Inmarsat has announced the appointment of Sam Matar as Director of Airline Market Development, with responsibility for expanding the company’s airline customer base and revenues in the strategically important North America market.

Sam has 20 years of business development experience in the global aviation industry. He most recently served at leading avionics and aerospace product companies B/E Aerospace-LIS (formerly EMTEQ Wisconsin) and ECS (now Carlisle Interconnect Technologies), working with airlines, system integrators and OEMs on the key areas of satellite communications, inflight entertainment, connectivity and the passenger interiors cabin experience.

Sam, who is fluent in English and French, holds a BBA degree from American University of Beirut and a MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin. He will be based in Chicago and report to Neal Meehan, Inmarsat Aviation’s VP Business Development – Americas.

Leo Mondale, President of Inmarsat Aviation, said: “Inmarsat has a number of ambitious technology developments in the pipeline that will transform airline operations, including our ground-breaking Global Xpress high-speed broadband offering. Sam’s impressive wealth of experience will be extremely valuable in strengthening our market position in North America and we are delighted to welcome him to our fast growing aviation business unit.”

For further information
Jonathan Sinnatt
Director of Corporate Communications
+44 (0)20 7728 1935

Robeel Haq
PR Manager, Aviation
+44 (0)20 7728 1352

About Inmarsat
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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