Board of directors

Andrew Sukawaty

Chairman

Date of Appointment:
Chairman – January 2015
Executive Chairman – January 2012 to December 2014
Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – March 2004 to December 2011
Chairman – December 2003
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Telecoms Regulatory Committee and member of the Nominations Committee
Background and relevant experience: Andy was the Senior Independent Director of Sky PLC until his resignation in October 2018. He was previously Chairman of Ziggo N.V., Xyratex Technologies and Telenet and also Deputy Chairman of O2 PLC. He has also been an advisor to Apax Partners and Warburg Pincus. He has previously been Chief Executive Officer and President of Sprint PCS, a NYSE listed global national wireless carrier and Chief Executive Officer of NTL Limited. He has also held various management positions with US West and AT&T and been a Non-Executive director on various listed companies. Andy holds a BBA and MBA respectively from the University of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
External Appointments:
Chairman of Hg Capital USA

Rupert Pearce

Chief Executive Officer

Date of Appointment:
Executive Director – July 2011
Chief Executive Officer – January 2012
Background and relevant experience: Rupert has been Inmarsat’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2012. He joined Inmarsat in January 2005 and between then and 2011, he was General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprises. Previously, Rupert was a partner in Atlas Venture, a leading transatlantic venture capital investment boutique, specialising in the IT, communications and biotech sectors. Before Atlas Venture, he was also a partner at the international law firm Linklaters, specialising in corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and private equity transactions. Rupert received an MA (First Class) in Modern History from Oxford University and won the 1995 Fullbright Fellowship in U.S. 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’ (Wiley).
External Appointments: 
Member of the Board of Directors of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
Member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Initiative

Tony Bates

Chief Financial Officer

Date of Appointment: Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer June 2014
Background and relevant experience: Tony previously held the roles of Group CFO of Yell Group Plc (hibu Plc), Group CFO and then COO of Colt Group S.A and Group Finance Director at EMI plc. Tony holds a First Class Honours degree in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
External Appointments: None.

Simon Bax

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment: June 2013
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Remuneration Committee
Background and relevant experience: Simon Bax was, from 2008 to 2013, the Founder and CEO of Encompass Digital Media Inc, which provides technical services to broadcasters, cable networks and government agencies.  He previously served as CFO and Executive Vice President of Pixar Animation and CFO and President of Studio Operations of Fox Filmed Entertainment. Mr Bax holds an honours degree in History from Cambridge University and is a chartered accountant.
External Appointments:
Chairman of Archant Limited
Non-executive director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Channel 4

Sir Bryan Carsberg

Non Independent, Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment: June 2005
Committee Membership: Member of the Regulatory Telecoms Committee
Background and relevant experience: Sir Bryan is a Chartered Accountant.  He served 8 years as Director General of the Telecommunications (head of Oftel), and then served as Director General of Fair Trading and Secretary General of the International Accounting Standards Board.   He was previously Chairman of the Council of Loughborough University, a non-executive director of Cable and Wireless Communications plc and RM plc; and a non-executive Chairman of MLL Telecom Limited.  He was knighted in January 1989. Sir Bryan is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries and holds an MSc (Econ) from the London University of London.
External Appointments:
Non-executive director of Actual Experience plc.

Tracy Clarke

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment: 1 February 2019.
Committee membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee
Background and experience: Tracy has over 30 years’ experience in a range of international roles at Standard Chartered Bank PLC, and is currently Regional CEO, Europe and Americas and CEO, Private Bank. Her previous senior roles at Standard Chartered Bank include Group Head Corporate Affairs, Group Head Human Resources, and Director, Legal and Compliance. Tracy has previously held Non-Executive Director positions at Sky plc and eaga plc.
External appointments:
Board member at TheCityUK and Non-Executive Director at England Netball

Warren Finegold

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment: August 2017
Committee Membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Audit Committee
Relevant background and experience: Warren was a member of the Vodafone Group Executive Committee for over 10 years, and for most of that time he was Group Strategy and Business Development Director. Before that, Warren was a Managing Director of UBS Investment Bank where he was Head of the Technology Team in Europe; previously he was an Executive Director at Goldman Sachs International in New York and London focusing on mergers and acquisitions and raising capital.
Warren holds an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from London Business School.
External Appointments:
Senior Independent Director of Avast plc

General C. Robert Kehler

Independent Non-Executive director

Date of Appointment: May 2014
Committee Membership: Member of the Remuneration Committee and Member of the Nominations Committee
Background and relevant experience: General Kehler retired from the US Air Force in January 2014 with over 38 years of service. He oversaw a global network of satellite command and control, communications, missile warning and launch facilities, and ensured the combat readiness of America’s intercontinental ballistic missile force. Over his career, he served in a variety of important operational and staff assignments, and successfully led large organisations with global responsibilities.
External Appointments:
Non-executive director of MAXAR Technologies
Trustee of the Mitre Corporation
Director of Monocle Acquisition Corporation
Acts as Special Advisors to two US organisations

