WASHINGTON — Maxar Intelligence has named Arvind Srinivasan as its new chief technology officer. The appointment marks the latest leadership change at the company following its acquisition by the private equity firm Advent International.

Maxar Intelligence is the satellite imagery and geospatial analytics arm of Maxar Technologies, based in Westminster, Colorado. 

The company’s recently named chief executive Dan Smoot said Feb. 8 that Srinivasan was picked for his “decades-long track record of developing digital platforms in the geospatial sector and managing large-scale infrastructure systems at some of the world’s most successful technology companies.”

At Google, Srinivasan oversaw the commercialization of the Google Maps engine cloud platform, integrating analytics with geospatial data. He also worked on the engineering team responsible for the Google Earth enterprise platform. 

More recently, Srinivasan oversaw infrastructure systems at Meta and Apple, including Apple’s cloud storage technology stack. At Meta, he worked on encryption and regulatory compliance technologies for Meta’s Messenger and Instagram’s direct messaging platforms.

Srinivasan said in a statement that Maxar’s geospatial data is “the industry gold standard, and with more advanced analytics solutions and user-friendly platforms, we can provide customers with faster, easier access to even more actionable insights.”

Maxar went private in 2023

Maxar, previously a publicly traded company, was acquired by the private equity firm Advent International in a $6.4 billion deal.

The acquisition was announced in December 2022 and completed in May 2023. In September the company was restructured as two separate businesses: Maxar Space Infrastructure and Maxar Intelligence.

Since the company went private, it has not provided any updates on its next-generation Earth-observation constellation WorldView Legion. The first two of six satellites were expected to launch in 2023 and Maxar has not announced a new target launch date. Maxar said the Legion satellites are critical to meet growing demand for high-resolution imagery and increased revisit rates.

Sandra Erwin writes about military space programs, policy, technology and the industry that supports this sector. She has covered the military, the Pentagon, Congress and the defense industry for nearly two decades as editor of NDIA’s National Defense...