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Maxar Splits Space Infrastructure and Intelligence into 2 Businesses 

By Rachel Jewett | September 21, 2023
      DigitalGlobe HQ 2015

      Maxar’s headquarters. Photo: Maxar Technologies

      Maxar Technologies is reorganizing into two businesses, splitting the company into Maxar Space Infrastructure and Maxar Intelligence. A representative for the company confirmed the move in a statement to Via Satellite on Thursday. 

      The company’s current CEO Dan Jablonsky will lead Maxar Intelligence as interim CEO. And Chris Johnson will lead Maxar Space Infrastructure as CEO. Johnson, previously president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, has been with Maxar since April 2021

      “This new structure enables both businesses to deliver for customers and innovate leading-edge technology with dedicated focus. The two businesses will continue to work together on joint programs, such as WorldView Legion. This is an exciting time for both businesses, as demand for space and geospatial solutions continues to grow and Maxar Space Infrastructure and Maxar Intelligence are well positioned to grow,” Tomi Maxted, director of corporate communications said in a statement for the company. 

      This comes after private equity firm Advent International closed its acquisition of Maxar in May, taking the company private. The company also recently rebranded its spacecraft portfolio to commercialize two new spacecraft buses other than its classic 1300 GEO spacecraft. 

      Maxar has gone through a series of changes in the last six years. The company was formed in 2017 when Canada’s largest space company at the time, MacDonald, Dettwiler, and Associates (MDA), along with satellite manufacturing subsidiary SSL, acquired leading imagery operator DigitalGlobe, formed a new company, and moved south to the United States. Maxar later divested MDA in 2020