Phillipa McCrostie

Independent Non-Executive director

Date of Appointment: September 2016
Committee Membership: Member of the Audit Committee and Member of the Remuneration Committee
Background and relevant experience: Phillipa (‘Pip’) was a member of EY’s Global Executive Board for eight years until her retirement in June 2016. Pip was also Global Head of Corporate Finance. She transformed Corporate Finance into a business with revenues exceeding $3bn during the global recession. Her responsibilities included P&L, strategy, investment, people development and risk. Pip led the acquisition and integration of Parthenon, a global strategy consulting business. Pip has deep experience of international M&A and tax and is a qualified lawyer.
External Appointments:
Non-Executive director and member of the Nomination Committee and Audit Committee of Marks and Spencer Group plc;
Member of the Board of Peterson Institute of International Economics and Chair of its Audit Committee;
Senior advisor to EY’s Global Executive and a regular contributor on business issues to CNBC, CNN, Bloomberg and Reuters.

Ambassador Janice Obuchowski

Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment: May 2009
Committee Membership: Member of the Audit Committee
Background and relevant experience: Janice held several senior positions both in the US government and in the private sector.  She was formerly Head of Delegation and US Ambassador to the World Radiocommunication Conference, Assistant Secretary for National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the US Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Earlier in her career she also led international government affairs for NYNEX (now Verizon) and practiced private sector antitrust law.
External Appointments:
President of Freedom Technologies Inc.
Non-Executive director of CSG Systems, Inc.

Dr Abraham Peled

Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

Date of Appointment: June 2013
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Background and relevant experience: Abe was Chief Executive Officer of NDS Group plc from 1995 to 2012, a digital pay-TV technology company, and served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 to 2012.   He was Senior Vice President of Cisco from August 2012 to January 2014 and has previous senior management experience with IBM and Elron. Abe has a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering and a PhD in Digital Signal Processing. In March 2013, Dr. Peled is a Life Fellow of IEEE, and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by Digital TV Europe.
External Appointments:
Partner of CyberCloud Ventures.
Senior advisor on technology businesses to Permira.
Chairman of TeamViewer GmbH
Chairman of Synamedia Ltd.

Robert Ruijter

Independent Non-Executive director

Date of Appointment: February 2015
Committee Membership: Chairman of the Audit Committee
Background and relevant experience: Rob served as Chief Financial Officer of VNU N.V., a publicly listed marketing and publishing company (now the Nielsen company) between 2004 and 2007.  He previously served as the Chief Finance Officer of KLM Royal Dutch Airlines from 2001 until its merger with Air France in 2004, and as Chief Finance Officer of ASM International N.V. a publicly listed manufacturer of electronic components. Rob is a Certified Public Accountant in the United States and in The Netherlands and a member of the ACT in the UK.
External Appointments:
Member of the Supervisory Board and chair of the audit Committee at Wavin N.V.
Non-Executive Director and chair of the audit committee at Interxion N.V. (NYSE)
Member of the Supervisory Board of NN Group N.V.
Member of the Continuity Foundation of ASMI NV

Dr Hamadoun Touré

Independent Non-Executive director

Date of Appointment: March 2015
Committee Membership: Member of the Nominations and Telecoms Regulatory Committee
Background and relevant experience: Hamadoun was Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the specialised information and communication technologies agency of the United Nations from 2007 to 2014.   He was a member of the UN Chief Executive Board (CEB) and served as Chairman of the UN ICT Network.  He was the founding member of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and served as co-vice chair until his retirement from ITU.  He was a member of the Advisory Board of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) until Dec 2014. He has also had a distinguished career in the satellite industry. Hamadoun holds a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Telecommunications Institute of St-Petersburg (Russian Federation) and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Informatics and Telecoms of Moscow (Russian Federation).
External Appointments:
Executive Director Smart Africa
Member of Board: Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa (SDGC-A) by the United Nations
Non-executive Board Member, TELKOM South Africa
Chairman PMP on Cyber Security and Cyber Peace

Alison Horrocks

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary

Date of Appointment: February 1999
Background and relevant experience:Alison joined Inmarsat in 1999 and provides risk, compliance and corporate governance advice. She acts as Company Secretary to the Board and its Committees. She is a member of the Executive Management Board and Chairman of the Trustee Company responsible for the Inmarsat UK pension plans. Alison has responsibility for operations in India and China and manages the corporate marketing team. She was Group Company Secretary of International Public Relations plc, a worldwide public relations company, for 11 years prior to joining Inmarsat. Alison is a Fellow of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.