September 03, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Gilman Louie has been appointed as the first Chairman of the Board of Vricon, Inc.

Vricon is a newly formed joint venture between Saab AB and DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI). The company’s mission is to create a digital model of the Globe in 3D by producing photo-realistic 3D products and digital elevation models globally for enterprise and government geospatial markets with unmatched coverage and delivery timelines.

“We are delighted that Gilman Louie has accepted to stand for election as Chairman of Vricon, Inc.,” said Dan Jangblad, Senior Vice President of Saab AB.

“Gilman Louie brings intimate knowledge of disruptive technologies for defense, security and infrastructure markets and has an excellent track record as a leader in these fields,” said Dan Jablonsky, Vricon board member and Senior Vice President at DigitalGlobe.

“I am honored to be nominated as Chairman of the Board and look forward to working with the management of Vricon, DigitalGlobe, and Saab AB to grow the company and expand its markets,” said Gilman Louie. “Three-dimensional situational awareness and mapping applications are critical for informed decision making. In addition, Vricon is able to quickly produce accurate models that can be shared easily with allies, since they are based on commercial, unclassified imagery.”

Gilman Louie is the founder and former CEO of In-Q-Tel, a strategic venture fund created to help enhance national security by connecting the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. intelligence community with venture-backed entrepreneurial companies. Previously, Gilman built a career as a pioneer in the interactive entertainment industry with accomplishments including the design and development of the Falcon F-16 flight simulator.

Gilman was recently appointed as member of the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the United States Intelligence Community and chairs the committee on Persistent Forecasting of Disruptive Technologies for the National Academies. He also serves as a member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age and of the Technical Advisory Group for the United States Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. Gilman has served on a number of boards, including Wizards of the Coast, Netwitness, Ribbit, Zephyr Technologies, the National Venture Capital Association, and the CIA Officers Memorial Fund; he currently chairs the Mandarin Institute and the Federation of American Scientists.

About Vricon

Vricon serves the global professional geospatial market with world-leading 3D geodata and 3D visualization solutions. Vricon is headquartered in Reston, Virginia. For further information, visit

About Saab

Saab serves the global market with world-leading products, services and solutions within military defence and civil security. Saab has operations and employees on all continents around the world. Through innovative, collaborative and pragmatic thinking, Saab develops, adopts and improves new technology to meet customers’ changing needs.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources, and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements.