Senior Management

MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd.

 

Howard L. Lance

President and Chief Executive Officer

Howard LanceHoward L. Lance was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd. (MDA) in May 2016. He also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of our U.S. operating company, SSL MDA Holdings, Inc. He is based at our office in San Francisco.

Previous to joining MDA, Mr. Lance served as Executive Advisor- Private Equity at the Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) since 2012. Mr. Lance served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) from January 2003-December 2011. Harris is a leading global provider of communications and information technology products, software, systems and services to government, defense, and commercial markets. Before joining Harris, Mr. Lance was President of NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) and Chief Operating Officer of its Retail and Financial Group. Previously, he spent 17 years with Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) including as executive vice president of its Electronics and Telecommunications Group, chief executive officer and director of its Astec Plc electronics subsidiary based in Hong Kong, group vice president of its Climate Technologies group and president of its Copeland Refrigeration division.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering (with honors) from Bradley University, and a Master of Science degree in management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Summit Materials, Inc (NYSE:SUM) as non-executive chairman and on the Board of Directors of Change Healthcare, Inc. as non-executive chairman.



 

Anil Wirasekara

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Anil WirasekaraAnil Wirasekara is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) in January 1996.  He is based at our office in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Mr. Wirasekara joined in 1992 and served as Manager of Operations Information and Financial Management at MDA, where he was a key manager in implementing the Company’s growth and diversification strategy.

Previous to joining MDA, Mr. Wirasekara held a variety of financial management positions with a large multi-national organization as well as five years with Ernst & Young Chartered Accountants.

Mr. Wirasekara’s professional affiliations include the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK), The Society of Management Accountants of B.C. and the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Sri Lanka).  He is also a graduate of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Management (UK).

 

Angela Lau

Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Secretary

Angela LauAngela Lau was appointed Senior Vice President, Finance and Corporate Secretary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) in July 2016. She is based at our office in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Ms. Lau also served in various leadership positions in the taxation and treasury functions of MDA. 

Previous to joining MDA in September 2006, Ms. Lau worked for many years as an income tax advisor at KPMG and was the head of taxation at a Canadian biotechnology company.   Ms. Lau also served on the Industry Tax Committee of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.

Ms. Lau earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree (with honors) from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of British Columbia.  



 

Marissa Poratto

Director, Investor Relations and Business Research

Marissa PorattoMarissa Poratto was appointed Director of Investor Relations and Business Research of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. in January 2016.  She is based at our office in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Prior to joining MDA in January 2002, Ms. Poratto was a team leader and researcher for the consulting firm McKinsey & Company providing in-depth business and technical research to the consulting staff in both the Toronto and Montreal offices.

Ms. Poratto earned an honours bachelor degree in Languages at Laurentian University and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Toronto.


SSL MDA Holdings, Inc.

 

Howard L. Lance

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Howard LanceHoward L. Lance was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, Ltd. (MDA) in May 2016. He also serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of our U.S. operating company, SSL MDA Holdings, Inc. He is based at our office in San Francisco.

Previous to joining MDA, Mr. Lance served as Executive Advisor- Private Equity at the Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) since 2012. Mr. Lance served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) from January 2003-December 2011. Harris is a leading global provider of communications and information technology products, software, systems and services to government, defense, and commercial markets. Before joining Harris, Mr. Lance was President of NCR Corporation (NYSE:NCR) and Chief Operating Officer of its Retail and Financial Group. Previously, he spent 17 years with Emerson Electric Company (NYSE:EMR) including as executive vice president of its Electronics and Telecommunications Group, chief executive officer and director of its Astec Plc electronics subsidiary based in Hong Kong, group vice president of its Climate Technologies group and president of its Copeland Refrigeration division.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering (with honors) from Bradley University, and a Master of Science degree in management from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Summit Materials, Inc (NYSE:SUM) as non-executive chairman and on the Board of Directors of Change Healthcare, Inc. as non-executive chairman.

 

Andrea Bortner

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Andrea BortnerAndrea R. Bortner was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc. (SSL MDA) in August 2016. She is based at our office in San Francisco.

Previous to joining SSL MDA in August 2016, Ms. Bortner served as EVP, Chief Human Resource Office for Catalina. Prior to this role she held various roles of leadership at Harris Corporation. Ms. Bortner consulted as an executive coach for Insight Into Actions, Inc. and held progressively responsible positions with such leading companies as Electronic Data Systems, Georgetown University, PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) and Gap Inc. (NYSE:GPS)

Ms. Bortner holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial organizational psychology from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Her additional development includes leadership courses at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, along with numerous certifications in leadership, assessment, facilitation, and coaching.

 

John Celli

President, Space Systems Loral (SSL)

John CelliJohn Celli was appointed President of SSL in June 2006. He is based at our office in Palo Alto.

Mr. Celli also served as Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Manufacturing, and Test Operations at SSL. Mr. Celli was also executive director of SSL's Intelsat IX program where he led the successful development and delivery of seven advanced multi-frequency communication satellites, and held a variety of other engineering and management positions with increasing management responsibility.

