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Mr. Desch, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Iridium, has more than 34 years of experience in telecommunications management, and more than 20 years in the global wireless industry. Mr. Desch joined Iridium in 2006.
Before joining Iridium, Mr. Desch served as the CEO of New Jersey-based Telcordia Technologies, Inc., a supplier of software and services to the telecommunications industry. Mr. Desch was instrumental in moving Telcordia into new wireless and international markets, and spinning off the company to private equity from SAIC, Inc. Prior to Telcordia, Mr. Desch worked for Nortel Networks Corporation as president of Nortel’s fast growing Wireless Networks division from 1995 to 2000, having led its growth from $2 billion to more than $4.5 billion in annual revenue. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from The Ohio State University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.