Richard White, Robert Zitz, Tim Gillespie Take New Leadership Roles at SSL’s Govt Systems Business

Palo Alto, California-based satellite manufacturer Space Systems Loral has appointed three executives to oversee the company’s government systems business unit that provides support to U.S. government clients and related programs.

Richard White, senior vice president of government systems at SSL, has been promoted to president of SSL Government Systems and will be responsible for the unit’s growth initiatives in the government market, SSL said Wednesday.

Before he joined the firm in October 2016, White previously served as CEO of Capstone Corp. and held senior management positions at Harris Corp. (NYSE: HRS).

Robert Zitz, a 30-year federal government veteran, has joined the MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates  subsidiary to serve as SVP and chief strategy officer of SSL Government Systems.

Prior to SSL, Zitz worked at Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) as strategic account executive and chief systems architect.

He is former civilian intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and his government career includes senior leadership roles at the CIA, National Reconnaissance Office, Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Agency, among other agencies.

Tim Gillespie, formerly VP of transformational programs and national security at Engility (NYSE: EGL), has been named VP of business development for national programs at SSL’s government systems segment.

Prior to Engility, he held senior executive positions at Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and Boeing (NYSE: BA).

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