with laying the foundation of the existing U.S. national security space enterprise and with improving the acquisition, operation, and effectiveness of national security space capabilities.
“Kay Sears truly represents the letter and spirit of the progress made by Peter Teets in seeking collaboration between government and industry on a space architecture that enhances our national security,” said Steve Spengler, President and CEO of Intelsat, parent company of Intelsat General. “Kay works tirelessly with our government partners to provide the men and women stationed around the world with the most advanced and reliable communications networks available.”
The award, which specifically recognizes significant contributions to the development, introduction, operational contribution and/or support of space systems was presented at a dinner on Aug. 3. In addition to Sears, the NDIA honored Air Force Gen. John Hyten, head of Air Force Space Command, with the Teets award in the government category.