ILS Announces Leadership Changes

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Reston, VA (ILS PR) – ILS announces the departure of Frank McKenna as ILS’ president and the appointment of Phil Slack as president of ILS.

For the past twelve years, Slack was the vice president and chief financial officer for ILS. Prior to ILS, he held several senior business management positions with Boeing, primarily in their space transportation business from 1988 until joining ILS in 2000.

John Palmé has been appointed vice president of programs and operations and chief technical officer for International Launch Services (ILS) of Reston, Virginia. For the past four years, Palmé held the role of deputy vice president for mission assurance and program director. Palmé has also overseen the reliability and quality programs and the integration and launch of commercial spacecraft on ILS Proton.

Palmé has over 25 years of experience in spacecraft and launch vehicle design, integration, test, launch and operations. He previously worked with RCA Astro Electronics, General Electric Aerospace (graduating from the Edison Engineering Program), Martin Marietta, Orbcomm Global and Lockheed Martin. Palmé has worked with various types of spacecraft, including communications, remote sensing, earth science and advanced test beds.

Palmé graduated from Villanova University with a BSME in 1988 and MSME in 1991.

Editor’s Note: ILS markets the Russian Proton rocket.