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Accountability, agility, respect and excellence. These key values shape the way we work, from the top of the organisation down.

Our greatest strength is our unique vision and the world-leading expertise of our people. Our Executive Team drives the implementation of the Group’s strategy led by our CEO, Rajeev Suri. Our Board provides the overarching support to the Executive to deliver a successful business for the benefit of shareholders, employees and our partners.

  • Rajeev Suri
    Chief Executive Officer

    Rajeev was appointed as Inmarsat’s Chief Executive Officer in March 2021. He joined Inmarsat from Nokia, where he was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2009 to 2014 Rajeev was Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Solutions and Networks. During his tenure as CEO, he transformed Nokia into a top two telecommunications infrastructure company, led the consolidation of the sector from ten to three major players, positioned Nokia as a leader in a world connected by 5G and shaped by increasing digitalisation and automation. Under his leadership, Nokia acquired the networks businesses of Siemens, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, including the famed Bell Labs, successfully expanded into enterprise vertical markets, created the world’s leading standalone telecom software business, significantly grew the annual recurring revenue patent licensing business and engineered the return of the Nokia brand to mobile phones.

    Rajeev has lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. In March 2021, he was reappointed as a Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission. He was Co-Chair of the digitalisation task force for the B20 and member of various digital and healthcare committees at the World Economic Forum. Rajeev was a member of the Chinese Premier’s Global CEO Council from 2014 to 2020, a recipient of China’s Marco Polo award; the highest honour awarded to an international business person from the Chinese government. Rajeev is an engineering graduate in Electronics and Communications and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Manipal University. 

  • 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

    • Group CFO of YellGroup Plc (hibu plc); 
    • Group CFO and then COO of ColtGroup S.A.; 
    • Group Finance Director at EMI plc.
  • Jat Brainch
    Chief Commercial and Product Officer 

    Responsibilities

    Jat is responsible for Inmarsat’s evolving commercial and product strategy and roadmap to improve business performance and commercial operations. In her role, she focuses heavily on customer insight to ensure the company continues to lead the industry in advanced, customer-centric products and commercial services that are designed specifically for mobility and Government users. 

    Previous roles include

    • Inmarsat SVP, Group Commercial Management (2019-2021)
    • Group Commercial Finance Director at BMI Group (2018-2019)
    • Senior roles in telecoms and technology brands including Logica Group PLC (now part of CGI), Telefonica Europe PLC and T-Mobile (UK) Ltd
  • Phillipe Carette
    President, Aviation

    Philippe was appointed President of Inmarsat’s aviation business in November 2021. He is responsible for the company’s global commercial strategy and execution in inflight Wi-Fi, airline operations, safety, business and general and UAV markets.

    Philippe brings more than 30 years’ experience in aviation, technology and aerospace. He has a proven track record of business transformation that drives value for the business whilst delighting its customers, and will use this experience to support Inmarsat’s growth ambitions.

    Previous roles include

    • CEO InFlyt Experience, Thales (2018-2021)
    • Vice President and Managing Director Commercial Avionics, Thales (2013-2018)
    • President Deutsch Aerospace and Transportation, TE Connectivity (2010-2013)
  • 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 Global Government and Enterprise Business Units.

    Previous roles include

    • At Inmarsat: various Global Government and Enterprise (2016 - 2019); 
    • G4S, MD and COO Risk Management (2013 - 2015); 
    • CEO, Social Care Charity (2011-12); 
    • British Army (1980-2010).
  • 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).
  • Barry French
    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer

    Barry was appointed as Inmarsat’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer in April 2021. An award-winning, multi-industry leader in communications, marketing and corporate affairs, he joins Inmarsat from Nokia, where he was Chief Marketing Officer from 2014-2020. During his time at the company, Barry was responsible for fundamentally repositioning Nokia Siemens Networks as a ‘mobile networks specialist’, rebuilding the Nokia brand, amplifying its value by >4X, and strengthening financial communications. He pioneered an award-winning sustainability programme and was a key member of the executive leadership team that drove the Alcatel-Lucent acquisition.

    Barry started his career in the world of political consulting in the United States and has worked at companies including the Sawyer/Miller Group, Dell, Raytheon, United Airlines and Nokia. A Political Science graduate, Barry holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in New York.

