Intelsat is preparing for a change at the top. The satellite operator has appointed current Intelsat President and chief commercial officer Stephen Spengler as deputy chief executive officer.

Under its succession plan, Intelsat chairman and chief executive officer David McGlade will transition to the position of executive chairman as of April 1, 2015. At this point Spengler will become the new chief executive. McGlade has been CEO of Intelsat for 10 years.

“Steve is a proven leader with outstanding customer and communications industry knowledge and the ability to execute a global plan. His vision has been instrumental in driving our next generation strategy, and in building new innovative services with the commercial satellite services we provide,” commented McGlade.

Since joining Intelsat in 2003, Spengler has held a variety of executive positions, including executive vice president, sales, marketing and strategy. During his time at Intelsat Spengler has led the development of Intelsat’s global mobility network, in which Intelsat now has a leading share of maritime and aeronautical broadband services. He has also overseen the development of the company’s next generation satellite platform, Intelsat EpicNG, of which the first satellite is expected to launch in late 2015.