XTAR's leadership is comprised of a highly qualified team of individuals who represent decades of experience in the development and operation of innovative and diverse satellite communications systems. Collectively, the senior management team possesses extensive experience ranging from IT, networking and satellite design and has a history of addressing government requirements with innovative commercial communications solutions.
Philip Harlow - President and Chief Operating Officer
Philip Harlow was appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of XTAR, LLC in June 2010. He is responsible for XTAR's strategic direction with an emphasis on expanding the company’s reach and capabilities, and for driving XTAR's business and operational growth with fiscal responsibility for increasing revenue and profitability.
Prior to joining XTAR, Mr. Harlow was Chief Technology Officer for CapRock Communications (since acquired by Harris Corp.). In that capacity he drove all aspects of engineering, IT, infrastructure development, new product management and strategic planning.
Previously, Mr. Harlow served as Vice President of Engineering and Technology for DRS Technical Services, leading the satellite, terrestrial and enterprise network development. Before joining DRS he was Vice President of Engineering at Intelsat General following its acquisition of PanAmSat. At PanAmSat/G2, Mr. Harlow served as Vice President for Business Development. His satellite career began as as Director, Sales Engineering for Loral Orion.
Mr. Harlow graduated from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, United Kingdom, and holds an honors degree in Electronic Systems Engineering from the Royal Military College of Science. He also has a Masters degree in Systems Engineering from George Washington University.
Robert McDade - Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
As Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. McDade is responsible for XTAR's financial management and direction. This includes preparing and presenting financial and other key business results, and developing annual and long-term strategic plans for the company's executive management team and partners.
Prior to XTAR, Mr. McDade was Corporate Manager for Loral Space & Communications' Business Review operations. He held several management positions in the technology and manufacturing sectors where he applied his expertise to financial reporting and analysis, strategic planning, budgeting and project management.
Mr. McDade graduated from the State University of New York College at Old Westbury with a Bachelor's degree in Business Management. He has also begun coursework for an MBA at Long Island University, C.W. Post.
Andrew Ruszkowski - Chief Commercial Officer
Appointed in September 2010, Andrew Ruszkowski provides strategic leadership for XTAR's global sales and marketing programs, with responsibility for expanding XTAR's sales opportunities and visibility in new markets worldwide.
Prior to joining XTAR, Mr. Ruszkowski headed the North American Sales team of SES World Skies, where he was responsible for formulating sales strategies aimed at enterprise network operators, ISPs, and U.S. government and military users. He joined New Skies Satellites in 2000 as Director of Sales with primary focus on the Internet market. Mr. Ruszkowski began his satellite industry career in 1998 as manager of VSAT and business networks for PanAmSat, and subsequently, manager of its New Media business.
Mr. Ruszkowski holds a BA degree in world politics from The Catholic University and an MA in international affairs from American University.
James Chambers - Vice President, Engineering
As the vice president of Engineering, Mr. Chambers is responsible for managing XTAR’s satellite and terrestrial resources to support government missions as efficiently as possible. Additionally, he helps strategically plan for future capabilities to support XTAR’s growth and develops solutions to meet XTAR customers’ unique engineering requirements.
Mr. Chambers came to XTAR from DRS Technical Services where he lead the engineering team responsible for the full life cycle of satellite, terrestrial and hybrid communication networks for military and other government customers. Previously he held several senior engineering positions with various satellite network providers designing and implementing both satellite and hybrid satellite/terrestrial communications networks.
Mr. Chambers graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He also has a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.