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Rack to lead new MDA Commercial

MDA appointed Michael Rack as president of the newly created MDA Commercial division beginning September 24, 2018, which is to focus on space systems growth in what the company describes as the “New Space Economy.” MDA itself is a division of Maxar Technologies, formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates.


July 30, 2018
By Wings Staff
Michael Rack returns to Canada to lead the newly created MDA Commercial entity.

The addition of Rack, along with the recently announced appointment of Chris Pogue as president of MDA Government, rounds out the MDA senior leadership organization announced in June 2018. Rack will lead the growth of MDA Commercial’s product lines including space robotics, space sensors (the recently acquired Neptec), antennas and electronics, payloads, and non-space products.

“Michael is a proven business leader in aerospace, defence, and space commercial products,” said Mike Greenley, group president of MDA. “Hallmarks of his past performance include driving top and bottom line growth, achieving high levels of customer engagement and business outcomes. Michael brings the right skills at the right time for the next phase of MDA growth.”

Rack joins MDA after a 23-year career in executive aerospace, defence, security, and space industry positions. In his most recent position as senior vice president at Inmarsat, he led two of the company’s core aviation businesses. Prior to Inmarsat, Rack worked for General Dynamics Mission Systems, where he was vice president of international sales.

“I am very proud to be returning to Canada to lead MDA Commercial,” said Rack. “It is an exciting time of transformation in the space industry, as new commercial markets open for satellites, on orbit servicing, space exploration, space mining, space manufacturing, and even space tourism.”