SES shakes up leadership line-up
As competition in the satellite space continues to heat up, SES has added a new position to its leadership team to replace the role of SES Networks CEO.
The shakeup means that John-Paul Hemingway – who also goes by JP – has been appointed as the firm's first chief strategy and product officer, essentially responsible for turning words into actions. As SES put it, Hemingway is "charged with translating SES's corporate vision into strategic action for the company's networks and video markets – including its target applications, strategic partnerships, portfolio of solutions, and the space and network assets required to deliver them".
“The pace of innovation and change is unprecedented in our space and having been a leader in the industry for over 35 years, we are putting in place the vision and focus to ensure that we will lead for the next 35,” said Steve Collar, CEO of SES.
“2022 is a pivotal year for SES as we launch the infrastructure that will grow and develop our business for the next decade. JP at the helm of our growth strategy and as a partner to our sales teams will be an integral part of our success.”
Sales teams will now report to Collar.
Hemingway joined SES through its acquisition of O3b Networks, where he was CMO. As Capacity has reported, SES's O3b mPower satellites should be in service by the middle of this year , with earth stations collocated with Microsoft Azure data centres.
Elaborating on the corporate strategy Hemingway will execute, SES said the newly-created role brings together the corporate strategy, product, commercial operations, fleet development, innovation and marketing and communications teams, "and is part of SES’s drive to be the most customer-centric, product-led organisation in the industry".
With its new leadership line-up, SES said the resulting organisation is "flatter, leaner and more customer oriented".