MDA Names New Board of Directors, Senior Execs in Support of US Access Plan Strategy; Howard Lance Comments

Howard Lance
Howard Lance

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates has appointed new board of directors and senior executives in support of the implementation of the company’s U.S. Access Plan strategy.

Howard Lance, president and CEO of MDA, said in a statement released Monday the firm’s U.S. Access Plan seeks to pursue government contracts in order to provide information technology and communications services for classified space initiatives at NASA, Defense Department and other agencies within the Intelligence Community.

Lance, who was appointed in April as MDA president and CEO, will also serve as chairman, president and CEO of holding company SSL MDA Holdings.

SSL MDA Holdings will operate its headquarters in San Francisco and serve as the operating entity for all MDA’s businesses in Canada and the U.S.

Lori Garver and Eric Zahler, both members of MDA’s board of directors, will also join SSL MDA’s board of directors.

C. Robert Kehler, a retired U.S. Air Force general, will also serve as one of the board of directors at SSL MDA.

MDA also named Joanne Isham, an IC veteran and formerly deputy director at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and CIA, to SSL MDA’s board of directors.

William McCombe, formerly senior vice president of strategy and finance at MDA, will serve as chief financial officer, SVP and treasurer at SSL MDA.

Michelle Kley, formerly vice president of legal at SSL MDA, has been promoted to SVP, chief legal and compliance officer and secretary at SSL MDA.

Bruce Stephenson, a former partner at management consulting firm Bain & Company, will serve as SVP, chief strategy and corporate development officer at SSL MDA.

Andrea Bortner, formerly chief human resources officer at Catalina, will serve as SVP and CHRO at SSL MDA.

Donald Schaefer, formerly vice president at Noblis, will serve as president at Gaithersburg, Maryland-based geospatial information services provider MDA Information Systems.

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