Changing Places


Peter Dawkins, founder and principal of ShiningStar Capital and a retired U.S. Army brigadier general, joined Iridium Communications' board of directors.

Prior to founding his current firm, Dawkins was vice chairman of Global Wealth Management for Citigroup, vice chairman of the Citigroup Private Bank, and executive vice president and vice chairman of Travelers Insurance during an 11-year tenure with the firm.

From 1991 to 1996, he served as chairman and CEO of Primerica Financial Services and earlier served as head of the U.S. consulting practice of Bain & Company. During his military career, Brig. Gen. Dawkins served as military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense and was selected as a White House Fellow.

"A proven leader in business and the military, Gen. Dawkins brings outstanding credentials to Iridium," Iridium CEO Matt Desch said in a statement. "We look forward to benefiting from his insights and experience as we build our capital base and embark on the development of our next-generation satellite constellation, Iridium NEXT."

A 1959 graduate of West Point, Dawkins served in the U.S. Army for 24 years. He commanded a company in the 82nd Airborne Division, led a battalion in Korea and commanded a brigade of the 101st Airborne Division. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1981.

Gen. Dawkins holds a doctorate and master's degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and studied at Oxford University from 1959-62. In 1963, Time magazine identified him as one of the "Top 50 Leaders in the U.S." and, in 2006, he received the Horatio Alger Award.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Corps Capt. John E. Lowell Jr. was named the new director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey and will simultaneously serve as the U.S. national hydrographer.

In his dual roles, Lowell will be responsible for overseeing NOAA's hydrographic services, including the mapping and charting of all U.S. navigational waters, as well as represent the United States in international hydrographic efforts.

"We're delighted that John Lowell has been named to this important leadership post within the National Ocean Service," said John H. Dunnigan, assistant administrator of NOAA's National Ocean Service, in a statement. "He brings to the position a wealth of experience through a wide variety of assignments during his 26-year NOAA career."

Lowell takes over the director's helm after serving for the last three years as chief of the Office of Coast Survey's Marine Chart Division.

Graduating in 1982 from the Florida Institute of Technology, Lowell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in oceanographic technology. He recently completed the JFK Harvard Senior Executive Fellowship program.

Lowell began his career with NOAA in 1984, serving more than 10 years at sea aboard many NOAA ships. More recently, he served as executive officer on NOAA ship Rainier and commanding officer on NOAA ship Fairweather.

Lowell succeeds Capt. Steven R. Barnum, who completes a 29-year federal career, all of it in the NOAA Corps. Barnum served as director of NOAA's Office of Coast Survey and U.S. national hydrographer for the past three years.

The Office of Coast Survey, originally formed by President Thomas Jefferson in 1807, maintains the nation's suite of nautical charts, surveys the coastal seafloor, responds to national emergencies and search for underwater obstructions and wreckage. It also develops hydrographic models to help coastal planners understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change.


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