The Faces of DigitalGlobe: Pierre Izard

The Faces of DigitalGlobe is a series of blog posts highlighting individuals and teams within DigitalGlobe.

This month, we are highlighting Pierre Izard, Director, Global Strategic Alliances. Pierre  joined DigitalGlobe in 2000 and is currently developing the company’s Global Strategic Alliances program.  Pierre has contributed in a broad range of leadership roles at DigitalGlobe in Operations, Product, and Labs.  Prior to joining DigitalGlobe, Pierre served as a civilian geospatial intelligence analyst at the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and as an Open Source Analyst at SAIC’s Foreign Systems Research Center. Pierre holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master of Arts from the University of Denver’s Korbel School of International Studies where he focused his studies on Economics and Technology.

1. What might you find yourself doing around 10 a.m. on a regular work day?

I am most likely involved in a conversation with a close partner, working with my counterparts to understand pain points and priorities, and collaborating to help them unlock scale, efficiency, adoption, or any other metric that’s critical to their plan.  Our greatest challenge right now is focus, we must better prioritize the many opportunities and make sure we focus our talent and resources on efforts that will maximize outcomes for our partners and shareholders.

2. What’s the most interesting use case or problem that you’ve seen DigitalGlobe solve?

We, together with our partners, help our customers understand our world, make sense of their geographies, and we help save human lives.  This will get anyone out of bed in the morning.

3. How does your current role support DigitalGlobe’s Purpose Vision and Values (PVV)?

We take great care to make sure our Alliance partners understand the Purpose, Vision, and Values that guide our decisions and behaviors.  If our partners don’t have the same focus and emphasis, the relationship will not go very far.  We do not want partners that wouldn’t feel comfortable signing the PVV banner that hangs in our headquarters.

4. If you could add any technology/capability to DigitalGlobe’s assets, what would it be?

I would advocate for a simple, performant, documented, stable image catalog discovery interface that can address the needs of prospects, programmers, and partners.  I have simple needs.

5. What is your favorite restaurant in the Longmont area?

Any place that can serve a decent cassoulet like my Aunt Monique’s.  Have not found one yet.  A close substitute would be Georgia Boys in downtown Longmont.