XTAR is led by a team of industry executives with decades of experience developing and operating innovative and diverse satellite communications systems. Collectively, the company’s leaders have credentials in satellite design, IT, networking, transmission services and business management. The executive team has deep and broad experience addressing government and military requirements with innovative commercial communications solutions.
Jay Icard – President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Icard was appointed President and CEO of XTAR in March, 2018. Mr. Icard joins XTAR from Comtech Command & Control Technologies where he served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Sales. Mr. Icard spent the last 13 years in the satellite system integration space in a variety of roles with Comtech which acquired TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS) in 2016. Prior to his tenure at Comtech and TCS, Mr. Icard worked for Oracle, MCI and in the Department of Defense acquisition community.
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.
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.