SES to open two business units

Accelerates its market approach with SES Video and SES Networks
Ferdinand Kayser
Ferdinand Kayser


SES, a communications satellite operator, has announced that its board of directors has approved a restructuring of SES’s go-to-market organisation model with the creation of two business units, SES Video and SES Networks, focusing on the video- and data-centric segments in which the company operates.

The new organisation, which will be implemented during the course of 2017, will gather all go-to-market capabilities and allow SES to deliver satellite-enabled communication solutions to its clients in the respective video and data-centric segments. SES Networks comprises the enterprise, mobility, and government segments and integrates O3b networks.

Ferdinand Kayser, currently the chief commercial officer of SES, is appointed chief executive officer of SES Video; Steve Collar, currently the chief executive officer of O3b Networks, is appointed chief executive officer of SES Networks. Both will report to Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and chief executive officer of SES.

The executive committee of SES also has Padraig McCarthy as the chief financial officer; Christophe De Hauwer, chief strategy and development officer; Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer; Evie Roos, chief human resources officer; and John Purvis, chief legal officer.

“This new market facing structure will enable SES to accelerate the execution of its market centric strategy and concentrate its differentiated capabilities within each community to best serve its customers globally,” said Romain Bausch, chairman of the SES board of directors.

“Scaling up its essential capabilities, SES demonstrates strategic determination and foresight, bringing the best of SES to each and every client we serve around the world. The new operating model will allow SES to fully leverage the capabilities of its affiliates, MX1 and O3b, in which we have recently made significant investments, and make them a key enabler of our video and data-centric businesses, respectively. With Ferdinand and Steve, we have two of the most trusted and experienced leaders at the helm of the respective business units."

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