MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- U.S. company ATK has chosen Carl Marchetto to lead its newly formed Space Systems business group.
Alliant Techsystems said in a statement Jan. 8 Carl A. Marchetto had "joined the company to lead the formation of ATK Space Systems, a fourth business group for the company which will be established on April 1, 2008."
"Mr. Marchetto will become president, ATK Space Systems once the group is established. Mr. Marchetto was most recently the executive vice president of Orbital Sciences Corporation's Space Systems Group. He previously held senior leadership positions at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Lockheed Martin's Astro Space Division, as well as Eastman Kodak, where he led its Commercial and Government Systems group," ATK said.
ATK said its new Space Systems group would "include the existing space operations of ATK's Mission Systems group. This will be combined with the Information Systems and Geospatial businesses of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to close early in the first quarter of the company's fiscal year 2009 -- FY09. The new group will be a full-spectrum satellite and space systems business with FY09 revenues of approximately $900 million. The group will have operations in four Canadian provinces and numerous facilities across the United States," the company said.
"The strategic significance of acquiring MDA's Information Systems and Geospatial Information Services businesses calls for equally strategic leadership and vision. Carl possesses these critical talents and I am very pleased he has joined our company," said Dan Murphy, Chairman and CEO. "Carl brings decades of technical experience, a wealth of customer knowledge, and a focused, disciplined business approach. Through his leadership, we will capitalize on significant opportunities in international commercial and military space markets."
ATK describes itself as "an advanced weapon and space systems company with annual revenues in excess of $4.1 billion that employs approximately 17,000 people in 21 states."