Telesat's U.S. government arm brings in new president

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The subsidiary received the needed facility clearances in April so it could work on classified contracts.

Satellite network operator Telesat has hired a new president for its subsidiary focused on the U.S. government in Philip Harlow, a 25-year market veteran of other communications services companies.

Harlow succeeds the retiring Tom Eaton, who has led the Telesat Government Solutions business for nearly a year. Eaton also spent seven years as vice president of international sales at the Telesat parent company.

“This is a transformative time in the satellite industry, and the perfect time to join Telesat Government Solutions as we execute pathfinder programs to make the [Defense Department's] proliferated [low-Earth orbit] vision a reality,” Harlow said in a release Friday.

Telesat Government Solutions is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and operates under a special security agreement with the U.S. government given the parent company's headquarters are in Ottawa, Canada. The subsidiary received its facility clearances under that agreement in April.

Harlow was most recently chief executive at DTC Communications for nearly four years. He spent the eight years prior to that as president and chief operating officer at XTAR. His career also includes roles at companies such as Caprock Communications, Leonardo DRS, Intelsat General and Esatel Communications.