The international satellite industry has confirmed executives to serve on the Global VSAT Forum (GVF) Board of Directors to lead the association as it continues to build greater awareness and use of the applications, services, and technological advantages provided by satellite-based solutions.
The election results come as GVF is already into its third decade of operation. In 1997, leading organizations in the satellite communications industry launched the GVF, a non-profit, international association to represent the interests of the satellite industry and aid in the promotion of satellite technology and services. Since then, GVF has become the unified voice of the global satellite communications industry with member organizations from every major region of the world. The broad-based membership represents every sector of the satellite industry, including fixed and mobile satellite operators, satellite network operators, teleports, satellite earth station manufacturers, system integrators, value added and enhanced service providers, telecom carriers, and users, together with, more recently Earth observation companies.
Elected to the GVF Board for a two-year term of office are Yasir Hassan, Director of Transmission Operations, ARABSAT; Arunas Slekys, Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Hughes Network Systems; Paul Deedman, Director, Spectrum Regulation, Inmarsat; Nick Dowsett, Director, IntelsatOne Enterprise Solutions, Intelsat; and Keith Johnson, COO & EVP of Energy at SpeedCast.
"The satellite industry can be proud of its extraordinary achievements of the past two decades," said David Meltzer, Secretary General of GVF. "Having only recently taken up the leadership of the GVF Secretariat, it gives me great pleasure to work with an excellent group of industry executives who possess a wealth of experience and knowledge from a diverse group of companies."