Previous to joining SSL in May 1981, Mr. Celli held design and management positions for space products and ground systems at Alenia S.P.A. (Rome, Italy) for six years, while supporting academic developments at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Rome.

Mr. Celli is a member of the AIAA and holds a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rome, Italy. In 2016 Mr. Celli was honored by the Silicon Valley Engineering Council as an entrant into its Hall of Fame, and he was also inducted into the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) Hall of Fame that same year.

 

Michelle Kley

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Compliance Officer

Michelle KleyMichelle Kley was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., in July 2016.  She is based in our office in San Francisco.

Ms. Kley joined SSL in January 2012, serving as Associate General Counsel, Vice President, Legal at SSL.

Previous to joining SSL MDA, Ms. Kley worked as a Corporate Associate for several top-tier law firms in San Francisco, including Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. and Morrison & Foerster LLP.

Ms. Kley earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology (with honors) from Sonoma State University and a J.D. degree from University of California Berkeley Law School (Boalt Hall). Ms. Kley is admitted to practice in the State of California and District of Columbia.

 

William McCombe

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

William McCombeWilliam McCombe was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer SSL MDA Holdings, Inc., in July 2016. He is based at our office in San Francisco.

Mr. McCombe joined MDA in March 2014, serving as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Finance at MDA, in addition to serving as Senior Vice President Finance and Legal at SSL.

Previous to joining MDA, Mr. McCombe was the Managing Director of Investment Banking at Bank of America, Merrill Lynch in New York and prior to that he held a similar position at Morgan Stanley. In these roles, he managed merger and acquisition transactions and financings totaling more than $100 billion for companies in the aerospace, industrial and other sectors.

Mr. McCombe began his professional career as an attorney in Melbourne, Australia.  He holds an MBA from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne.

 

Steve Oldham

Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development

Steve OldhamSteve Oldham is Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development at MDA in August 2015. He is based at our office in Richmond, British Columbia.

Mr. Oldham also served in a variety of positions in systems engineering, program management and business development since joining MDA in May 1996. He was appointed Vice President and General Manager for Satellite Missions and Robotics in 2007, overseeing the pursuit, development and launch of several large satellite programs – RADARSAT-2, RapidEye, CASSIOPE and Sapphire - and flagship programs such as the Canadarms on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. In 2012, Mr. Oldham also served as Vice President, Strategic Business Development to focus on mergers and acquisitions.

Mr. Oldham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Birmingham in England.

 

Don Osborne

President, MDA Information Systems Group

Don OsborneDon Osborne was appointed President of MDA’s Information Systems Group in June 2014. He is based at our office in Richmond, British Columbia.

Mr. Osborne also served as President, Satellite Systems, covering the Montreal and UK operations. He was then appointed President, Satellite Systems and Advanced Technologies, adding MDA’s robotics business in Brampton, Ontario to his responsibilities.

Previous to joining MDA in May 2009, he held the position of President, Advantech Networks, a provider of Satellite and Wireless Solutions for the Telecommunications and Broadband markets. Mr. Osborne also worked at Spar Aerospace in 1983 as a Mechanical Design Engineer.  After joining the management team in 1989, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Manufacturing, Engineering, Program Management, Sales and Marketing and Business Unit Management.

Mr. Osborne holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration, both from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada.

 

Don Schaefer

President, MDA Information Systems LLC

Don SchaeferDon Schaefer was appointed President of MDA Information Systems LLC (MDA IS LLC) in September 2016. He is based at our office in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Previous to joining MDA in September 2016, Mr. Schaefer held several technical and executive positions beginning his career first as a Naval Intelligence Officer, then as a Lead Engineer in General Electric’s Military and Data Systems Operations. He has also held several executive positions including Vice President at Noblis, Partner at Blue Canopy LLC, and Senior Vice President/Partner at Booz Allen Hamilton.

Mr. Schaefer holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business (with honors) from Chaminade University.

 

Bruce Stephenson

Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer

Bruce StephensonBruce W. Stephenson was appointed Senior Vice President, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at SSL MDA Holdings, Inc. in October 2016. He is based at our office in San Francisco.
 
Previous to joining MDA in October 2016, Mr. Stephenson was a Partner at Bain & Company, a global consulting firm, since 2000. He collaborated with senior executives in the global aerospace and defense sector and other industries to develop and implement growth strategies, assess and integrate acquisitions, and implement performance improvement initiatives. Mr. Stephenson was an active duty U.S. Air Force officer from 1988-1998, serving in military space leadership roles at the National Reconnaissance Office, 45th Space Wing, and 2nd Space Operations Squadron. Following his active duty career, he continued to serve as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve until his retirement in 2012, focusing on space systems acquisitions, architectures and policy.
 
Mr. Stephenson is a graduate of Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in computer studies and economics. He earned a master’s degree in applied economics at the University of Central Florida and an MBA with Distinction from the Harvard Business School.