Our Executive Team drive the implementation of the Group’s strategy led by our CEO, Rupert Pearce. Our Board provides the overarching support to the Executive to deliver a successful business for the benefit of shareholders, employees and our partners.

Executive management team

Rupert Pearce – Chief Executive Officer


Rupert has been Inmarsat’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2012. He joined Inmarsat in January 2005 and between then and 2011 he was General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprises. Previously, Rupert was a partner in Atlas Venture, a leading transatlantic venture capital investment boutique, specialising in the IT, communications and biotech sectors. Before Atlas Venture, he was also a partner at the international law firm Linklaters, specialising in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. Rupert received an MA (First Class) in Modern History from Oxford University and won the 1995 Fullbright Fellowship in U.S. securities law, studying at the Georgetown Law Center. He has been a visiting fellow of the Imperial College Business School, London lecturing on the school’s Entrepreneurship programme, and is the co-author of ‘Raising Venture Capital’ (Wiley). Rupert is Member of the Board of Directors of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (‘ESOA’); Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Initiative.


Philip Balaam – President, Aviation


Responsibilities: Phil is responsible for delivering the Aviation Business Unit’s business plan in line with its growth strategy. This includes secure cockpit communications, business aviation and commercial airline cabin connectivity.

Previous roles include: Inmarsat Chief Strategy Officer (2016 – 2017); Asiasat VP, Strategy, Business development and Sales (2011 – 2016); Arianespace Sales Director and various roles (1998 – 2011).


Tony Bates – Chief Financial Officer

Responsibilities: Tony is responsible for the financial management of the Group including planning, control, capital structure and investor relations, the provision of financial and commercial support to decision makers across the Group, and a financial operations service.

Previous roles include: Tony previously held the roles of Group CFO of YellGroup Plc (hibu Plc), Group CFO and then COO of ColtGroup S.A. and Group Finance Director at EMI plc.


Mike Carter – President, Enterprise


Responsibilities: Mike leads a team focused on the provision of satellite connectivity and business solutions to land-based businesses.  Prior to his appointment he filled a number of roles in G2 and Enterprise.

Previous roles include: Inmarsat: various G2 and Enterprise (2016-2019); G4S, MD and COO Risk Management(2013-2015); CEO, Social Care Charity (2011-12); British Army (1980-2010).


Trudy Cooke – Group General Counsel


Responsibilities: Trudy brings extensive international legal, M&A and management experience. She has worked for over 20 years, first as a corporate lawyer and then more recently as the Chief Operating Officer and member of the Executive Board at a leading international private equity investment firm in London. Trudy is responsible for managing Inmarsat’s Legal and Regulatory risks and for providing Legal, Regulatory and Strategic services to the Company.

Previous roles include: Terra Firma, various roles including Chief Operating Officer and Group General Counsel (2004 – 2018), Lovells (2000 – 2004), Osborne Clarke (1995 – 2000).


Natasha Dillon – Chief People Officer


Responsibilities: Natasha is responsible for creating and implementing Inmarsat’s people strategy, including developing excellent leadership, building an effective and capable organisation, delivering a compelling employee value proposition for our people and driving strong performance.

Previous roles include: Korn Ferry Hay Group, Senior Client Partner (2015 – 2016); Hay Group, Associate Director (2012 – 2015); Ernst and Young, Senior Manager/ Manager (2010 – 2012); BP, various commercial and HR roles (1997 – 2009).


Peter Hadinger – Chief Technology Officer


Responsibilities: Peter became CTO in 2018. He leads the engineering teams responsible for delivering Inmarsat’s future satellites, network infrastructure, terminal technologies and spectrum resources. CTO delivers the differentiated and reliable global communications capabilities that make a difference in the lives of our customers and ensure that Inmarsat remains a leader in enabling the connected world.

Previous roles include: Inmarsat, President U.S. Government Business Unit (2013 – 2018); Inmarsat, VP GX Government (2011 – 2013); TRW Northrop Grumman Space, Leadership roles in Engineering and Business Development (1981 – 2011).


Alison Horrocks – Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary


Responsibilities: Alison is responsible for group wide risk, compliance and corporate governance. She acts as Company Secretary to the Board and its Committees. She is a member of the Executive Management Team and Chairman of the Trustee Company for the Inmarsat UK pension plans. Alison manages our teams in India, China and Russia and also the corporate marketing and comms team.

Previous roles include: Alison was Group Company Secretary of International Public Relations plc, a worldwide public relations company, for 11 years prior to joining Inmarsat.


