Chris Pogue appointed president of MDA Government

Canada-based MDA, a Maxar Technologies company (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.) announced on June 12 the appointment of Chris Pogue to serve as president of the newly created division, MDA Government. In addition, MDA has announced an organizational shift to better align with the market and customers’ needs.

Pogue assumes responsibility for taking MDA Government to the next level of growth and profitability and will report to Mike Greenley, the group president of MDA. Pogue will have responsibility for the following lines of business; Defence, Earth Observation Systems, Enterprise IT, and Government Space Robotics.

“I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Pogue as president MDA Government.  Chris is a dynamic, transformational leader with multi-disciplinary experience and a proven track record of effective leadership, and driving significant business growth while consistently increasing profitability,” said Mike Greenley, group president of MDA. “We expect that Chris will help drive rapid growth and address diverse mission requirements for government customers by leveraging MDA’s unique capabilities and collaborating with Maxar’s other leading space technology companies, SSL, DigitalGlobe and Radiant Solutions to accelerate innovation for the new space economy.”

Most recently, Pogue served as vice president, Mission Systems International and vice president Public Safety and Security Solutions at General Dynamics Mission Systems where he has worked for 8 years. Prior to General Dynamics, he was president of CAE Defence and Professional Services. Prior to joining the private sector, he had a very successful 18-year career in the Canadian Air Force. Chris has a B.Sc in physics and an M.Sc in physics and oceanography from Royal Roads Military College in British Columbia, followed by executive education at the universities of York, Liverpool, and Harvard Business School.

“This is an exciting time to join the MDA team as part of the industry-leading Maxar family, and it’s my honor to lead MDA Government. I know first-hand the importance of the critical mission support we deliver to the Canadian government and our international allies. MDA has pioneered some of the most impactful technology innovations in Canada’s history,” said Pogue. “I’m confident we will continue to lead innovation in Canada, serve our government customers flawlessly and profitably grow MDA’s business globally.”

In conjunction with this change, to better align with market and customer needs, MDA also announced the establishment of the MDA Commercial division which will manage the following lines of business; Commercial Space Robotics, Commercial or Industrial Products, Antennae’s & Electronics, Payloads, Non-Space Products. MDA is pursuing the appointment of the president for the MDA Commercial division and plans to optimize around the new structure by the end of 2018.

Source: MDA