Board of Directors
RICHARD SCHWARTZ, has served as a Director of the Company since 2004. He was a trustee and chairman of the Finance Committee of Cooper Union in New York City, a position he held from 2004 through 2008. Prior to his retirement in 2000, Mr. Schwartz was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of ATK. He served in senior executive positions at ATK and predecessor companies beginning in 1990. Prior to that, Mr. Schwartz had been president of the Rocketdyne division of Rockwell International, a company he first joined in 1957. Mr. Schwartz was part of the originator team on GPS where he was the satellite Program Manager for Rockwell and was elected to the GPS Hall of Fame. Mr. Schwartz also serves on the board of directors of Astronautics Corporation of America. Mr. Schwartz's extensive industry experience, his prior board and executive management experience and his demonstrated leadership capabilities allow him to bring valuable insight and knowledge to the Board.In February 2019 Mr. Schwartz and three other key members of the GPS originator team won the £1 million Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering. This Nobel like Prize was awarded for the benefit the GPS advanced technology has provided to all humanity by creating a free global utility with approximately 5 billion users. Today over 30 operating satellites provide these users with world wide very accurate position and time information. The prize also seeks to encourage young people to consider a career in engineering.
RUSSELL M. SARACHEK, has served as a Director of the Company since August 2016. Mr. Sarachek has served as the Managing Director of Contra Capital Management, LLC since 2002. Mr. Sarachek served as director for 6 years of Breeze-Eastern Corp, an aerospace/defense manufacturer, which was sold to TransDigm Corp. in 2016. From 1992 to 2002, he held various positions, including Executive Vice President and director of mergers and acquisitions at Groupe Schneider, a global manufacturer and distributor of electrical equipment and industrial controls. Mr. Sarachek has extensive knowledge in corporate governance practices for public companies and has a range of aerospace and defense industry involvements that help strengthen the Board's collective qualifications, skills, and experience.
LANCE W. LORD, has served as a Director of the Company since September 2016. General Lord is the Founder and Chairman of L2 Aerospace, an innovative company founded in 2010 to shape and influence the business competition in the dynamic and emerging commercial, civil and defense aerospace markets. General Lord is the former Commander of Air Force Space Command (“AFSPC”) and CEO of ASTROTECH Space Operations. While with AFSPC at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado, General Lord was responsible for the development, acquisition and operation of Air Force space and missile weapon systems. Overseeing a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities to ensure the combat readiness of the U.S. intercontinental ballistic missile force, he led more than 39,700 personnel who provided combat capabilities to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Strategic Command. General Lord retired from the Air Force in 2006. General Lord is a member of the Board of Directors of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings (NYSE:AJRD). General Lord is also a Senior Associate of the Four Star Group, a member of the board of directors of the Sletten Construction Companies, a member of the board of directors of Boneal Aerospace, a member of Hypergiant’s Advisory Board, a senior advisor to US Global HF Net, LLC, a member of the Iridium Corporation’s Government Advisory Board, a member of US Strategic Command’s Senior Advisory Group, an emeritus member of the Board of Directors for the Challenger Learning Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, a Trustee of the Falcon Foundation, former Chairman of the Board of Advisors of USO Colorado Springs and President of the Association of Air Force Missileers. General Lord served as a member of the President’s Space-Based Position, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board from 2011 to 2013. He is also a senior advisor to Chandra Space Technologies, Skeyeon Space Systems and Measured Risk LLC. General Lord’s unique experience as Commander, Air Force Space Command, as well as his other Air Force and commercial activities provides key insights for the Board, particularly as it relates to future space platforms and relevant technologies.