Our Leadership

With decades of combined experience working with the federal government and the U.S. military, leadership at SES Government Solutions understands the pressures and challenges that face government organizations as they work to accomplish their missions.

Learn more about the years of government and satellite communications experience that our senior leaders leverage to meet the unique mission requirements of our customers.

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Pete Hoene

President and Chief Executive Officer

Brigadier General Peter F. Hoene, USAF (Retired) was named President and CEO of SES Government Solutions on January 19, 2015. In his previous role, he served as the Corporate Vice President for Development for SES Government Solutions, headquartered in Reston, VA. As Corporate Vice President for Development, he worked with United States warfighters and other government users to help determine their requirements and offer communications support, hosted payload opportunities, and network solutions. He then communicated those requirements to the SES parent organization to take advantage of existing on-orbit SES fleet capacity, or to influence future satellite designs.

Pete retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2010 as Brigadier General, following 30 years of service. He is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, as well as a distinguished graduate of both the Air Command and Staff College and the National War College. He holds two masters degrees and served in a wide variety of Space, Command and Control, and research, development, acquisition, test, staff and command assignments.

In his last active duty position, Hoene served as the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Program Executive Officer for Command and Control, where he managed a portfolio of Joint and Coalition Command and Control and Information Sharing programs. Prior to his DISA assignment, he was Commander, 350th Electronic Systems Wing (C2&ISR Wing), Electronic Systems Center, Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., where he managed a portfolio of 49 command and control (C2), ISR, Space and Cyber programs valued at more than $9 billion.

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Jim Hooper

Corporate Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Jim Hooper joined SES Government Solutions (SES GS) in January 2010. He currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer and a Corporate Vice President at SES GS. In this role, Mr. Hooper’s team is responsible for leveraging the global satellite capabilities that SES operates at geostationary and medium earth orbit (MEO) to deliver superior satellite communications (SATCOM), hosted payloads, and end-to-end solutions to the US Government. SES GS currently supports mission-critical operations in support of Combatant Command (COCOM), Military Service, and other US Government customers, while working with US Government customers to prepare for the deployment of next-generation SES satellite capabilites, including the advanced O3b mPOWER satellite constellation scheduled for launch in 2022.

Mr. Jim Hooper joined SES Government Solutions (SES GS) in January 2010. He currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer and a Corporate Vice President at SES GS. In this role, Mr. Hooper’s team is responsible for leveraging the global satellite capabilities that SES operates at geostationary and medium earth orbit (MEO) to deliver superior satellite communications (SATCOM), hosted payloads, and end-to-end solutions to the US Government. SES GS currently supports mission-critical operations in support of Combatant Command (COCOM), Military Service, and other US Government customers, while working with US Government customers to prepare for the deployment of next-generation SES satellite capabilites, including the advanced O3b mPOWER satellite constellation scheduled for launch in 2022.
Previously, Mr. Hooper was responsible for developing SES Networks strategic customers in the Asia-Pacific region. He prepared and executed strategies for aeronautical, maritime, international government, and other commercial markets.

Prior to transferring to the Asia-Pacific, Mr. Hooper managed marketing, sales, business development, capture, and proposal writing activities for U.S. Government customers as the Corporate Vice President for Development at SES Government Solutions. Mr. Hooper transformed the SES Government Solutions approach to business development and pipeline management. SES Government Solutions won over $100M in new contract awards every year under Mr. Hooper’s tenure at SES Government Solutions.

Mr. Hooper was previously a Vice President at Interferometrics, Inc., where he managed the Defense Solutions Group, providing analytic and engineering support to space and communications customers.

Mr. Hooper was selected as an Organizational Management Fellow at George Washington University. His early career includes service in a light infantry company, assignment at the American Embassy Seoul, and work at Teledyne Brown Engineering. Other awards include a US State Department Meritorious Honor Award.

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Bill Flynn

Corporate Vice President, Programs

William “Bill” Flynn is Vice President, Programs at SES Government Solutions . He is responsible for leading the Program Management Organization, establishing and enforcing SES Government Solutions standards for managing programs to deliver high-quality end-to-end satellite communications services, to meet U.S. Government critical mission requirements. He joined SES Government Solutions following 26 years of service in the Navy, both as a Naval Officer and Civil Servant.

He graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1982 and entered the Submarine service pipeline. He completed his Division Officer tour on USS SILVERSIDES (SSN-679) and Department Head tours as Navigator / Operations Officer on USS LAFAYETTE (SSBN-616) and Combat Systems Officer on USS GATO (SSN-615). Between sea assignments, he served as Navigation and Naval Operations instructor at the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps, University of Notre Dame.

In 1993, he was assigned to the Office of Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV). He served as requirements officer and sponsor for the Global Command and Control System – Maritime (GCCS-M) Afloat. He earned an AFCEA / U.S. Naval Institute Copernicus Award for his efforts to meet the Fleet’s critical command and control system shortfalls. He was also assigned to the Mine Warfare Branch, as the requirements officer and sponsor for organic mine reconnaissance systems. He developed requirements and resource strategies for the Navy’s Unmanned Undersea Vehicles programs.

Following two years as Russian Team Leader within the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) Submarine Warfare Operations and Research Branch (SWORD), he was assigned as an international arms control project manager in the Cooperative Threat Reduction directory, Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Upon retirement from Active Duty in 2002, he transitioned to U.S. Navy civil service, in which he was selected as the Technical Measurements Branch Head, Acoustic Intelligence Division within Office of Naval Intelligence. In 2004, he was selected as the Director, SPAWAR Washington Liaison Office, where he served as SPAWAR Headquarter representative for customers and stakeholders in the Washington and Tidewater regions.

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Mark Phillips

Corporate Vice President, Operations & Service Delivery

Mark Phillips joined SES Government Solutions (SES GS) in 2019 as the Vice President of Operations and Service Delivery. In his previous role he managed SES’s Commercial Global Managed Services NOC and SATCOM Engineering team. Currently he leads a team of professionals providing SES GS’s Service Delivery Solutions to the U.S. Government including Network Operations, SATCOM Engineering and Managed Services Implementation.

Mr. Phillips has over 20 years of experience in the satellite communications industry. Prior to joining SES GS, he held various positions with SES Networks, O3b Networks, Scitor, and Lockheed Martin with extensive experience in Network Operations, Satellite Operations, Satellite Engineering, IC Programs, and Program Management. During this time, he held a number of leadership positions including VP, Satellite Engineering and Operations for O3b Networks until the startup company was merged with SES.

Mr. Phillips holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science degree from George Washington University.

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Scott Galus

Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Scott Galus is the Corporate Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SES Government Solutions. Mr. Galus is responsible for the company’s financial planning, analysis and management, legal, contracts, procurement and financial/cost accounting and reporting functions.

He has been with SES Government Solutions for 11 years and previously served as the Corporate Vice President of Sales and Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, where he focused on complex financial forecast models for cost and revenue, satellite capacity, performance benchmarking, and trend and variance analyses.

Additionally, he recently did a rotation at SES Satellites and served as Commercial Manager.

Prior to joining the SES Government Solutions team, he worked at SAIC for 12 years where he worked on many high-level projects including serving as a Project Control Manager for the Athens C41 program, an IT security contract with the Government of Greece.