The EMEA Satellite Operator’s Association (ESOA) today announced that Inmarsat’s CEO, Rajeev Suri, has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the ESOA Board of Directors. He joins ESOA Chair, Steve Spengler, CEO of Intelsat, and fellow ESOA Vice-Chair, Kyle Whitehill, CEO of Avanti Communications, at the helm of the satellite industry association.


“I am honoured to join the EMEA Satellite Operator’s Association (ESOA) as a Vice Chair at this pivotal time for the future of our industry,” said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat. “In a world where connectivity is ever-more essential for consumers, businesses and governments alike, I look forward to contributing to the great work of the Association and playing my part to ensure that our industry steps up to the challenges and opportunities as a key enabler of the digital world. Companies across the sector are making amazing strides but we need to do more and show the world the power of our collective contribution.”


Rajeev Suri, formerly CEO of Nokia, was appointed CEO of Inmarsat in March 2021. In the six-months since his appointment, he has sharply accelerated decision making, refreshed the company strategy, returned the business to strong growth and strengthened operational efficiency. He has also launched two major technology initiatives – ORCHESTRA and ELERA – focused on Inmarsat’s global mobility customer base. ORCHESTRA is a first-of-its-kind network that will seamlessly integrate GEO, LEO and terrestrial 5G into one harmonious solution. ELERA, which is ideally suited for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, builds on the company’s leadership in L-band satellite services with breakthrough technologies.