Luxembourg-based satellite operator, SES, has appointed Christophe De Hauwer as chief development officer (CDO) and member of the company’s executive committee, effective 1 August 2015.
Christophe De Hauwer will succeed Gerson Souto, the company’s current CDO, who has decided to step down for personal reasons and relocate to Brazil, his home country.
Gerson will continue to advise SES and work with the executive committee on development projects in Latin America and elsewhere.
De Hauwer will officially take up the position of CDO on 1 August 2015. He has been with the company for over 10 years, holding several positions of responsibility in the areas of strategic marketing, strategic and business planning and corporate development.
In his current role of senior VP, fleet development and yield management, De Hauwer oversees the overall optimisation of the entire SES satellite fleet and its future development.
De Hauwer also played an instrumental role in the acquisition of New Skies (2005), the GE share redemption (2007) and the investment in O3b Networks (2009).
Since 2010, he has served as a board member of O3b Networks. Prior to joining SES, De Hauwer was a consultant, first at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and later at Deloitte & Touche.
De Hauwer is a Belgian national and holds an Engineering Degree and a PhD in engineering from the University of Brussels in Belgium.
Gerson Souto has been with SES for more than 16 years and has been an executive committee member and CDO since 2011.
Previously, he was a member of the management committee of SES New Skies and later of SES World Skies.
Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES, stated: "We respect and understand Gerson’s decision and are pleased that he has agreed to continue to support SES in a strategic advisory role.
“In appointing Christophe De Hauwer, the board of directors and the executive committee have ensured a strong succession and a flawless transition. Christophe’s deep knowledge of the industry and of SES, as well as his management skills, will help us to further deliver on our growth potential.”