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Executive Team

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 Chief Executive Officer of XTAR in March, 2018. Jay is responsible for the overall direction, strategy and business operations for XTAR. Mr. Icard has over 30 years of industry experience in government and enterprise telecommunications. He spent the last 13 years in profit and loss management and business development leadership roles with TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS) which was acquired by Comtech in 2016. Prior to his tenure at Comtech and TCS, Mr. Icard worked for Oracle, MCI and in the Department of Defense acquisition community. Mr. Icard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Widener University and a Master’s degree in Telecommunications Management from University of Maryland University College.


Kelly Nicklin

Vice President Sales and Marketing

As Vice President Sales and Marketing, Kelly oversees all sales and business development activities both foreign and domestic. She also leads XTAR’s marketing efforts. Ms. Nicklin has over 20 years of experience in both government and commercial industries including experience in sales and management of multi-million dollar contracts. She began work at XTAR in 2012 and has served on the board of Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Ms. Nicklin holds a Master of Business Administration from West Virginia 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.


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.


Michelle Stewart

Chief of Staff and FSO

As Chief of Staff, Ms. Stewart is responsible for overseeing Office and Facility Operations, Security, Contracts Administration, and Human Resources for XTAR. With a vast background in IT and telecommunications industries, Michelle ensures XTAR’s internal operations are running smoothly while working with management to help shape XTAR’s future. Ms. Stewart came to XTAR from Marconi Pacific in 2012. She has a BS in Business Management from Liberty University.