ICEYE has appointed Jerry Welsh, who joined ICEYE in 2017 as the firm’s COO/CFO, will now take on the CEO role for ICEYE US.
Welsh, an operations and technology expert who specializes in scale-up strategy recently oversaw the completion of ICEYE’s $87 million Series C financing. He will lead a team focused on deploying capital to scale operations and serve the needs of US customers.
ICEYE, which has raised a total of $152 million in funding to date, has big plans for continued growth through the rest of 2020 and into 2021. The company successfully launched two radar imaging satellites last month and is on track to launch additional satellites by the end of the year. ICEYE is planning to deploy eight additional satellites in 2021, including spacecraft manufactured and launched in the United States.
The US organization is further strengthened by the addition of Eric Jensen, who departs Boeing’s satellite division as an industry leader in US government solutions. With more than a decade of experience in aerospace engineering, sales, and product strategy, Jensen will focus on delivering ICEYE’s unique capabilities to US customers.
“Jerry has been an incredible asset to the ICEYE team for several years and will build upon our solid foundation in the US,” said Rafal Modrzewski, CEO and Co-Founder of ICEYE. “We are thankful to Dr. Mark Matossian for his prior leadership in helping ICEYE accomplish our initial phase for US growth.”
“It is an honor to be joining ICEYE at such an exciting time for the company,” said Jensen, President, ICEYE US. “ICEYE continues to demonstrate leadership in the commercial SAR segment with a growing constellation, a robust product portfolio, and validation by customers worldwide. In the US, we will build upon the trust earned among key adopters to offer imagery, ground station services, value-added analytics and dedicated spacecraft missions. I am privileged to help catalyze the company’s growth in the service of our US customer base.”