Following the retirement of David Pollack on 1 January 2020, Israel’s Spacecom has introduced the appointment of Itzhak Shnaiberg as the corporate’s interim chief government officer.
Shnaiberg has labored for Spacecom for the reason that early 1990’s and was the corporate’s Chief Monetary Officer between 1996 and 2006. Shnaiberg has served as Spacecom’s deputy chief government officer since 2008.
The Spacecom board thanked David Pollack on 1 January 2020 for his 24 years of service to the corporate.
Pollack, a former Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) government, helped discovered Spacecom within the 1990’s and was instrumental in elevating the funds mandatory to construct and launch the AMOS communications satellites by the Tel Aviv Inventory Alternate. Pollack additionally served within the Israeli Air Pressure, reaching the rank of Colonel.
Spacecom solely just lately returned to profitability after a disastrous interval the place its critically vital new technology satellite tv for pc AMOS-6 was destroyed in 2016 after a Launchpad explosion at Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States. Consequently, Spacecom was unable to meet a U.S.$95 million contract with Fb to offer satellite tv for pc connectivity all through Africa.
This setback was adopted by an aborted U.S.$285 million buyout of Spacecom by Chinese language firm Xinwei Know-how. Xinwei backed out of the buyout after the lack of the AMOS-6 satellite tv for pc.
It’s a testomony to David Pollack’s talent and fortitude that he guided Spacecom again to profitability and stability after such catastrophic occasions.
Key to Spacecom’s revived fortunes is the August 2019 launch of its AMOS-17 communications satellite tv for pc. Manufactured by Boeing, AMOS-17 is a excessive throughput satellite tv for pc (HTS) that can meet Africa’s communication calls for as initially meant by AMOS-6. The AMOS-17 payload gives C-Band HTS, Ka-band, and Ku-band capabilities by the mix of broad regional beams and excessive throughput spot beams. AMOS-17 gives connectivity between Africa, the Center East, Europe, India, China, and Brazil.