Brinton King – Chief Product Officer


Responsibilities: Brinton leads the Inmarsat Product Group, a diverse commercial and technical team responsible for Inmarsat’s products across its full portfolio. Responsibilities include product strategy, product management, commercial frameworks, pricing, architecture, product development, product incubation and innovation.

Previously roles include: Inmarsat SVP Product Development 2018-2019; Leading start-ups in Digital Media, Cloud Technology and Networking 2015-2018; VP Engineering for Cisco 2012 to 2015; VP R&D and Executive Management for NDS Group plc from 2001 to 2010.


Todd McDonell – President, Global Government

Responsibilities: Todd is responsible for leading and driving Inmarsat’s government business in all regions of the world outside of the USA. This includes developing strategies that deliver greater operational capability to governments and providing holistic solutions that meet government telecommunications requirements.

Previous roles include: Inmarsat, VP Global Government Solutions 2013 – 2018; TC Communications, CEO 2003 – 2013.


Susan Miller – CEO – Inmarsat Government, INC.

Responsibilities: Susan is responsible for: defining and implementing the overall strategy of expanding Inmarsat’s leadership position across U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security and civilian organizations. Delivering innovative customized, secure communication capabilities to land, maritime and aero users, meeting mission-critical connectivity needs around the world. Their business manages a robust partnership programme that includes working with best-of-breed channel partners to deliver Inmarsat’s reliable satellite communication services and solutions to U.S. government end users worldwide.

Previous roles include: MTN Satellite Communications, Executive VP, Strategy and Corporate Development (2012-2013); Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions, Inc., CEO(2009 – 2012); SkyTerra, Inc., Senior VP, Satellite Services (2007 – 2009); Intelsat General Corp., President and Chairman of the Board (2002 – 2006).


Jason Smith – Chief Operations Officer

Responsibilities: Jason is responsible for Inmarsat’s global operations and service delivery, including the satellite fleet and ground network, business and IT systems, business transformation programmes, global service delivery and distribution, assuring the quality of service and customer experience excellence.

Previous roles include: Rolls-Royce: President Nuclear/COO Nuclear/ President Submarines (2009 – 2015); AWE: Deputy Managing Director/Programme and Business Management Director (2000 – 2009).


Ronald Spithout – President, Maritime

Responsibilities: Ronald is responsible for Inmarsat’s maritime business and its global commercial strategy and execution in merchant marine, offshore energy, fishing, passengers and leisure markets. Based on a strategy of customer intimacy and channel engagement the Maritime Business Unit is effectively driving themes of ‘Digitalisation at Sea’ and ‘the Connected Vessel’ to deliver long-term sustainable growth for Inmarsat in the sector.

Previous roles include: Inmarsat, President Enterprise Business (2012 – 2104); StratosGlobal, Senior Vice President Global Marketing and Sales (2006 – 2011).

 


Connect Bidco Limited Board of Directors

Andrew Sukawaty (Chairman)

Andy was the Chairman of Inmarsat plc until its acquisition and was previously its Executive Chairman and CEO. He was the Senior Independent Director of Sky PLC until his resignation in October 2018. He was previously Chairman of Ziggo N.V., Xyratex Technologies and Telenet and also Deputy Chairman of O2 PLC. He has been an advisor to Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus. He has previously been Chief Executive Officer and President of Sprint PCS, a NYSE listed global national wireless carrier and Chief Executive Officer of NTL Limited. He has also held various management positions with US West and AT&T and been a Non-Executive Director on various listed companies. Andy holds a BBA and MBA respectively from the University of Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Max Fowinkel (Non-Executive Director)

Max joined Warburg Pincus in 2007 and is a Partner and Managing Director. He is a Director of 1&1 Ionos and MAX (fka Leumi Card). He was involved in the firm’s investments in inexio, IPAN, Network International, Accelya, easycash, MACH, Evenex, Blue Yonder and United Internet. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at McKinsey & Company. Max holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Technische Universität Berlin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.

Eric Hargrave (Non-Executive Director)

Eric is responsible for origination, execution, and management of direct investments in the technology, media and telecom sectors across Europe, as well as geographic coverage for the Nordics at Ontario Teachers’. Eric currently serves on the board of Memora. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Eric worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets, most recently as part of the London based Power, Utilities and Infrastructure group.

General C Robert Kehler (Rtd) (Non-Executive Director)

General Kehler served on the Inmarsat plc Board for 6 years as a Non-Executive Director until his resignation on 4 December 2019. General Kehler retired from the US Air Force on 31 December 2013 with over 38 years of service. Over his career, he served in a variety of important operational and staff assignments, and successfully led large organisations with global responsibilities. In his final two major command assignments he oversaw a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and was directly responsible to the Secretary of Defense and President for the plans and operations of all U.S. forces conducting strategic deterrence, space, and cyberspace operations. General Kehler is a Non-executive Director of MAXAR Technologies, a Trustee of the Mitre Corporation and Director of Monocle Acquisition Corporation.

