WASHINGTON — Intelsat of Washington and Luxembourg has hired satellite policy veteran Patricia Cooper as vice president of government affairs and policy, a newly created position, effective Aug. 25, the satellite operator announced July 30.

Since 2007, Cooper has served as president of the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), a Washington-based group that works to advance satellite-friendly government policies. She will leave Aug. 15 and be replaced on an acting basis by SIA Policy Director Sam Black.

In her new job, Cooper “will work closely with other companies, associations and coalitions on issues of mutual interest,” Intelsat said in a press release. She will be based in Washington and report to Michelle Bryan, Intelsat’s executive vice president, general counsel and chief administrative officer.

“Patricia is a seasoned leader in the satellite sector with deep government affairs expertise, in-depth knowledge of the broader communications sector and a proven track record of building strong coalitions that achieve results,” Bryan said in a prepared statement. “Her understanding of the complex issues facing the satellite industry and ability to navigate the demands that companies face at the nexus of business and government will be instrumental to Intelsat going forward.”


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