Iridium expands SDA operations with John McNiff hire

On March 18, McLean, VA-based Iridium Communications Inc. announced that John McNiff has joined Iridium as vice president and general manager overseeing Iridium’s Space Development Agency (SDA) support.

In this new role, McNiff is providing leadership and strategy for Iridium’s SDA-related business, as it establishes the ground Operations and Integration (O&I) segment for Tranche 1 of the Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture (PWSA). The core operations and integration functions include enterprise management, network management, mission management, payload data management, and constellation monitoring that spans the ground, link, space, and user segments of the architecture.

McNiff joins Iridium from Microsoft Federal where he led the Intelligence Operating Unit focused on delivery of Microsoft products and services to its key national security customer vertical. With more than 30 years of experience, McNiff has held numerous executive positions within the federal contracting industry. He spent 16 years at Northrop Grumman, holding senior executive management positions in program management, P&L operations, business development, and corporate strategy. He began his career as an engineer and product manager for commercial satellite and cellular telecommunication companies including GTE and Iridium.

“John brings a great deal of experience and expertise that will help turbocharge Iridium’s SDA operations,” said Scott Scheimreif, executive vice president of government programs, Iridium. “After having previously worked at Iridium as a product manager years ago, we’re glad his career has come full circle with him re-joining our team in this new role. We look forward to his leadership in driving smooth SDA operations and continued success.”

Source: Iridium

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