Inmarsat announces new Chief Technology Officer

Inmarsat confirms that Michele Franci has been appointed as its Chief Technology Officer.

Franci joined Inmarsat in August 2012 as VP GX Commercial, with responsibility for the execution of the Company’s GX programme, bringing it to its commercial launch.

He took the lead on programme management aspects of the project, including oversight of the master schedule for the space segment, ground segment, distribution development and market access.

Franci worked at SES from 2006 to 2012. As SVP for Space Segment Planning and Procurement he was part of the Engineering management committee.

Prior to that, he worked at Arianespace. Initially responsible for mission management, he was later appointed VP, Business Development. Between 2000 and 2005 Franci was a member of Arianespace’s Board of Directors. Before that, Franci spent five years with Fokker Space, in the Netherlands.

Franci heads up Inmarsat’s Development & Engineering division, which has responsibility for a range of activities including space segment development, product and service innovation; network engineering and development; and space segment and frequency acquisition and coordination.