Eutelsat confirms executive committee as it seals Broadpeak deal

03 July 2019 | Jason McGee-Abe

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Eutelsat Communications has confirmed several changes to its executive committee and has invested in CDN supplier Broadpeak.

These changes, which came into effective on Monday as part of a generational renewal of its management body, include a new chief commercial officer, a head of the deployment department, director of development, and the deputy chief executive officer remains in their position.

Philippe Oliva

Philippe Oliva (pictured), previously executive vice president of sales and products, has succeeded Michel Azibert as chief commercial officer. In this role, he will be responsible for defining and supervising the commercial policy, as well as generating revenue for the Group.

Oliva began his career as a consultant at CIMAD, before joining IBM in 1999, where he held several senior positions. These included head of Business Services France, then vice president of the services offered by the Technological Infrastructure Department. He also coordinated the launch of the cloud business and hybrid cloud services in France, then in the US, where he spent several years. He held the position of VP in charge of strategic accounts at IBM before joining Eutelsat in September last year.

Jean-Hubert Lenotte

Lenotte, formerly director of strategy and strategic marketing, has taken charge of the deployment department and is responsible for Eutelsat’s satellite fleet, frequency management and resource planning. This newly revamped department will now be known as the strategy and resources department. Lenotte joined Eutelsat in 2013 having held roles at Bouygues Group and McKinsey.

Michel Azibert & Jacques Dutronc 

Azibert retains the deputy chief executive officer role and will participate in all matters of importance to the Group. Dutronc, who was previously director of deployment, has become director of development, co-ordinating Group-wide business development projects.

Michel Azibert, Jacques Dutronc, Jean-Hubert Lenotte and Philippe Oliva will report to Rodolphe Belmer, Group chief executive officer, alongside the other members of the executive committee: Yohann Leroy, Julie Burguburu, Antoine Mingalon and Sandrine Téran.

Former Alcatel man Gary Donnan was named back in October 2018 as Eutelsat's new chief innovation officer (CIO) and also reports directly into Belmer.

Eutelsat invests in CDN supplier Broadpeak

Eutelsat has today announced a circa 20% investment in Broadpeak, a video content delivery solutions player. Broadpeak is a supplier of content delivery network (CDN) technologies optimising the delivery of video content over terrestrial and satellite networks to provide end-users with best-in-class viewing quality on all their devices.

Eutelsat's investment in Broadpeak is a further step in its strategy to integrate satellite into the IP ecosystem, following the launch in September 2018 of Eutelsat CIRRUS, its hybrid satellite-OTT solution giving satellite TV channels and operators the ability to offer a flexible and homogeneous multi-screen consumer experience.

“We are delighted to partner with Broadpeak with whom we have been working since 2015. This association with a recognised and innovative leader in video content delivery solutions will enable us to expand our offer in this area,” said Jean-Hubert Lenotte, chief strategy and resources Officer at Eutelsat.

“Following the launch of Eutelsat CIRRUS last September, this investment reflects our strategy to accelerate the integration of IP and satellite technologies by expanding the portfolio of technological solutions available to our broadcast customers to distribute content to viewers across multiple channels.”

Eutelsat and Broadpeak say that they will “pool their technological resources to expand their respective portfolios of services for telecom operators, media groups and content owners by offering them turnkey video delivery solutions enabling them to respond to the rising demand for video content on all networks”. They will also work together on projects aimed at integrating satellite technology into the 5G generation of mobile networks.

Jacques Le Mancq, co-founder and chairman, explained that this operation is a new chapter in Broadpeak’s development: "This investment by Eutelsat will enable us to strengthen our team and finance the strong growth of our business. We are very excited to develop our partnership with Eutelsat, with whom we will build next-generation services to deliver, optimise and monetize high-quality video experiences for end-users, whether at home or on the move.”