New Leader Boasts Substantial Experience Heading High-Profile Commercial Companies
Longmont, Colo., Nov. 7, 2005 – DigitalGlobe® has appointed Jill Smith to the position of president and CEO. Smith comes to DigitalGlobe with a wealth of experience leading commercial technology companies in the Internet, software and electronic publishing markets. Herb Satterlee will continue in his role as chairman of DigitalGlobe.
Smith was previously president and CEO of eDial, a collaboration software company that Smith successfully repositioned and grew, culminating in eDial’s acquisition by Alcatel. Before that, she was COO of Micron Electronics, Inc., a $1.5 billion direct PC manufacturer and marketer. While at Micron, Smith drove the PC business to profitability, and grew HostPro, Micron’s award-winning Web hosting division, into the third-largest Web and application hosting company and a candidate for an IPO. Additionally, Smith co-founded and led Treacy & Company, LLC, a boutique consulting and investment business, and was CEO of SRDS, L.P., a private publishing and printing company that she successfully established as an electronic publishing leader.
Smith’s earlier professional experience includes executive positions at Sara Lee Corporation and the role of vice president at Bain & Company. She earned a master’s degree in business administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
“DigitalGlobe has seen excellent growth in its commercial markets, and I see enormous upside potential to be realized through a heightened focus on select strategic commercial and government markets,” said Smith. “I look forward to helping the company strengthen its current leadership position.”
In Satterlee’s continued role as company chairman, he will be working with DigitalGlobe’s defense and intelligence business unit, managing government relations around the world. “The strong relationships that we have built with the U.S. federal and foreign governments are very important to our long-term business success. My objective is to keep the company on-track to ensure our goals are met with consistency and success,” he said.
Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe (www.digitalglobe.com) 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 imagery products to government and commercial markets. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. The company’s next-generation WorldView I satellite is scheduled to launch no later than 2006, and WorldView II is anticipated to launch in 2008, pending finalization of customer contracts. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over one hundred million square kilometers of global imagery for countless mapping and planning needs.