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Loral Space & Communications has named Patrick DeWitt chief executive officer of Loral's satellite manufacturing subsidiary, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L). DeWitt, 60, was most recently president of SS/L. He has held senior management positions with SS/L and its predecessor companies since 1973. "Pat DeWitt success

Loral Space & Communications has named Patrick DeWitt chief executive officer of Loral's satellite manufacturing subsidiary, Space Systems/Loral (SS/L).

DeWitt, 60, was most recently president of SS/L. He has held senior management positions with SS/L and its predecessor companies since 1973.

"Pat DeWitt successfully led SS/L through a difficult period in the satellite manufacturing industry, marked by an adverse economic environment, strong competition and ever-evolving technologies," said Michael B. Targoff, chief executive officer, Loral Space & Communications. "In his new role as CEO, I'm confident Pat will keep leading SS/L to continued successful growth."

John Celli, previously executive vice president of the company, will succeed Mr. DeWitt as president of SS/L.

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