Yahsat adds four Emirati executives to its leadership team

Yahsat adds four Emirati executives to its leadership team

20 December 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Satellite communications operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) has appointed four new Emirati executives to its company.

“These appointments demonstrate Yahsat’s commitment to diversifying the UAE’s knowledge-based economy by unlocking Emirati potential,” said Khaled Al Qubaisi, Yahsat’s chairman and Mubadala Aerospace, Renewable & ICT’s CEO. “The appointments bring Emirati talent into c-suite positions leading government, commercial, operational, technical, and engineering business units. We’re proud to bring together the brightest Emirati and regional minds to help grow the ICT sector and support Yahsat’s efforts globally to advance the world we live in through innovative satellite technology.”

Working across Yahsat’s government, commercial, operational and technical business unit, the newly named executives will assume their roles as of January 2020. They are:

  • Sulaiman Al-Ali, deputy chief executive officer of Thuraya (top left)
  • Eisa Al Shamsi, deputy general manager of Yahsat Government Solutions (top right)
  • Khalid Al Kaf, deputy chief operations officer of Yahsat (bottom left)
  • Adnan AlMuhairi, deputy chief technical officer of Yahsat (bottom right)

The news also feeds into the company’s long-term strategy to unlocking human potential and strengthening its innovative satellite business globally, reinforcing the UAE’s vision to be at the forefront of the industry.

“Together, our four new leaders bring with them over 65 years of experience within the industry and stand as a testament to the unique working culture and passion at Yahsat — one that’s strictly committed to the consistent development of its people and to the development of the UAE space sector,” added Masood M. Sharif Mahmood, CEO of Yahsat. “The four individuals have risen through the ranks and grown into these executive positions while displaying an endless drive to pursue excellence both at home and abroad, through training and development. They will play a huge role in developing the next line of Emirati talent and inspiring the next set of leaders in the industry.”