Jay Icard

Jay Icard is the Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at SES Space & Defense. Jay is a seasoned leader with over 30 years of industry experience in government and enterprise telecommunications and 15+ years in commercial satellite integration.

Jay comes to SES Space & Defense most recently serving as the Chief Executive Officer at XTAR, where he was responsible for the overall direction, strategy, and business operations. While at XTAR, Jay combined his technical background, business acumen and operational know-how to transform the company into a trusted source for advancing industry innovation within the “Fighting SATCOM” vision of the U.S. Space Force. Prior to XTAR, Jay held profit and loss (P&L) management and business development leadership roles with TeleCommunication Systems Inc. (TCS) and Comtech. At TCS and Comtech, he was responsible for Strategic Business Development for major U.S. Government programs and held leadership positions in Cyber Security, Satellite Managed Services and Professional Services. Prior to Comtech and TCS, Jay worked for Oracle, MCI and in the Department of Defense acquisition community.