Board of directors

Andrew Sukawaty

Non-executive 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 Pearce joined the board of Inmarsat plc as an executive director in July 2011 and became our Chief Executive Officer in January 2012. Rupert joined Inmarsat in January 2005 as Group General Counsel and, between 2009 and 2011, additionally held the position of Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprises. Previously, he worked for Atlas Venture, a venture capital company, where he was a partner working with the firm’s European and US investment teams on investment, mergers and acquisitions, divestment and corporate finance transactions and was a member of the firm’s investment and exit committees. He was previously a partner at the international law firm Linklaters, where he spent 13 years specialising in corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions. He received an MA (First Class) in modern history from Oxford University and won the 1995 Fulbright 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. He is the co-author of the book ‘Raising Venture Capital’.
External Appointments: 
Board member (and former Chairman) of the satellite industry trade body, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development
Board member of techUK
Member of the Steering Committee of the Smart Africa Initiative

Tony Bates

Chief Financial Officer

Date of Appointment: June 2014
Background and relevant experience: Tony’s prior experience includes holding the roles of Group CFO of Yell Group Plc (hibu Plc), Group CFO and then Chief Operating Officer 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
Background and relevant experience: Simon Bax was, from 2008 to 2013, 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 honors degree in History from Cambridge University and is a chartered accountant.
External Appointments:
Chairman of WiSpire Limited.
Chairman of Archant Limited.
Director of Archant Employee Brenefit Trustee Company Limited.
Non-executive director of SVG Capital Plc.
Director of the British Bobsleigh and Skeleton Association.
Member of the Gonville and Caius Development Campaign Board.
Member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.
Member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

Sir Bryan Carsberg

Non-independent Non-executive Director

Date of Appointment: June 2005
Committee Membership: On invitation by the respective Chairman of the Committee, Sir Bryan may attend the Audit and Remuneration committee meetings
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, 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.

Warren Finegold

Independent Non-executive Director

Date of Appointment: August 2017
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. In June 2018 Warren stepped down as a member of the Supervisory Board of VodafoneZiggo Group Holding BV and also as Non Executive director of UBM plc following its acquisition.
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:
Member of the Supervisory Board of Avast Holdings NV
Member of the Advisory Board of Curation Corp

General C. Robert Kehler (Rtd)

Independent Non-executive Director

Date of Appointment: May 2014
Committee Membership: Member of the Remuneration 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:
Trustee of the Mitre Corporation.
Member of the Advisory Board for Outreach and Online Education of the Pennsylvania State University.
Senior advisor to McKinsey and Company.
Special advisor to Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Pip McCrostie

Independent Non-executive Director

Date of Appointment: September 2016
Background and relevant experience: Pip was the global leader of Corporate Finance, one of EY’s four global businesses, for eight years until her retirement. She was a member of EY’s Global Executive team, the organisation’s highest management body until 30 June 2016. Pip joined Ernst & Young in 1987,  became a senior partner in their UK practice and played key roles in major transactions in the U.S. and Europe. Pip was the founder of the Global Transaction Tax network and co-founded the U.K. Transaction Tax group. She is a regular contributor on business issues to CNBC,, WSJ, Bloomberg and Reuters. Pip is a qualified lawyer and practiced for several years in New Zealand, where she also gained an accountancy degree.

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 Radiocommunications Conference, Assistant Secretary for Communications and information at the Department of Commerce and Senior Advisor to the Chairman at the Federal Communications Commission in the US. Earlier in her career she also led international government affairs for NYNEX (now Verizon).
External Appointments:
President of Freedom Technologies Inc.
Non-Executive director of Orbital ATK.
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 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.
Member of the Operating Committee of Metalogix Inc.

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 of Wavin N.V.
Member of the Supervisory Board of Ziggo N.V.
Non-Executive Director of Interxion N.V. (NYSE).
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Delta Lloyd N.V.

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 agency of the United Nations dedicated to information and communication technologies from 2007 to 2014. As such he was 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. In October 2015 Hamadoun was appointed as Founding Executive Director of SMART Africa Alliance. He was 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:
Founding Executive Director of SMART Africa Alliance since October 2015.
Founder of 7Star Holding.

Alison Horrocks

Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and Company Secretary

Date of Appointment: February 1999
Committee Membership: Member of the Nominations and Telecoms Regulatory Committee
Background and relevant experience: Alison joined Inmarsat in 1999 and provides corporate governance advice and 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 is a Fellow of the Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. She was Group Company Secretary of International Public Relations plc, a worldwide public relations company, for 11 years prior to joining Inmarsat.
External Appointments: None