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Matt Desch

Title: C.E.O., Iridium Communications

Mr. Desch has more than 30 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 20 years in the global wireless industry. Mr. Desch joined Iridium in 2006.

He has been responsible for leading Iridium's innovation and growth, which includes taking the company public on NASDAQ and completion of the financing for the launch of Iridium NEXT, Iridium's next-generation network to begin launching in 2015. Since joining in 2006, Iridium has more than doubled in subscribers and nearly tripled its operational earnings.

Before joining Iridium, Mr. Desch served as the CEO of New Jersey-based Telcordia Technologies, Inc., a supplier of software and services to the telecommunications industry. Mr. Desch was instrumental in moving Telcordia into new wireless and international markets, and spinning off the company to private equity from SAIC, Inc. Prior to Telcordia, Mr. Desch worked for Nortel Networks as president of Nortel's fast growing Wireless Networks division from 1995 to 1999, having led its growth from $2 billion to more than $4.5 billion in annual revenue.

U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Mr. Desch as a member of the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. The committee provides recommendations to the President and other government leaders on matters of security that relate to the nation's telecommunications infrastructure.