Longmont, Colo., September 7, 2004 – DigitalGlobe®, provider of the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, has named a new general counsel to its executive team.
Bettina Eckerle joins DigitalGlobe as general counsel and secretary from Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where she spent five years serving top domestic and international corporate clients in mergers and acquisitions, finances and general corporate matters. Prior to joining Wachtell, Eckerle spent four years as an associate in the corporate department of Debevoise & Plimpton in New York. Her legal experience is rounded out by four years in commercial banking, two of which were spent serving the media and telecommunications industries.
According to Henry Dubois, DigitalGlobe’s president and chief operating officer, “We enthusiastically welcome Bettina, a world-class general counsel, to the DigitalGlobe team. Her breadth and experience with a high-profile Wall Street law firm will help usher DigitalGlobe into the next stages of our business plan implementation.”
“Bettina brings additional depth and expertise to the DigitalGlobe executive team, and will play an integral role in shepherding DigitalGlobe to continued success,” added Herb Satterlee, DigitalGlobe CEO and chairman. “I’m pleased that we’ve found an executive of such caliber to fill this critical corporate role.”
“DigitalGlobe is a terrific company in a new and exciting industry, and being its general counsel is a great opportunity to contribute to and participate in its growth,” said Eckerle.
Eckerle earned law degrees from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, in Munich, Germany and from New York University in New York.
DigitalGlobe is the clear leader in the global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information market. The company’s technical superiority and innovation, unparalleled commitment to customer service, extensive business partner network and open systems philosophy make DigitalGlobe the preferred supplier of satellite and aerial imagery and value-added products. In 2001, DigitalGlobe launched what remains the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite today, QuickBird. The company will launch its next-generation WorldView system no later than 2006, while the competition has no plans to launch a satellite comparable to either QuickBird or WorldView before 2008. QuickBird has collected and stored in its ImageLibrary hundreds of thousands of Earth image scenes covering over a hundred million square kilometers, and collects an additional one million square kilometers each week. These new and historical images are essential for customers who map and plan for change in our world. DigitalGlobe is based in Longmont, Colo., USA. For more information visit www.digitalglobe.com.