Matthew M. O'Connell
Matt O’Connell is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors at OneWeb, where he is responsible for driving the company’s growth towards its goal of providing affordable Internet access for everyone, everywhere. Prior to joining OneWeb, Matt O’Connell served as president and CEO of GeoEye and its predecessor, Orbimage. He founded this leading global provider of satellite and aerial imagery and digital mapping information in 2006 through the merger of Orbimage and Space Imaging. It grew from an organization of 60 employees and $9m revenue per year to one of 760 employees on track to report $350 million revenue in 2012. During that time, GeoEye’s enterprise value grew from $33m to approximately $1.3bn at the time of its successful sale to DigitalGlobe. GeoEye achieved a reputation for sustained innovation in many fields and pioneered several organizational structures and processes in the industry. Mr. O’Connell has been recognized as a thought leader in the digital mapping and intelligence industries.
Prior to joining GeoEye, Mr. O’Connell held executive positions at Crest Advisors, a New York-based private merchant bank, Sony Worldwide Networks, and Cablevision Systems Corporation. He began his career as a mergers and acquisitions attorney on Wall Street. He was elected to the U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s Board of Directors in 2007 and has served on many Government and industry advisory panels. He began his career as a musician, before attending law school.