Intelsat General President Kay Sears introducing a Dec. 15 panel discussion on the DoD's pivot to commercial satellite communications. Credit: SpaceNews

WASHINGTON — Kay Sears is stepping down as president of Intelsat General Corp. to head up business development for Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Denver.

She is being replaced at Intelsat General by Skot Butler, the company’s vice president of satellite networks and space services.

Sears first day as vice president for strategy and business development is April 4. She succeeds John Karas, who is leading Lockheed’s business development for Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, the planned replacement program for the U.S. Air Force’s fleet of silo-launched Minuteman 2 nuclear missiles.

Sears’ appointment was announced March 16 in a company-wide memo from Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martin Space Systems. Butler’s promotion was announced in a March 17 press release.

Sears has lead  Intelsat General Corp., the McLean, Virginia-based government services arm of satellite fleet operator Intelsat, since 2008.

Butler joined Intelsat General in 2006. His first day as president is April 4, the same day Sears starts at Lockheed


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