PARIS — Mark Spiwak is retiring as head of Boeing Satellite Systems International at the end of November.
Spiwak, who took over Boeing’s satellite division in mid-2014, is going out on a high note. On Monday, satellite fleet operator announced that it had selected Boeing over incumbent Thales Alenia Space to build seven satellites for a new constellation called O3b mPower.
The win was a big victory for Boeing in a year that so far has seen just four orders industry wide for geostationary communications satellites (One of those, for the Kacific-1/JCSAT-18 “condosat,” went to Boeing in February).
It was also payback, of sorts. In June, Inmarsat chose Thales Alenia Space to build its fifth Global Xpress Ka-band broadband satellite instead of sticking with Boeing.
Spiwak’s retirement from Boeing, announced during a Boeing-sponsored awards luncheon at World Satellite Business Week here Wednesday, told SpaceNews his departure had been in the works for a while and that he was happy to be leaving his employer of 30-plus years high note.
“Mic drop,” he said.