    At Inmarsat, Barry is responsible for Inmarsat’s marketing, communications and government affairs with a remit to sharpen customer focus, drive customer engagement and revenue generation to the next level, ensure Inmarsat is an effective and engaged participant in key policy discussions, and further enhance employee engagement. 

  • Fredrik Gustavsson
    Chief Strategy Officer

    Fredrik was appointed as Inmarsat’s Chief Strategy Officer in June 2021, reporting to the company’s CEO, Rajeev Suri.  A highly accomplished Strategy and Corporate Development Director, he has a proven track record of delivering substantial added shareholder value for companies across a range of industry sectors with a core focus on aviation and transport.

    Prior to joining Inmarsat, Fredrik was a UK-based managing director of Teneo, the global CEO advisory firm and, from 2012-2019, was Head of Strategy and M&A at easyJet. 

    At easyJet, he was responsible to the Management Board across a broad strategy agenda and M&A execution, which included the acquisition of parts of Air Berlin, securing key airport slots for the multinational airline group and the company’s investment in the travel search engine DoHop.

    Fredrik was also a Vice President of Investment Banking in the UK at Credit Suisse, the leading global investment bank, from 2006-2012.  As a senior member of the team that applied Credit Suisse’s proprietary HOLT valuation framework, he helped to deepen client relationships through strategic and valuation advisory services across M&A and equity capital markets transactions.

    From 2003-2006, he was a corporate finance and strategy specialist at McKinsey & Co in London.

    Fredrik has an MSc in both Electrical Engineering and Financial Economics.

  • 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 management, global compliance, corporate governance, group legal, market access and regulatory policy. 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 also manages our teams in India and China and covering Russia, the Stans and Turkey. 

    Previous roles include

    • Group Company Secretary of International Public Relations plc, a worldwide public relations company, for 11 years prior to joining Inmarsat.
  • 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 organisations; delivering innovative customised, secure communication capabilities to land, maritime and aero users; meeting mission-critical connectivity needs around the world. Inmarsat Government 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).
  • Ben Palmer OBE
    President, Maritime

    Ben was appointed President of Inmarsat’s maritime business in November 2021. He is responsible for the company’s global commercial strategy and execution in merchant marine, offshore energy, fishing, maritime passenger and leisure markets.

    Ben brings 25 years’ experience of driving growth, performance improvement and transformation in complex technology-heavy businesses. He has a track record of building high performing teams, is committed to placing the customer at the heart of what we do, and enjoys building deep relationships to deliver value.

    Previous roles include

    • Managing Director, Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems Europe division (2019-2021)
    • European Strategy and Business Development Director, Northrop Grumman Corporation (2014-2019)
    • Vice President, Enterprise Improvement, AlixPartners (2012-2014)
  • 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).
  • Andrew Sukawaty
    Chairman

    Andy was the Chairman of Inmarsat plc at the time it was acquired in December 2019 and was previously its Executive Chairman and CEO.

    He is founding partner of Corten Advisers UK LLP, Chairman of Hg Capital USA, Independent Director of Hg Capital LLC and Non-Executive Director at RELX plc. Previously, Andy was the Senior Independent Director of Sky plc, Chairman of Ziggo N.V., Xyratex Technologies and Telenet and also Deputy Chairman of O2 plc. He has also previously served as an advisor to Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus and had previously been Chief Executive Officer and President of Sprint PCS, a NYSE listed global national wireless carrier and Chief Executive Officer of NTL Limited.

    Andy has previously held various management positions with U.S. West and AT&T and been a Non-Executive Director on various listed companies. Andy holds a BBA and MBA from the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota respectively.

  • Rajeev Suri
    CEO

    Rajeev was appointed as Inmarsat’s Chief Executive Officer in March 2021. He joined Inmarsat from Nokia, where he was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer. From 2009 to 2014 Rajeev was Chief Executive Officer of Nokia Solutions and Networks. During his tenure as CEO, he transformed Nokia into a top two telecommunications infrastructure company, led the consolidation of the sector from ten to three major players, positioned Nokia as a leader in a world connected by 5G and shaped by increasing digitalisation and automation. Under his leadership, Nokia acquired the networks businesses of Siemens, Motorola, Alcatel-Lucent, including the famed Bell Labs, successfully expanded into enterprise vertical markets, created the world’s leading standalone telecom software business, significantly grew the annual recurring revenue patent licensing business and engineered the return of the Nokia brand to mobile phones.

