New Universal Space Network CEO Announced RSS

08 Dec 2011

John E. Williams has been selected by Universal Space Network, Inc. (USN) as the new President and Chief Executive Officer. He will be responsible for the management and growth of USN's mission critical services to government and commercial customers world-wide.

Mr. Williams joins USN with 32 years of aerospace and defense experience gained through extensive military and private industry careers. In addition, he currently serves as the Eastern Region Vice President for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Space Division and is a member of the NDIA Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Division.

In the private sector, John most recently enjoyed a two year term with ATK Aerospace Systems as Director, Business Development for the Spacecraft Systems & Services division where he was responsible for strategic direction, competitive intelligence, business development and proposals for small satellites, components, and engineering services. Prior to ATK, he spent nine years with Booz Allen Hamilton as a Senior Associate leading a special projects team which specialized in the national security space and industrial base arenas—producing  landmark national reviews on space launch, the space industrial base, and the defense industrial base.

John is a retired U.S. Air Force officer, having served 21 years in a variety of national security space-related roles such as Commander of the Air Force Satellite Control Network, the Air Force's space force programmer, and aide-de-camp to the Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF).  He also served as the Air Force's lead for evaluating and advocating space and information operations requirements within the Joint Requirements Oversight Council (JROC) process and was a key member of the CSAF-directed SPACECAST 2020 study, which predicted where the Air Force should be in space in 2020 and beyond, what technologies to invest in, and future space employment concepts.

John is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Computer Science, and earned a M.S. in Space Operations from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

"John is a great fit for USN to further develop our National Security Space presence," said Eric Zahler, Chairman of the Board, USN.  "He brings a unique combination of relevant military and business skills and experience to his new role.  USN is fortunate to have attracted someone like John.  It is our expectation he will take USN to the next level of excellence."

"I am excited to be a part of USN.  It's a dynamic and fast-paced organization with great potential to do more in the future," said John Williams. "USN is on the leading edge of bringing commercialization and additional resiliency to the users of National Security Space, as well as supporting numerous growing commercial space endeavors. As throughout my career, my focus will be to expand on USN's relationships, usher in a new era in operational excellence and growth, and strengthen the safety and security of the network for our customers."

USN is a U.S. based, independent subsidiary of SSC with U.S. government approval and oversight. USN is a leader in space operations and ground network services. The company provides mission critical solutions to satellite operations through PrioraNet, the largest commercial ground station network in the world.

For more information contact: Wendy Niemann, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, USN, Tel: +1-215-394-0162, email:,

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