The board of the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) today elected Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat, as its new Chairman of the Board. Dave McGlade, CEO of Intelsat, was re-elected first Vice-Chairman and Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, was elected second Vice-Chairman.
Michel de Rosen succeeds Cato Halsaa, former CEO of Telenor, as Chairman of ESOA. In thanking Cato he said: "During the last year, under Cato's leadership, ESOA has been shaping the Brussels debate around spectrum. The goal is to ensure recognition of the role of satellites by demonstrating our sector's heavy use of radio frequencies and by promoting an honest debate about what spectrum is actually required for what services. In 2013, the European Commission is taking concrete steps to facilitate the roll-out of satellite broadband in support of the Digital Agenda 2013 target of broadband for all. This is important work for European citizens and for the future sustainability of our sector. I am very proud to take on the responsibility of driving ESOA's ambitions forward in the coming years."