Ball Aerospace Realigns Civil and Operational Space Business Units

Fri Jan 4, 2013 5:44pm EST

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BOULDER, Colo.,  Jan. 4, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Ball Aerospace & Technologies
Corp. announced today three leadership appointments and an organizational
structure change that will position operating sectors for improved customer




Effective  January 2, Ball's Civil and Operational Space business unit will
become two separate business units:  Civil Space and Technology led by Vice
President and General Manager  Jim Oschmann; and Operational Space led by Vice
President and General Manager  Cary Ludtke.   

Oschmann will spearhead Ball's science and technology development objectives for
civil customers, while Ludtke will continue his leadership of company programs
that include the nation's civil weather system, the Joint Polar Satellite
System, and the Operational Land Imager. A third change includes the appointment
of  Rob Freedman  as vice president and general manager for Tactical Solutions,
the business unit previously led by Oschmann.

Oschmann joined Ball in 2004, and has a long history in the industry's science
community, serving on review panels and advisory boards for NASA, the National
Science Foundation and the Association of Universities for Research in
Astronomy.  In the new position, Oschmann will be responsible for programs that
include the James Webb Space Telescope, Green Propellant Infusion Mission and
Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution.  

Ludtke has held numerous positions of leadership in his nearly 30 years at Ball
Aerospace. He will continue to develop strategies to expand the company's
commercial and international opportunities while overseeing existing programs
including WorldView-3, FalconEye, Sentinel, the Geostationary Environment
Monitoring Spectrometer, and the Geostationary Ocean Color Imager II.

Freedman's aerospace career spans more than three decades. Since joining Ball,
he has served in a variety of management roles, most recently as Ball's director
for RF applications and strategic initiatives. He has worked as a program
manager, capture lead, business area manager and as an advanced systems manager,
and his background includes 28 years as a naval aviator.  

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agencies such as the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government
and commercial entities. The company develops and manufactures spacecraft,
advanced instruments and sensors, components, data exploitation systems and RF
solutions for strategic, tactical and scientific applications. For more
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beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other
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and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011
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and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties
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recent global recession and its effects on liquidity, credit risk, asset values
and the economy; successful or unsuccessful acquisitions; regulatory action or
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changes; rates of return projected and earned on assets of the company's defined
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