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SES Government Solutions Completes Leadership Team with Key Strategic Appointment

SES Government Solutions solidifies leadership team of the newly combined organization  

Reston, Va. November 8, 2022 – SES Government Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, announced today a recent addition to its leadership organization. The newly appointed Senior Vice President (SVP) for Strategic Development, Jay Icard, will drive the organization forward to its next phase of growth and transformation as a leader in integrated multi-orbit, multi-band SATCOM network solutions.

The announcement is a key building block in SES Government Solutions’s journey to position the organization and strategically define a new era of SATCOM excellence while meeting the demanding requirements of its U.S. Government customers.

Jay Icard, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development
Jay is a seasoned leader with over 30 years of industry experience in government and enterprise telecommunications and 15+ years in commercial satellite integration.

Jay comes to SES Government Solutions most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at XTAR, where he was responsible for the overall direction, strategy, and business operations. While at XTAR, Jay combined his technical background, business acumen and operational know-how to transform the company into a trusted source for advancing industry innovation within the “Fighting SATCOM” vision of the US Space Force. Prior to XTAR, Jay held profit and loss (P&L) management and business development leadership roles with TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS) and Comtech. At TCS and Comtech, he was responsible for Strategic Business Development for major US Government programs and held leadership positions in Cyber Security, Satellite Managed Services and Professional Services. Prior to Comtech and TCS, Jay worked for Oracle, MCI and in the Department of Defense acquisition community.

“I’m excited to announce the appointment of Jay Icard to our leadership team. Jay is an exceptionally qualified leader who is bringing expertise and forward-thinking direction in the key area of Strategic Development which will enable us to efficiently promote, influence, and educate our customers,” said David Fields, President and CEO of SES Government Solutions. “The breadth of SES Government Solutions’s capabilities now spanning both connectivity and integration allows for building, managing, and supporting the most advanced end-to-end satellite network solutions for the US Government, and Jay will lead the charge on that growth and development.”

For further information please contact:

Jon Bennett
Government Affairs, Marketing & Corporate Communications, SES Government Solutions
Tel. +1 703 610 0998

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About SES Government Solutions

SES Government Solutions is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, and is exclusively focused on building, managing, and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the US Government. SES Government Solutions leverages a proven multi-operator network integration and management capability, an extensive global terrestrial network, as well as access to SES’s multi-orbit satellite fleet. It also offers US Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES Government Solutions operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the US Government satcom market for over four decades. Further information can be found at

About SES 

SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries ~8,000 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at:


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