North American market to fly with new appointment

Sam Matar

24 September 2015: Inmarsat has announced the appointment of Sam Matar as Director of Airline Market Development, with responsibility for expanding the company’s airline customer base and revenues in the strategically important North America market.

Sam has 20 years of business development experience in the global aviation industry.

He most recently served at leading avionics and aerospace product companies B/E Aerospace-LIS (formerly EMTEQ Wisconsin) and ECS (now Carlisle Interconnect Technologies), working with airlines, system integrators and OEMs on the key areas of satellite communications, inflight entertainment, connectivity and the passenger interiors cabin experience.

Extremely valuable

Sam, who is fluent in English and French, holds a BBA degree from American University of Beirut and a MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. He will be based in Chicago and report to Neal Meehan, Inmarsat Aviation’s VP Business Development – Americas.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Inmarsat has a number of ambitious technology developments in the pipeline that will transform airline operations, including our ground-breaking Global Xpress high-speed broadband offering.

“Sam’s impressive wealth of experience will be extremely valuable in strengthening our market position in North America and we are delighted to welcome him to our fast growing aviation business unit.”