COMSAT General Elects McLucas President- Johnson Named Chairman

Dr. John L. McLucas, former administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, has been elected president of COMSAT General Corporation, and John A.

Johnson, president of COMSAT General for the past four years, has been elected chairman of the board and chief executive officer.

Dr. McLucas was also elected to the board of directors of COMSAT General.

The actions were announced by Dr. Joseph V. Charyk, president of Communications Satellite Corporation (COMSAT), of which COMSAT General is a wholly owned subsidiary. Dr. Charyk, who has been serving as chairman of the board of directors of COMSAT General, said that with the election of Mr. Johnson and Dr. McLucas, he will now serve as chairman of COMSAT General board's executive committee.

Dr. Charyk said that both he and Mr. Johnson are "delighted that COMSAT General will have the benefit of Dr. McLucas's long and distinguished career as an administrator, engineer and scientist." Dr. McLucas was nominated as FAA Administrator by President Ford in 1975, and served in that capacity until April of this year.

Earlier, he was Secretary of the Air Force (1973 to 1975) and Under Secretary of the Air Force (1969 to 1973). Before that, he served as Assistant Secretary General for Scientific Affairs of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and as president of The Mitre Corporation.

Dr. McLucas is a native of Fayetteville, N.C., and holds a B.S.

degree from Davidson College, an M.S. degree from Tulane Univer University, and a Ph.D. degree in physics and electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Mr. Johnson has been president of COMSAT General since the subsidiary was established in February 1973. Before that, he served as vice president, international, of COMSAT, which he joined in 1963, and as senior vice president. He was chairman of the Interim Communication Satellite Committee, the governing body of the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) during its formative years, and served as the first United States governor on the INTELSAT board of governors.

Mr. Johnson, a lawyer, is a native of Milwaukee, Wis., and holds an A.B. degree from De- Pauw University, a J.D. degree from the University of Chicago Law School and an LL.M. degree from the Harvard Law School.

COMSAT General Corporation, 950 L'Enfant Plaza, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024, is engaged in a number of major programs, including maritime satellite communications (MARISAT), and domestic satellite communications (COMSTAR), and is a partner in Satellite Business Systems (SBS), along with IBM and The Aetna Casualty and Surety Company, which is planning a U.S. domestic satellite communications system.

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