Jason Smith joins Inmarsat as COO

Jason Smith joins Inmarsat as COO

Global mobile satellite communications services provider Inmarsat has appointed Jason Smith as chief operations officer (COO), replacing Ruy Pinto who is leaving to “pursue new interests”.

Jason Smith

Smith joins Inmarsat from Rolls-Royce, where he was most recently president of the group’s nuclear business. He also held the roles of COO for the nuclear business, and president of the company’s submarine business.

“The wealth of experience Jason brings will make a vital contribution to Inmarsat’s success at an exciting juncture in the transformation of the company,” said Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat.

“Jason’s appointment underlines our commitment to accelerating the development of new capabilities at Inmarsat; ensuring that our customers and partners have access to the most advanced, efficient and effective high-speed connectivity solutions on land, sea and air.”

Before joining Rolls-Royce, Smith spent nine years at the UK’s AWE and began his career with British Nuclear Fuels.

Commenting on his appointment, Smith added: “Digital disruption is redefining industries. To succeed in this rapidly changing world, we need to anticipate the demands of our customers and ensure we operate in a way that best serves their needs. We want to further enhance the way we work, to make Inmarsat an even easier company with which to collaborate and to share knowledge and innovation with our key partners. I am excited by the opportunity to lead this global operations team and in playing a part in ensuring that Inmarsat continues to be a strong, growing business.”

Inmarsat appointed Pip McCrostie as a non-exec director earlier this year.

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