New Executives to Focus on Transitioning MSAT Customers and Building Services for Next-Generation Integrated Satellite-Terrestrial Network

SkyTerra (OTCBB:SKYT) SkyTerra Communications has selected three experienced wireless industry veterans for key vice president positions critical to the company’s transition to its next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial network.

The new executives will lead SkyTerra’s program to further expand service of its current generation offerings and transitioning customers to its next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network.

Matthew Foosaner

As vice president of government sales, Matthew Foosaner leads the company’s federal, state and local government sales initiatives across the civilian and military sectors. He is also critically involved in transitioning government agency customers from SkyTerra’s current generation services to the company’s next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial network.

Prior to joining SkyTerra, Foosaner was the Managing Member of Critical Communications Solutions LLC, where he provided a variety of government clients with expertise in communications continuity, including communications systems planning, threat assessment and grant funding. He also spent 15 years with Sprint Nextel Corporation in a variety of management positions in engineering, operations/technical support and government sales.

Bryan Hartin

As SkyTerra’s new vice president of U.S. enterprise sales, Bryan Hartin is responsible for the sales and distribution of the company’s products and services to enterprise customers throughout the United States. He also leads SkyTerra’s U.S. Channel Partner Program. Also a wireless industry veteran, Hartin led Sprint Nextel’s Dealer Program and held senior positions with both Nortel Networks and Siemens. He has also served on the board of directors for the Consumer Electronics Association – Wireless Group.

Blair Kutrow

Blair Kutrow is SkyTerra’s new vice president of marketing. In this position she is responsible for marketing the company’s entire suite of products and services as well as all marketing programs surrounding SkyTerra’s next-generation satellite terrestrial network. During her more than 20 years in the wireless industry, Kutrow held leadership positions with 4DK Technologies, XM Satellite Radio, Nextel Communications and Vanguard Wireless.

“Matt, Bryan and Blair bring a wealth of wireless expertise that supports the needs of our family of current mobile satellite users,” said Marc Montagner, executive vice president of strategy, development and distribution for SkyTerra. “Their leadership skills and industry experience will greatly benefit SkyTerra as we continue working to transition our customers to our next-generation wireless network.”

SkyTerra is developing an integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network, based on SkyTerra’s patented ancillary terrestrial component (ATC) technology. The company expects its next-generation network will provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. SkyTerra plans to launch two of the most powerful commercial satellites ever built that will enable this network to support communications in a variety of market segments including public safety, homeland security, telematics, transportation and entertainment, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services.

SkyTerra Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:SKYT) owns 100% of SkyTerra LP. SkyTerra LP and SkyTerra (Canada), Inc. jointly operate the MSAT satellites and telecommunications network.

About SkyTerra Communications (www.skyterra.com)

SkyTerra Communications (OTCBB:SKYT) delivers mobile wireless voice and data services primarily for public safety, security, fleet management and asset tracking in the U.S. and Canada. The company’s next-generation integrated satellite-terrestrial communications network is expected to provide seamless, transparent and ubiquitous wireless coverage of the United States and Canada to conventional handsets. When completed, the network will support communications in a variety of market segments, including public safety, homeland security, telematics, transportation and entertainment, by providing a platform for interoperable, user-friendly and feature-rich voice and high-speed data services.

Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act

This news release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, with respect to plans described in this news release. Such statements generally include words such as could, can, anticipate, believe, expect, seek, pursue, proposed, potential and similar words. Such forward-looking statements are subject to uncertainties relating to the ability of SkyTerra to raise additional capital or consummate a strategic transaction or deploy the next generation system, as well as the ability of SkyTerra to execute its business plan. We assume no obligation to update or supplement such forward-looking statements.

 

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Source: Business Wire (July 27, 2009 – 11:39 AM EDT)

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