ORBCOMM selects new CEO and president

ORBCOMM LLC, the new owner of the first fully operational low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite-based data communication system, announced today that it has selected Hans E. W. Hoffmann as its new CEO.

DULLES, Va., Aug. 6, 2001 — ORBCOMM LLC, the new owner of the first fully operational low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite-based data communication system, announced today that it has selected Hans E. W. Hoffmann as its Chief Executive Officer and President.

This news follows a prior announcement that International Licensees LLC, a consortium of ORBCOMM licensees and affiliates, including OHB Systems GmbH, ORBCOMM Asia Ltd. and private investors, had purchased the business and assets of ORBCOMM Global, L.P. and its other entities.

Hoffmann has over 35 years of international experience in aeronautical and space engineering and satellite communications. He has held a number of executive management positions with responsibility for the technological development and integration of high-profile satellite and space launch programs, including Spacelab, ARIANE and HELIOS. Hoffmann has also held executive management positions in marketing, sales and business development. Most recently, Hoffmann served as President of STN Atlas Elektronik GmbH, a 5,200-person German-based corporation that manufactures products for the aerospace, navy equipment and military markets.

Hoffmann was a Fulbright scholar and the recipient of numerous honors including NASA’s Distinguished Public Service Medal (for Spacelab development leadership), Aviation Week’s Man of the Year Award (for the creation of INTOSPACE), the Engineering Science Award by the International Academy of Astronautics and the Ordre National du Merit by the French Government.

“Hoffmann is one of the true pioneers of the aerospace industry, and we are delighted to benefit from his proven vision and leadership,” said Don Franco, an ORBCOMM Director. “We are confident that Hoffmann will significantly strengthen ORBCOMM’s business operations and enhance the value of ORBCOMM’s services.”

“The selection of Hoffmann as ORBCOMM’s CEO and President is an important next step in our plans to move the business forward,” said Gene Song, another ORBCOMM Director. “We are excited about ORBCOMM’s future and the many new opportunities that Hoffmann’s diverse background and business management expertise provide the company.”

“I am pleased to join this dynamic organization with such strong potential to capitalize on the global satellite data communication industry,” said Hoffmann. “I believe ORBCOMM has the unique technology backed by a talented team of experts, experienced manufacturers and a successful distribution network needed to achieve our business goals and establish our niche in the global marketplace. I look forward to working closely with the Board of Directors in achieving our strategic goals and to continue providing high quality service to our customers around the world as soon as my non-immigrant status is approved.”


ORBCOMM provides two-way monitoring, tracking and messaging services through the world’s first commercial low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite-based data communication system. ORBCOMM applications include tracking mobile assets such as trailers, containers, locomotives, rail cars, heavy equipment, fishing vessels, barges and government assets; monitoring fixed assets such as electric utility meters, oil and gas storage tanks, wells and pipelines and environmental projects; and messaging services for consumers and commercial and government entities.

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