Dr. Hamadoun Touré to join in March 2015
29 January 2015: Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L) today announced that Dr. Hamadoun Touré will join the Board on 1 March 2015 as a non-executive director.
Dr. Touré was Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialised agency of the United Nations dedicated to the information and communication technologies from 2007 to 2014. Since 2007, he has worked to fulfil the ITU’s mandate to ‘connect the world’ and help achieve the Millennium Development Goals. He actively promoted the ITU Connect series of events, with the first one, Connect Africa, being held in Kigali, Rwanda, in 2007. Connect Africa raised US$55 billion in investment pledges to improve Africa’s telecommunications infrastructure over seven years.
Dr. Touré was the founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development which was launched in May 2010 by the ITU and UNESCO and he served as co-vice chair until his retirement from the ITU. Dr. Touré was Director of the ITU’s Telecommunication Development Bureau (TDB) from 1998 to 2006 when he championed the Right to Communicate. During his tenure as Director of TDB he actively participated in the preparation of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) and created the Global Symposium for Regulators (GSR). Prior to joining the ITU he had a distinguished career in the satellite industry. Dr. Touré is also on the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) International Advisory Board which was the ITU’s Cybersecurity Executing Arm. Dr Touré was an active member of the UN Chief Executive Board where he consistently raised awareness of cyber threats and the need for international cooperation to tackle them.
Andrew Sukawaty, Inmarsat’s Chairman said; “It gives me great pleasure on behalf of the Inmarsat plc Board to welcome Hamadoun Touré to our Board. His experience as a recently retired Secretary General of the ITU will provide great insight to our Board and bring added diversity to our discussions. His extensive understanding of communication technology and his previous experience of satellite operations combine to give us a rich knowledge which we will make great use of.”
Dr. Touré will become a member of the Nominations Committee.
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Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE:ISAT.L).
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