Press Release

Bien, Kenne and Shea provide strategic counsel for solutions-oriented organizational focus

May 3, 2007 – Princeton, NJ/McLean, VA – AMERICOM GOVERNMENT SERVICES, Inc. (AGS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, announced today that retired Air Force Lieutenant General Leslie F. Kenne is joining retired Navy Vice Admiral Lyle G. Bien and retired Marine Lieutenant General Robert M. Shea on the AGS Advisory Board effective immediately. Established in 2006, the primary purpose of the Board is to advise the AGS CEO, retired Air Force Brigadier General Tip Osterthaler, and the other members of the AGS leadership team.

In announcing the expansion of the Advisory Board, AGS President and CEO Tip Osterthaler, said, “We are extremely fortunate to have General Kenne as part of the AGS team. Given the pivotal role that the U.S. Air Force plays in space, we needed the insights and experience of a senior Air Force officer. In addition, General Kenne brings to an already strong advisory board very high level acquisition experience as well as excellent technical credentials in areas such as command and control systems.”

General Kenne’s last Pentagon assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff for Warfighting Integration where she was responsible to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force for the formulation and execution of policy and strategy to integrate command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities to enable more effective employment of air and space power. Her outstanding 32-year Air Force career included service as Deputy Director (Acquisition) for Fighters, Weapons, and C2 Vice Commander of Aeronautical Systems Center, and Commander, Electronic Systems Center. As an expert in complex systems and their integration, Kenne currently serves on the Board of Directors of three companies, as the Special Compliance Officer for a major aerospace company, and is a member of the Air Force Studies Board.

As a member of the Advisory Board, General Kenne will be working with Admiral Bien, a nationally recognized expert in command and control and satellite systems. After a distinguished career as a Naval Flight Officer, including tours as a “Top Gun” instructor and several high-level operational commands, Bien served as Deputy Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Space Command, where among other things he was responsible for the design of the Wideband Gapfiller satellite program. Currently Bien serves on the U.S. Naval Space Panel on naval space and communications, he is a member of the US Strategic Command’s Strategic Advisory Group, and serves on several corporate, college and university Boards.

General Kenne will also work on the Board with General Shea, who completed his 36-year U.S. Marine Corps career as the Joint Staff J-6, the principal advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on all Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems. Prior to that, Shea commanded numerous USMC and joint units, including a tour as Commander, 9th Communications Battalion during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Recognized by both military and industry organizations for his Information Technology expertise, he serves as a senior consultant to and member of the Board of several commercial companies. Shea has been named as one of the 2007 Federal 100 top executives from government, industry and academia who had “the greatest impact on the government information systems community.”


AMERICOM GOVERNMENT SERVICES, Inc. (AGS), an independent corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of SES AMERICOM, Inc., is exclusively focused on meeting the satellite communication needs of the U.S. Government. Leveraging more than three decades of experience in the government SATCOM market, AGS offers robust and secure satellite-based communications solutions. By integrating hybrid telecommunications and information technology systems, including leading-edge IP platforms and applications, AGS provides secure broadband communications in support of mission-critical needs as well as day-to-day operations. With access to a fleet of 36 satellites offering comprehensive global coverage and bandwidth portability, AGS’ full range of customized satellite services includes highly reliable fixed, transportable and on-the-move solutions. AGS’ reputation as a provider of high-value end-to-end solutions has been validated by long-term relationships with diverse customers including: DoD, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, Department of Commerce/NOAA, Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Transportation, NASA, and other civilian and defense-related agencies.
#  #  #
Monica Morgan, +1-609-987-4143

Share the Post: