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.


Robert McDade

Chief Financial Officer and Acting Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Financial Officer and acting Chief Executive 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.

Michael A. Assid

Michael A. Assid

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Mr. Assid sets strategy for all domestic and international sales, business development and marketing activities within the organization. He is a 31-year military space veteran with extensive operational experience in Space Electronic Warfare, Offensive and Defensive Space Control, Satellite Communications, Space Situational Awareness, Command and Control, Test and Evaluation and Adversary Space Operations. Prior to joining the XTAR team, Mr. Assid served in numerous leadership roles at Headquarters, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) and Headquarters, U.S. Space Force, where he was the operations lead for the transfer of DISA’s commercial SATCOM contracting function to AFSPC, the Air Force lead for the Fighting SATCOM Working Group, and Deputy Director for the Combined Force Space Component’s SATCOM Integrated Operations Division. He continues to serve as a Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. Mr. Assid holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington, and Master of Information Systems Management from Lesley 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.


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.