Longmont, Colo., January 29, 2007 – DigitalGlobe®, provider of the world’s highest- resolution imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that General Howell M. Estes III has been appointed to the DigitalGlobe board of directors, effective immediately. General Estes will serve as a strategic guide in the defense and intelligence markets for the company as it continues its business development and growth strategy.
“I am thrilled to announce the addition of General Howell Estes to the DigitalGlobe board,” said Jill Smith, chief executive officer of DigitalGlobe. “General Estes has an extraordinary reputation in the aerospace and remote sensing industry. His business acumen and intellect, as well as his extensive military and policy experience will strongly contribute to our aggressive growth trajectory going forward.”
General Estes retired from the United States Air Force in 1998 after more than 30 years of service. He most recently served as commander-in-chief of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (CINCNORAD) and the United States Space Command (CINCSPACE), and commander of the Air Force Space Command (COMAFCPC). General Estes holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Air Force Academy, a Master of Arts degree in public administration from Auburn University and is a graduate of the program for senior managers in government at Harvard’s JFK School of Government.
General Estes currently serves as president of Howell Estes & Associates, Inc., a consulting firm to CEOs, presidents and general managers of aerospace and telecommunications companies. He is currently chairman of the board of directors of the Federal Employee Support for CFC Charitable Giving, vice chairman of the board of trustees at The Aerospace Corporation, and president of the board of trustees of the Colorado Springs School. He also currently serves on the boards of Analytic Graphics, Inc., Master Solutions, Inc., SpaceDev Inc., the Space Foundation, and the Air Force Academy Foundation. He is a member of the Colorado Thirty Group, the board of advisors for the National Institute of Science, Space and Security Centers at the University of Colorado, and the Lexington Institute Advisory Council. General Estes was appointed by the University of Colorado board of regents to be the director of a comprehensive study of national interest on tenure-related processes, served as a commissioner on the U.S. Congressional Committee to Assess United States National Security Space Management Organization, and served as a consultant to the Defense Science Board Task Force on Space Superiority.
“I am very pleased to join DigitalGlobe’s board,” said General Estes. “I have great respect for the company’s ability to integrate its comprehensive product offering into the commercial and national security sector. I look forward to working with the board and management team in what we anticipate will be an exciting 2007 and beyond.”
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 is the only geospatial content provider to take an end-to-end approach to geospatial imagery, from acquiring proprietary high-resolution images through a leading-edge satellite and aerial network, to integrating and distributing that data through GlobeXplorer, a proprietary web-based search and retrieval system that makes it easy to find, purchase and download global imagery. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system. The company’s next-generation WorldView 1 satellite is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, and its WorldView 2 satellite is anticipated to launch in late 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over two hundred million square kilometers of QuickBird imagery and an extensive global library of aerial imagery suited to countless mapping and planning needs.