In this Better Satellite World episode of the SSPI Podcast, Lou Zacharilla speaks with Globalstar's David Kagan about the role satellites play in making possible the work of first responders after a disaster. When terrestrial communications are down, these brave men and women turn to satellite to assess the damage, start the recovery, and even to save lives. This is the third of four episodes on Satellites as First Responders.
David Kagan returned to Globalstar in December 2017 to serve as President and COO. Prior to re-joining Globalstar, he was the COO of SpeedCast International Limited. He previously served as President of ITC Global, a premier global VSAT satellite services provider from August 2014 through September 2015. Kagan was also the President and CEO of Globe Wireless from June 2011 through January 2014 when it was sold to Inmarsat PLC.
Prior to Globe Wireless, for nearly twelve years, Kagan provided his leadership and expertise in his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Telecommunications Network, a major satellite services provider to the cruise, yachting, and maritime markets. His accomplishments include forming a joint venture with AT&T to enable mobile phone usage (voice, data, and texting) on the world’s cruise fleet as well as driving a successful turn-around of the company throughout his 12 years of leadership.
His extensive and uniquely applicable experience ranges from serving as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of ICG Satellite Services to Vice President of Finance and Treasurer at Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd, where he led a $1 billion refinancing which resulted in repositioning the company for strong growth.
Kagan holds a Masters Degree of Business Administration from Florida Atlantic University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in both Finance and Marketing at the University of South Florida, Tampa.