Telecommunications 2023: DAVID C. WAJSGRAS
CEO, INTELSAT, McLEAN
Wajsgras took over as CEO of Intelsat in April 2022 soon after the McLean-based satellite operator’s emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy and financial restructuring. A little more than a year later, in June 2023, news surfaced that merger talks between Intelsat and its Luxembourg-based competitor SES had been called off. Last year, Intelsat deployed emergency communications support in Ukraine, as well as in Florida in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
A University of Maryland alumnus, Wajsgras earned his MBA from American University and spent 14 years at Raytheon (now RTX) prior to joining Intelsat. He serves on the boards of Parsons and Martin Marietta Materials.
In January, Wajsgras was named to Executive Mosaic’s Wash100 list for the seventh time. In May, he won the 2023 WashingtonExec Chief Officer Award for CEO in the category of private companies with annual revenue greater than $1 billion.