Pascal Keutgens (Non-Executive Director)

Pascal focuses on the healthcare and consumer sectors and is also responsible for investments in Germany, France and the Benelux for the Canada Pension Plan (‘CPP’). Prior to joining CPP Investments, Pascal was a Partner at Bregal Freshstream, where he was responsible for their Private Equity activities in France and the Benelux. Previously Pascal was a Partner at Doughty Hanson, where he spent 13 years focusing on mid-market buyouts across Europe. Pascal trained as an accountant at PwC.

Christoph Mueller (Non-Executive Director)

Christoph has over 25 years’ experience in the aviation, logistic and tourism industry. He was the Chief Digital and Innovation Officer of Emirates Group and former Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airlines. Christoph was the CEO of Irish airline Aer Lingus where he repositioned the loss-making company as a service airline to compete with low budget alternatives. He is a qualified accountant.

Ashvin Malkani (Non-Executive Director)

Ashvin joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2002 and has nearly 20 years of private equity investing experience. He currently serves on the board of directors of 24-7 Intouch, Camelot Lottery Solutions, Compass Datacenters, Inmarsat and Premier Lotteries Ireland. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers’, Ashvin was an Analyst at TD Capital, the private equity arm of TD Bank Financial Group.

Salim Nathoo (Non-Executive Director)

Salim is a Partner in the Tech & Telco team of Apax Partners and is based in London. Salim is also a member of the Investment Committees for the Apax Buyout Funds, Apax Digital Fund and Apax Global Alpha. Salim joined Apax Partners in 1999 specialising in the Tech & Telecom space. He has both led and participated in a number of key deals including ThoughtWorks, Candela, EVRY, GlobalLogic, iGATE, Orange Switzerland, Sophos, SMART Technologies, Weather Investments, Tim Hellas, Promethean and Mobifon. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Salim was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company where he specialised in advising clients in the telecom sector

René Obermann (Non-Executive Director)

René joined Warburg Pincus, a leading private equity firm, as a Partner and Managing Director in February 2015. Subsequent to investments made by Warburg Pincus, he assumed roles as Chairman of the Board at 1&1 IONOS and was a Supervisory Board Member at inexio. He is a Member of the Board of Directors of Airbus. René worked as CEO of Ziggo in The Netherlands in 2014 until the merger with LibertyGlobal’s UPC. Prior to Ziggo, René worked at Deutsche Telekom Group (DT) from 1998 until 2013. After running DT’s mobile division (T-Mobile International), he was appointed as CEO of Deutsche Telekom in November 2006, where he remained until December 2013. René began his career with a business traineeship at BMW in Munich. Next, he founded his own business in 1986: ABC Telekom, a company distributing telecommunication equipment and providing technical services. After the acquisition of ABC Telekom by Hutchison Whampoa in 1991, René became Managing Partner of the resulting company: Hutchison Mobilfunk. Between 1993 and 1998, he was CEO of that company.

Rupert Pearce (CEO)

Rupert has been Inmarsat’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2012. He joined Inmarsat in January 2005 and between then and 2011 he was General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprises. Previously, Rupert was a partner in Atlas Venture, a leading transatlantic venture capital investment boutique, specialising in the IT, communications and biotech sectors. Before Atlas Venture, he was also a partner at the international law firm Linklaters, specialising in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. Rupert received an MA (First Class) in Modern History from Oxford University and won the 1995 Fullbright Fellowship in U.S. securities law, studying at the Georgetown Law Center. He has been a visiting fellow of the Imperial College Business School, London lecturing on the school’s Entrepreneurship programme, and is the co-author of ‘Raising Venture Capital’ (Wiley). Rupert is Member of the Board of Directors of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (‘ESOA’); Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and Member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Initiative.

Andrew Sillitoe (Non-Executive Director)

Andrew is co-CEO of Apax Partners and a Partner in the Tech & Telco team. Andrew is also a member of the Executive and Investment Committees. He has been based in London since joining the firm in 1998 and his focus has been on the technology & telecommunications sectors. Andrew has been involved in a number of deals, including the Inmarsat acquisition In 2003, Intelsat, King, Orange, TDC, TIVIT and Unilabs. Prior to joining Apax Partners, Andrew was a consultant at LEK where he advised clients on acquisitions in a number of sectors.


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