Brigadier General (R) Peter “Pete” Hoene is the President and CEO of SES Space and Defense. Hoene retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 following 30 years of service. In his last active duty position, Hoene served as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs.
Prior to his DISA assignment, he was a Commander of the 350th Electronic Systems Wing (C2&ISR Wing) at the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control (C2), ISR, Space and Cyber programs valued at more than $9 billion.
COL (R) Randall “Randy” Bland serves as the Senior Director for Integrated Development at SES Space and Defense, where he works with various combatant commands and services helping to define their ComSatCom requirements.
Prior to coming to SES Space and Defense, Bland held multiple positions within the U.S. Army and DISA. He began his military career in 1984 with the Army Signal Corps. He retired from active duty in 2012, when he was serving as the Director of Operations for United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) J6. Prior to this role, he commanded the 7th Theater Tactical Signal Brigade (TTSB). His decorations include the Bronze Star, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters. He has been awarded the Army Senior Parachutist Badge and was a 1991 winner of the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award.
Rich Pang is the Senior Director for Hosted Payloads at SES Space and Defense, where he is responsible for seeking, pursuing, and securing opportunities to support U.S. Government missions around the world through the use of hosted payloads. Prior to joining SES Space and Defense, Pang served in the United States Air Force, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
He retired in 2010 after twenty-one years of service as the Director of Operations at the Program Executive Office for Environmental Satellites, where he led a diverse team of over a hundred personnel from the Department of Defense, the Department of Commerce, and government contractors responsible for the operations and maintenance of the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program and the WindSat/Coriolis mission.
Tim Deaver serves as the Vice President of Corporate Development at SES Space and Defense, where he leads all SES Space and Defense development activities and hosted payload programs. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Deaver was the lead for all U.S. Government programs within SES’s Corporate Development office. In this position, Mr. Deaver also served as the Program Manager and eventually the Program Executive for the Commercially Hosted Infra-red Payload (CHIRP) program.
Prior to joining SES, Mr. Deaver served 22 years in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of Lt Colonel. His most recent military assignment was as Deputy Chief of the Space Control Architecture Division at the National Security Space Office, where he directed the development of a long-term architecture for the Department of Defense’s space control capabilities.
Jeff Rowlison joined SES Space and Defense in February 2015 and serves as the Vice President, Government Affairs. In this position, Jeff is responsible for formulating and implementing strategic legislative and government affairs strategies and initiatives to generate federal support for programs of interest to SES Space and Defense while also representing SES Space and Defense via a wide array of executive and legislative branch outreach and engagement efforts.
Prior to joining SES Space and Defense, Mr. Rowlison served over 23 years in the U.S. Air Force in a variety of operational Command and Control, Intelligence and Congressional Liaison leadership positions.
Mr. William “Bill” Flynn is Vice President of Programs at SES Space and Defense, where he is responsible for leading the Program Management Organization, and enforcing SES Space and Defense standards for managing programs to deliver high-quality end-to-end satellite communications services to meet U.S. Government critical mission requirements.
Mr. Flynn joined SES Space and Defense following 26 years of service in the Navy, both as a Naval Officer and Civil Servant. He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and entered the Submarine service pipeline. In 1993, he was assigned to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV). He served as requirements officer and sponsor for the Global Command and Control System – Maritime (GCCS-M) Afloat. Following two years as Russian Team Leader within the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) Submarine Warfare Operations and Research Branch (SWORD), he was assigned as an international arms control project manager in the Cooperative Threat Reduction directory, Defense Threat Reduction Agency.
Upon retirement from Active Duty in 2002, Mr. Flynn transitioned to U.S. Navy civil service, in which he was selected as the Technical Measurements Branch Head, Acoustic Intelligence Division within Office of Naval Intelligence. In 2004, he was selected as the Director, SPAWAR Washington Liaison Office.
Ryan Schradin is the Executive Editor of GovSat Report. A communications expert and journalist with over a decade of experience, Ryan has edited and contributed to multiple popular online trade publications focused on the satellite, unified communications and network infrastructure industries. In addition to editing content and establishing editorial direction, Ryan also contributes articles about satellite news and trends, and also conducts both written and podcast interviews for the GovSat Report. Ryan also contributes to the publication’s industry event and conference coverage, providing in-depth reporting from leading satellite shows.