Matthew M. O'Connell
CEO, President & Director
Matt O’Connell came to the commercial remote sensing industry in 2001 as CEO of GeoEye’s predecessor, ORBIMAGE. In January 2006, ORBIMAGE acquired Space Imaging to form GeoEye, Inc.
In July 2010, GeoEye was ranked 84th on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Fastest-Growing Companies” list. In 2008, GeoEye was ranked fourth on the Washington Business Journal list of the Fastest Growing Companies in the Washington, D.C. area. In September 2008, and for the second year in a row, Deloitte named the Company as a “Technology Fast 50” award winner and a “Technology Fast 500” winner for 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In May 2008, GeoEye was ranked 82nd on the Washington Post’s list of the “Top 200” companies in the Washington, D.C. area based on 2007 revenue.
In January 2008, O’Connell was appointed by the Department of the Interior to serve on its National Geospatial Advisory Committee. He also serves on The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing. In February 2008, O’Connell was elected to the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Board of Directors. In October 2007, O’Connell was presented with their Industry Leader award. In June 2007, O’Connell was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young for Communications in the Washington, D.C. region.
O’Connell has over 25 years of experience in communications management and finance. Prior to joining GeoEye, O’Connell was a managing director at Crest Advisors, a New York-based private merchant bank that invested in and advised communications companies, and senior vice president of Legal and Business Affairs for Sony Worldwide Networks, a division of Sony Corporation specializing in radio and Internet programming. Before working at Sony, he served as senior vice president and general counsel of Osborn Communications Corporation, a publicly traded radio and television station operator. Prior to his tenure at Osborn, O’Connell was the assistant general counsel at Cablevision Systems Corporation, where he was responsible for acquisitions and finance, including the Company’s initial public offering. O’Connell began his career on Wall Street as a lawyer specializing in mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.
O’Connell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from Trinity College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School.