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Ken Peterman

Ken Peterman serves as Comtech’s Chairman, President and CEO. Upon joining the Board as an independent director in May 2022, Ken was later elected Chairman, and became President and CEO in August 2022. Comtech is a market leader in space & satellite communications and terrestrial & wireless network infrastructures.

Ken has enjoyed a distinguished career as a thought leader and innovator in the challenging aerospace and defense technology sector, successfully leading large, complex, global enterprises to achieve differentiated growth in a variety of diverse market environments.  Ken has won multiple awards for his innovative leadership, including:

• TEN BEST INNOVATIVE BUSINESS LEADERS: Industry Tech Outlook 2020
• BUSINESSMAN OF THE YEAR: Battlespace Magazine 2018
• GAME CHANGER AWARDEE: Vanguard Magazine 2018

As President, Viasat Government Systems (2013-2021), Ken led a global defense business to >$1B in annual revenue, establishing market leadership in assured high-capacity satellite communications, mobile networking, datalinks, information assurance and cybersecurity, hybrid adaptive networking, and blended air/ground situational awareness. Under Ken’s leadership Viasat built a culture that passionately focused on customer outcomes in unprecedented ways,, enabling Viasat to become the fastest organically growing U.S. defense company for six consecutive years.

As Founder & CEO, The SpyGlass Group (2012-2022), Ken led an innovative thought-leading organization that helped strategically shape aerospace and defense technology trajectories in the mobile networking, cybersecurity and satellite technology sectors.   In this role, Ken advised small & mid-size businesses, as well as defense & congressional leaders, while simultaneously establishing a highly effective technology incubator that enabled technology start-ups to accelerate their business trajectory across the government and commercial market segments.

As President, ITT (and then Exelis) Communications and Electronic Warfare Systems (2007-2013), Ken led a global defense and aerospace business of >$1B in annual revenue. The portfolio included tactical and satellite communications, information assurance and cybersecurity, global positioning systems (GPS), electronic protection and counter IED systems, and integrated command, control, communications and computer (C4) systems.

A passionate, creative, and visionary leader, Ken serves in a variety of advisory positions, helping unleash innovation, create constructive technology disruption, improve customer outcomes and accelerate business and financial growth trajectories.

Ken received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (high honors) from Tri-State University (now Trine) and completed executive programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Pennsylvania State University.
 

 

Chairman of the Board