Don Thoma

Aireon, US

President and CEO

Don Thoma is the President and CEO of Aireon LLC, developer of the world’s first space-based global air traffic surveillance system.  In this role, he is leading the way for a transformational new system that will enable optimization of air operations around the world. Powered by Iridium innovation and the world’s furthest reaching network, Aireonwill have a dramatic impact on the aviation industrythrough increased efficiency, expanded safety and significant cost savings to airlines and ANSPs alike.

Mr. Thoma previously served as Executive Vice President, Marketing, at Iridium Communications Inc. where he was responsible for strategic marketing, product management and corporate communications for the company, as well as corporate initiatives related to Iridium NEXT – the next generation of the Iridium satellite constellation. 

Prior to joining Iridium, from 2000-2001, he served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for ObjectVideo, Inc. From 1992-2000, Mr. Thoma held various positions of responsibility for ORBCOMM, ranging from Senior Director of Transportation to Founder and General Manager of the Vantage Tracking Solutions business unit and Vice President of Business Development. Prior to ORBCOMM, from 1988-1990, he was the Director of Integration and Launch Operations for Orbital Sciences Corporation.

Mr. Thoma served as a Captain in the U.S. Air Force Space Division from 1983-1988. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School.