​Board Members


Howard L. Lance

President and Chief Executive Officer
MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.
San Francisco, California
Director since May 16, 2016

Howard LanceMr. Lance, of San Francisco, California is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He joined the Company in May 2016. Mr. Lance was Executive Advisor at Blackstone Group’s private equity business from 2012 to 2016. From 2003 to 2011, Mr. Lance was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Corporation, an international communications and information company serving government and commercial customers. Prior to Harris Corporation, Mr. Lance served as President and Chief Operating Officer of NCR Corporation from 2001 to 2003. From 1984 to 2001, Mr. Lance served in a variety of progressively more senior roles at Emerson Electric Company, lastly as Executive Vice President of the Electronics and Telecom segment.


Robert L. Phillips

Chairman of the Board
West Vancouver, British Columbia
Director since October 22, 2003

Robert PhillipsMr. Phillips, of West Vancouver, British Columbia, has been a Director of the Company since October 22, 2003. Mr. Phillips is a Corporate Director. Mr. Phillips retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the BCR Group of Companies in 2004. Prior to joining BCR, Mr. Phillips was Executive Vice President, Business Development and Strategy for MacMillan Bloedel Ltd. and previously held the positions of President and Chief Executive Officer at the PTI Group Inc. and Dreco Energy Services Ltd. Mr. Phillips has also enjoyed a prestigious law career and was appointed Queen's Counsel in Alberta in 1991. Currently, Mr. Phillips is a Director of several corporations, including Canadian National Railway Corporation, Canadian Western Bank, Precision Drilling Corporation, and West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. Mr. Phillips has attained degrees in chemical engineering and law from the University of Alberta.


Dennis H. Chookaszian

Chairman of the Audit Committee
Wilmette, Illinois
Director since July 28, 2005

Dennis ChookaszianMr. Chookaszian, of Wilmette, Illinois, has been a Director of the Company since July 28, 2005. Mr. Chookaszian is a Corporate Director. From November 1999 until February 2001, Mr. Chookaszian served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of mPower, Inc., a financial advice provider focused on the online management of 401(k) plans.  Mr. Chookaszian served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CNA Insurance Companies ("CNA") from September 1992 to February 1999. During his 27-year career with CNA, Mr. Chookaszian held several management positions at the business unit and corporate levels, including President and Chief Operating Officer from 1990 to 1992 and Chief Financial Officer from 1975 to 1990. He served as Chairman of the Executive Committee of CNA from 1999 to 2001. He served as Chairman of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council from 2007 to 2011. Mr. Chookaszian currently serves as a Director of Career Education Corporation, CME Holdings, and Prism Technologies. Mr. Chookaszian is a Certified Public Accountant.


Lori B. Garver

Chairman of the Governance and Nominating Committee
McLean, Virginia
Director since July 30, 2015

Lori GarverMs. Garver, of McLean, Virginia, has been a Director of the Company since July 30, 2015. Ms. Garver is General Manager of the Air Line Pilots Association. Ms. Garver served as Deputy Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) from 2009 to 2013. She previously worked at NASA from 1996 to 2001 within the Office of Policy and Plans, culminating in reporting directly to the NASA Administrator on NASA's policies and long range plans. Outside of NASA, Ms. Garver was Executive Director of the National Space Society for nine years and worked for Capital Space, LLC and DFI International as a Vice President.


Joanne O. Isham

Alexandria, Virginia
Director since November 1, 2016

Joanne IshamJoanne Isham, of Alexandria, VA, has been a director since November 1, 2016. Ms. Isham had a distinguished career as a Senior Executive in the U.S. Intelligence Community until her retirement in 2006. She held senior policy and national security space positions, serving as deputy director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; deputy director, Science and Technology, Central Intelligence Agency; director, Congressional Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency; and director, Legislative Affairs, National Reconnaissance Office. Subsequently, she held executive positions with BAE Systems, Inc., High Performance Technologies, Inc. and L-1 Identity Solutions, Inc.


C. Robert Kehler

Alexandria, Virginia
Director since November 1, 2016

General KehlerMr. Kehler (USAF retired), of Alexandria, VA, has been director since November 1, 2016. Mr. Kehler has also served as a non-executive director of Inmarsat plc since May 2014. Mr. Kehler had a distinguished military career with deep focus on U.S. military space strategy and policy. He served as Commander, U.S. Strategic Command; Commander, Air Force Space Command; Deputy Commander, U.S. Strategic Command; Director, National Security Space Integration; and Commander, 21st Space Wing. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1975 as a Distinguished Graduate of the Pennsylvania State University R.O.T.C. program, has master’s degrees from the University of Oklahoma in Public Administration and the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies, and completed executive development programs at Carnegie-Mellon University, Syracuse University and Harvard University.


Brian G. Kenning

Vancouver, British Columbia
Director since May 14, 2003

Brian KenningMr. Kenning, of Vancouver, British Columbia, has been a Director of the Company since May 14, 2003. Mr. Kenning is a Corporate Director. Mr. Kenning was a Managing Partner of Brookfield Asset Management, a company involved in the real estate, asset management and power generation sectors, from 1995 to January 2005. From 1988 to 2005, Mr. Kenning was also Chairman and Managing Partner of B.C. Pacific Capital Corporation, a Brookfield affiliate active in merchant banking and investing. Mr. Kenning is currently a Director of the British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd., and the Fraser Institute. Mr. Kenning has also been Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Over the past ten years, Mr. Kenning has served as Director of a number of public and private corporations. In addition, Mr. Kenning is a past Governor of the Business Council of British Columbia and a past Director of the B.C. chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Kenning graduated from Queen's University with an MBA in 1973.


Eric J. Zahler

Chairman of the Human Resources and Management Compensation Committee
New York, New York 
Director since May 1, 2014

Eric ZahlerMr. Zahler, of New York, New York, has been a Director of the Company since May 1, 2014. Mr. Zahler is Managing Director of Sagamore Capital Group LLC, a private equity firm pursuing investments in the aerospace/defense, industrial electronics and selected business service markets. From February 2000 to November 2007, Mr. Zahler was President and Chief Operating Officer of Loral Space & Communications Inc., a global satellite communications services provider and a manufacturer of commercial satellites. From 1992 to 2000, Mr. Zahler held varying senior level management positions at Loral and its predecessor companies. From 1975 to 1992, Mr. Zahler was an attorney at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP, where he was elected Partner in 1983. Mr. Zahler currently serves as a Director of exactEarth Ltd. Mr. Zahler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Yale University and a law degree from Harvard Law School.