    Rajeev has lived and worked in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe. He was a Commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission, Co-Chair of the digitalisation task force for the B20 and member of various digital and healthcare committees at the World Economic Forum. Rajeev was a member of the Chinese Premier’s Global CEO Council from 2014 to 2020, a recipient of China’s Marco Polo award; the highest honour awarded to an international business person from the Chinese government. Rajeev is an engineering graduate in Electronics and Communications and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Manipal University. 

  • Max Fowinkel
    Non-Executive Director

    Max joined Warburg Pincus in London in 2007 before moving to the Berlin office in 2019. Max is a Director on the board of Community Fibre, Infoniqa and MAX (fka Leumi Card). He was involved in Warburg Pincus’ investments in T-Mobile Netherlands, Diagnostic Excellence Network, IONOS by 1&1, McMakler, HYP, inexio, IPAN, Network International, Accelya, easycash, MACH, Evenex, Blue Yonder and United Internet.

    Prior to joining Warburg Pincus, he worked at McKinsey & Company. Max holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration from Technische Universität Berlin and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

  • Eric Hargrave
    Non-Executive Director

    Eric joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2009 and has two decades of principal investing, investment banking and accounting experience. He is responsible for origination, execution, and management of direct investments in the technology, media and telecom sectors across Europe.

    Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', Eric worked in investment banking at RBC Capital Markets, as well as the M&A advisory group at Ernst & Young. Earlier in his career, Eric also worked as a financial auditor at both Ernst & Young and BDO Dunwoody.

  • 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 the company was acquired in December 2019. General Kehler retired from the U.S. Air Force at the end of 2013 with over 38 years' 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 of the U.S. 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 and AerSale , Inc and until January 2021 was a Trustee of the Mitre Corporation. The governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia recently appointed him to the board of directors of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority.

  • Pascal Keutgens
    Non-Executive Director

    Pascal focuses on the healthcare and consumer sectors for Canada Pension Plan ('CPP'). He is also responsible for investments in France and the Benelux.

    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 region. Previously Pascal was a Partner at Doughty Hanson, where he spent 13 years focusing on midmarket buyouts across Europe. Pascal trained as an accountant at PWC.

  • Ashvin Malkani
    Non-Executive Director

    Ashvin leads the global Technology private equity group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. He has over 20 years of private equity investing experience. He currently serves on the board of directors of 24-7 Intouch, Compass Datacenters, Mitratech and Sovos Compliance.

  • 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 Sabena, Hapag-Lloyd, Malaysia Airlines and Aer Lingus where he repositioned the loss making company as a service airline to compete with low budget alternatives. 

    He is Chairman of Swissport, having acted as interim Chief Executive Officer immediately prior to his appointment as Chairman, and is also a Non-Executive Director of Westjet in Canada.

  • 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 is based in Berlin and is CoHead of Warburg Pincus’ European activities and Head of Warburg Pincus Deutschland GmbH. Serving as ViceChairman of 1&1 Ionos Holding SE, the leading European web hosting provider, René is actively involved in two major Warburg Pincus fund investments.

    In April 2020 René was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors at Airbus SE, where he previously served as a Non-Executive Board Director. He has also been a member of various company boards including E.On, Spotify and Telenor.

    Prior to joining Warburg Pincus as an investment partner in 2015, René was CEO of Ziggo BV in the Netherlands (2014) and prior to this he was CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG from 2006-2013. He joined the Group as Managing Director of T-Mobile Germany in 1998 and was promoted to run its mobile division T-Mobile International between 2002 and 2006. Between 2007 and 2013 he also served as Vice President of Bitkom, Germany’s IT industry association. René began his career whilst at the University of Münster in 1986 when he founded a distribution company for telecommunication services and equipment which was acquired by Hutchison Whampoa in 1991. He remained there as Managing Partner and served as its CEO between 1993 and 1998. Under his leadership the company became one of the first virtual mobile networkoperators in Germany

  • 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 Apax 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 private equity of 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.