Several space and satellite communications companies this month added to their leadership teams, including SES Government Solutions, Rivada Space Networks and Kayhan Space.
SES expands leadership team
SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a Reston, Va.-based subsidiary of telecommunications company SES (EPA:SESG), announced new appointments to the company’s reorganized leadership team on the heels of its August acquisition of satellite communications provider DRS Global Enterprise Solutions.
Scott Galus has been named senior vice president of operations, after holding several titles at SES GS since 2020, most recently chief financial officer. Galus previously served as commercial manager at SES Satellites from 2019-2020.
Nitin Bhat joins the company as senior vice president of engineering after previously serving as vice president, engineering and technical operations at DRS Technologies.
Luz Martinez has been named senior vice president of finance. Martinez previously served as chief financial officer and vice president of business operations at DRS Technologies.
Rivada attracts ex-LeoSat execs
Rivada Space Networks, a subsidiary of public safety network provider Rivada Networks, announced several additions to its leadership team.
Mark Rigolle, co-founder of satellite operator Kacific, joins Rivada as chief operating officer and acting chief financial officer. He previously held leadership roles at several satcom and aerospace companies, along with his most recent post as chief financial officer at Luxembourg-based airline Luxair.
Rigolle also served as CEO of satellite operator LeoSat Enterprises from 2015-2019.
Diederik Kelder has been named chief strategy officer. He previously served as chief strategy officer at LeoSat from 2015-2019.
Ann Vandenbroucke joins the company as chief regulatory officer. She also serves as managing director of software architecture and design consulting company ASAT Consulting.
Prior to joining Rivada, Vandenbroucke was director at London-based consulting firm AVEDEBE. She also held several leadership roles at satellite communications provider Inmarsat from 2000-2017.
“The recent appointments to our leadership team fuel the growth of Rivada Space Networks,” Chief Executive Severin Meister told Connectivity Business News. “Ann, Mark and Diederik add decades of experience in senior roles across the industry to our board.”
The company plans to launch 600 satellites between 2024-2028.
Kayhan Space names Sonty as strategic advisor
Space traffic management company Kayhan Space has appointed space policy expert Sita Sonty as its strategic advisor.
Sonty also serves as partner and associate director at Boston Consulting Group. She previously led SpaceX’s human spaceflight program, finalizing the first private sales on a Crew Dragon mission to low Earth orbit and the International Space Station, according to a release.
“Sita is a proven leader who understands the complex nature of the global space industry,” Siamak Hesar, co-founder and chief executive of Kayhan, told Connectivity Business News. “We believe that Sita’s extensive background in global market strategy, space policy, and international affairs will help us achieve global leadership in space traffic management in record time.”
The Boulder, Colo.-based company this month also announced a partnership with space tech startup Precious Payload to increase spaceflight safety with Kayhan’s Pathfinder collision avoidance and conjunction assessment software.
Maxar begins search for CFO
Satellite manufacturer and Earth observation provider Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR/TSX: MAXR) announced that Biggs Porter, the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), plans to retire next year. He will remain in a consulting role through March 2024 to help the new CFO transition, according to a release.
Porter has been with Maxar since 2018, leading the completion of an equity offering, monetizing assets, and a recent refinancing of debt, according to the release.
The Westminster, Colo.-based company is currently seeking a successor.
SpaceFounders France gets new CEO
Lucie Campagnolo announced that she is CEO at consulting firm SpaceFounders France, a space startup accelerator, according to LinkedIn.
Campagnolo previously served as program director at the company since 2021. She also founded space-focused Apollo Moment Consulting in 2021 and served as its chief executive until August. In addition, Campagnolo held several positions including downstream space application coordinator at MEDES Institute for Space Medicine and Physiology.
“Looking forward to supporting the founders who are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in technology, to the stars and beyond,” Campagnolo said in a social media post.