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ESOA congratulates Rupert Pearce, new Chair of ESOA

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15 June 2015

The EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) announced today that Rupert Pearce, Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat PLC, has been elected as its new Chair.

A British citizen, Pearce has been the CEO of the leading global mobile satellite operator Inmarsat since 2012. He began his career with Inmarsat in 2005 as Group General Counsel, stepping up to Senior Vice President of Inmarsat Enterprises in 2009. Before joining Inmarsat, Pearce was a partner at the leading transatlantic venture capital group, Atlas Venture, focusing on investment in early-stage, high-growth businesses in the IT, telecoms and life sciences sectors. Pearce started his career in the legal profession, becoming a partner in the international law firm, Linklaters, where he focused predominantly on corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions. Pearce received an MA in Modern History from Oxford University and won the 1995 Fullbright Fellowship in US securities law, studying at the Georgetown Law Center. He has been a visiting fellow of the Imperial College Business School, London, lecturing on the school's Entrepreneurship programme, and is the co-author of 'Raising Venture Capital'.

On his election, Pearce stated: "It is an honour to serve as Chairman of ESOA for the next two years and I am looking forward to working with the Chief Executives of ESOA's member companies to build upon the successes of my predecessor. The satellite sector today creates more than 900 000 jobs worldwide and the value of satellite operators and the consumer services they provide represent two thirds of the entire space economy, estimated at $250 billion. It is both an exciting and challenging time for the satellite industry as we work together with policy makers across the globe to shape the way we communicate for many years to come".

Rupert Pearce succeeds Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat Communications, who has served as ESOA Chair since 2013.

About ESOA:
ESOA is a Brussels-based trade association whose membership brings together all European, Middle-East and African satellite operators and supporting members including service providers, manufacturers and launch service providers. Set up in 2002, the association's mission is to provide a unified voice and a platform for collaboration for satellite operators to ensure the continued success of the sector and to broaden the opportunities for policy makers to leverage satellite services to fulfil their objectives.

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▶︎ ESOA - press release - new Chairman.pdf

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