Committee Composition

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4:00 PM on Jul 27, 2017
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  Audit Nominating and Corporate Governance Compensation
Robert H. Niehaus
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Robert H. Niehaus
Chairman of the Board

Robert H. Niehaus, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2008 and has served as Chairman since September 2009. Mr. Niehaus is the founder and Chairman of GCP Capital Partners LLC. He joined Greenhill & Co. in 2000 to begin the formation of Greenhill Capital Partners and served as its Chairman and Chair of its Investment Committee from 2000 to 2009.

Prior to joining Greenhill, Mr. Niehaus spent 17 years at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he was a Managing Director in the merchant banking department from 1990 to 1999. Mr. Niehaus was Vice Chairman and a director of the Morgan Stanley Leveraged Equity Fund II, L.P. and Morgan Stanley Capital Partners III, L.P. Mr. Niehaus was also the Chief Operating Officer of Morgan Stanley’s merchant banking department from 1996 to 1998.

Mr. Niehaus is a director of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc., and other private companies. Mr. Niehaus is a graduate of Princeton University and the Harvard Business School, from which he graduated with high distinction as a Baker Scholar.

    Member of the Compensation Committee
Thomas C. Canfield
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Thomas C. Canfield
Director

Thomas C. Canfield, has served as a member of our Board of Directors since February 2008. Since October 2007, Mr. Canfield has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Spirit Airlines, Inc. From September 2006 to October 2007, Mr. Canfield served as General Counsel & Secretary of Point Blank Solutions. Prior to Point Blank, from 2004 to 2007, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Plan Administrator of AT&T Latin America Corp., a public company formerly known as FirstCom Corporation, which developed high-speed fiber networks in Latin American cities. Mr. Canfield also served as General Counsel and Secretary at AT&T Latin America Corp. from 1999 to 2004. Previously, Mr. Canfield was Counsel in the New York office of the law firm Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. Mr. Canfield served is a member of the board of directors of Tricom S.A., a publicly held telecommunications company.

Member of the Audit Committee Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee  
Matthew J. Desch
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Matthew J. Desch
Chief Executive Officer

Matthew J. Desch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Iridium Communications, Inc., has more than 34 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 20 years in the global wireless industry. Mr. Desch joined Iridium in 2006.

He has been responsible for leading Iridium's innovation and growth, which includes taking the company public, leading the creation of Iridium NEXT, Iridium’s next-generation satellite constellation, and establishing a turnkey hosted payload capability with Iridium PRIME. Since joining in 2006, Iridium has more than doubled in subscribers and nearly tripled its operational earnings. Mr. Desch has served on our Board of Directors since 2009.

From 2002 to 2005, Mr. Desch served as Chief Executive Officer of Telcordia Technologies, Inc., a telecommunications software services provider. Previously, he spent 13 years at Nortel Networks Corporation, including as President of its global wireless networks business from 1995 to 2000 and as President of Global Carriers from 1999 to 2000. He also serves on the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Mr. Desch received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. U.S. President Obama appointed him to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee and he serves on the board of trustees of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

     
Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
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Thomas J. Fitzpatrick
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer

Thomas J. Fitzpatrick, joined Iridium in 2010 and serves as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer responsible for directing and overseeing all of Iridium's financial and billing activities, human resources and information technology. In 2013 he was appointed to Iridium’s Board of Directors.

From 2002 to December 2009, Mr. Fitzpatrick was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Centennial Communications Corp., a publicly traded telecommunications company that was acquired by AT&T in November 2009. Previously, Mr. Fitzpatrick served as Chief Financial Officer of a number of privately held and publicly traded companies in the telecommunications and technology industries and was a Vice President with Bell Atlantic Corporation (now Verizon). Mr. Fitzpatrick graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Villanova University. Mr. Fitzpatrick is also a Certified Public Accountant.

     
Jane L. Harman
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Jane L. Harman
Director

 Jane L. Harman, joined our Board of Directors in May 2015. Since February 2011, Ms. Harman has served as Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, a research institute affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 1999 and 2001 to 2011, Ms. Harman served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During her nine Congressional terms, she served on a number of major security committees, including Armed Services, Intelligence and Homeland Security. Prior to serving in Congress, Ms. Harman was Staff Director of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights, Deputy Cabinet Secretary to President Jimmy Carter, Special Counsel to the Department of Defense, and in private law practice. Ms. Harman is a member of the Defense Policy Board, the State Department Foreign Policy Board, and the Homeland Security Advisory Committee. She received a bachelor’s degree in government with honors from Smith College and earned her law degree from Harvard Law School.

     
Alvin B. Krongard
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Alvin B. Krongard
Director

Alvin B. Krongard, has served on our Board of Directors since September 2009 and previously served as a director of Iridium Holdings from 2006 until September 2009. He served as Executive Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2001 to 2004 and as counselor to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2000 to 2001. Mr. Krongard previously served in various capacities at Alex.Brown, Incorporated, including serving as Chief Executive Officer beginning in 1991 and assuming additional duties as Chairman of the board of directors in 1994. Upon the merger of Alex.Brown with Bankers Trust Corporation in 1997, Mr. Krongard became Vice Chairman of the Board of Bankers Trust and served in such capacity until joining the Central Intelligence Agency in 1998. He currently serves as the lead independent director and chairman of the audit committee of the board of directors of Under Armour, Inc., as a director of Seventy Seven Energy Inc. and as a director of Apollo Global Management. Mr. Krongard graduated with honors from Princeton University and received a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he also graduated with honors.

  Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee Member of the Compensation Committee
Eric T. Olson
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Eric T. Olson
Director

Admiral Eric T. Olson (Ret.), has served on our Board of Directors since December 2011. Admiral Olson retired from the United States Navy in 2011 as a full Admiral after 38 years of military service. Admiral Olson was the first Navy SEAL officer to be promoted to three- and four-star ranks. Admiral Olson’s career culminated as the head of the United States Special Operations Command from July 2007 to August 2011, where he was responsible for the mission readiness of all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations forces. He is a President and Managing Member of ETO Group, LLC since September 2011. Admiral Olson serves on the board of directors of Under Armour, Inc. and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Admiral Olson graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1973 and earned a Master of Arts degree in National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal and the Silver Star.

  Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee  
Steven B. Pfeiffer
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Steven B. Pfeiffer
Director

Steven B. Pfeiffer, has served on our Board of Directors since September 2009 and served on the Board of Directors of Iridium Holdings from 2001 to September 2009. Mr. Pfeiffer has been a partner in the law firm of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP since 2013 and a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski LLP from 1983 until 2013, where he served as the Chairman of its Executive Committee from 2003 to 2012. He previously served as the Partner-In-Charge of the Washington, D.C. and London offices and headed the firm’s International Department. Mr. Pfeiffer is a Non-Executive Director of Barloworld Limited in South Africa, a Non-Executive Director of Borghese International Ltd, a Chairman Emeritus of Wesleyan University, a Trustee of The Africa-America Institute in New York, a Director of Project HOPE in Washington, D.C., and a Director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Mr. Pfeiffer received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in jurisprudence. He also holds a Master’s degree in Area Studies (Africa) from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and holds a Juris Doctorate degree from Yale University. Mr. Pfeiffer served in the U.S. Navy. In 2010, he was recognized by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as one of the top 100 non-executive directors in the United States.

    Chair of the Compensation Committee
Parker W. Rush
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Parker W. Rush
Director

Parker W. Rush, has served on our Board of Directors since February 2008. Since July 2012, Mr. Rush has served as Chief Executive Officer of ClearView Risk Holdings LLC. Since March 2012, he has also served as a Partner at Consult PWR, LLC. From 2003 until March 2012, Mr. Rush served as the President and Chief Executive Officer and as a member of the board of directors of Republic Companies Group, Inc., a property and casualty insurance company. Previously, Mr. Rush served in various capacities at The Chubb Corporation from 1980 to 2003, including as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director. Mr. Rush currently serves as a member of the boards of directors of American Independent Insurance Company and ArtBanc International, Ltd., Inc. and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Dallas / Fort Worth Salvation Army. Mr. Rush received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Texas.

Chair of the Audit Committee    
Henrik O. Schliemann
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Henrik O. Schliemann
Director

Henrik O. Schliemann, joined our Board of Director in May 2015. Mr. Schliemann has served as the Managing Partner of PMB - Private Merchant Banking - Capital Ltd since September 2015, a business carved out of Edmond de Rothschild Private Merchant Banking LLP of which he was the Managing Partner since October 2012. In January 2001, he joined Hawkpoint Partners Ltd as a Founding Partner and then served as its co–Chief Executive Officer from October 2009 until September 2012. Before that Mr. Schliemann was a Managing Director of Investment Banking at Merrill Lynch International from 1997 to 2000, Director of Corporate Finance at Baring Brothers Ltd from 1993 to 1996 and Vice President of Corporate Banking at JP Morgan & Co from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Schliemann was formerly a director of INFO AG, a publicly listed provider of IT outsourcing and consultation in Germany. Mr. Schliemann received his BA in Economics and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves on the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Program for International Studies.

Member of the Audit Committee    
S. Scott Smith
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S. Scott Smith
Chief Operating Officer

S. Scott Smith, has joined Iridium in April 2010 and serves as Chief Operating Officer, leading technology development and all ground and satellite operations including the Iridium NEXT initiative, the company's program to develop, build and launch its next-generation satellite constellation. He is also responsible for the maintenance and operations of the current generation of satellites and associated Gateway and ground terminals, as well as the development and manufacture of all subscriber equipment at the company. In 2013 he was appointed to Iridium’s Board of Directors.

Mr. Smith brings to Iridium 33 years of experience managing large, complex commercial satellite programs. Prior to Iridium, Mr. Smith served for four years as Chief Operating Officer of DigitalGlobe Inc., a commercial remote sensing satellite company, where he was responsible for the company's satellite and ground operations, engineering organization, and corporate and global expansion initiatives. During his tenure, he oversaw the development and launch of WorldView-1 and WorldView-2, the world's most sophisticated high-resolution imaging satellites.

From 1995-2005, Mr. Smith was a founder and served as executive vice president, sales, engineering and operations of Space Imaging Inc., which owned and operated IKONOS, the world's first one-meter resolution commercial imaging satellite. Mr. Smith's previous experiences include engineering and management roles at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, including responsibility for spacecraft control products for the Iridium program at Lockheed from 1990-1994.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University and Master of Science in aeronautical/astronautical engineering from Stanford University. He is based in Iridium's Tempe, Arizona office with the company's satellite and ground operations organizations.

     
Barry J. West
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Barry J. West
Director

Barry J. West, has served on our Board of Directors since May 2014. Mr. West has served as Chief Executive Officer of Collision Communications Inc., a telecommunications company, since May 2011. From June 2010 to May 2011, he was a consultant to companies in the mobile broadband industry. From November 2008 to June 2010, he served as the President and Chief Architect of Clearwire Corporation and as its President of International Operations. From 2005 to November 2008, he served in a number of roles with Sprint Nextel Corp., including as its Chief Technical Officer and President of its 4G Mobile Broadband unit (XOHM). From 1996 to 2005, he served as Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of Nextel Communications, Inc. Prior to joining Nextel, Mr. West served in a number of senior positions with British Telecom for more than 35 years, most recently as director of value-added services and corporate marketing at Cellnet, a cellular communications subsidiary of British Telecom.

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