Interview: Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Intelsat Chief Executive Stephen Spengler skipped the annual Euroconsult World Space Business Week conference — a Goldman Sachs conference took precedence — but his company nonetheless was a topic of conversation.

The drama of Intelsat’s leverage — you’re welcome, private equity — and the weaknesses of a few other geo-satellite operators have put the industry on edge for a couple of years now. Add the fragility of key aeronautical-connectivity service providers to get the flavor of industry discussion.

In this interview, Spengler addresses the inscrutability (to an outsider . . .

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