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O3b Networks Limited develops satellite-based Internet backbone infrastructure solutions for fixed line and mobile operators, and Internet service operators. It offers solutions for mobile backhaul and mobile IP trunking services.
The company was founded in 2008 and is based in St. John, the Channel Islands. It has a subsidiary in Englewood, Colorado.
Steve Collar is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of O3b Networks.
Prior to this appointment, Mr. Collar was Senior Vice President Market Development at SES WORLD SKIES, Steve Collar led the division’s efforts to expand its satellite, and service portfolio, including the design of new spacecraft and products. In addition, he oversaw the company’s long-range strategic planning activities. He was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions and was responsible for SES’ acquisition of ProtoStar 2 among other things.
Mr Collar was intimately involved in SES’ investment in O3b Networks; he was on the Board of Directors for the company and now serves as CEO. Mr Collar originally joined New Skies Satellites (now SES WORLD SKIES) in 1999.
Martin Halliwell, born on 20 April 1959, appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, of the newly created SES Engineering S.A. as of 01 January 2008.
He is responsible for all engineering activities within SES in particular, satellite procurement and operations along with the associated ground infrastructure. SES Engineering has 360 employees, operates 43 satellites and has 12 more under construction.
Prior to this assignment, Martin Halliwell held the position of SVP and Chief Technology Officer at SES ASTRA S.A. where he was responsible for all engineering and operation activities within SES ASTRA, leading a Technical Department of 189 experts operating 15 satellites.
Martin Halliwell launched his career at SES ASTRA in 1987 with responsibility for implementing the ASTRA Network Operation Centre. He then gained further experience within the SES Technical Department becoming Deputy to the Technical Director.
Brian leads the design and development of O3b’s constellation space segment, the launch of satellites and the development of satellite control centers.
From 2002 to 2008, Brian worked for Ball Aerospace, and Technologies Corp as a senior program manager, where he managed instrument and spacecraft technical teams.
Brian spent most of his career with Fairchild Space and Orbital Sciences as a spacecraft systems engineer.
In 1999, Brian received Orbital Science’s Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. Brian earned a BSc in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech and an MSc in space systems engineering with an emphasis in pointing and control theory from George Washington University.
He serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado’s Space Grant College.
Mr Andrew Browne is Chief Financial Officer of O3b Networks. Andrew joins O3b from SES where he served as CFO, during which time he consolidated its global Finance operations, and contributed to increase in shareholder value.
Mr Browne was also the CFO of Intelsat from 1995 to 1998 where he was instrumental in building the foundation for privatization including the formation of the spin-off New Skies Satellites in The Hague, Netherlands.
He then served as CFO of New Skies from 1998 to 2008, overseeing IPOs on the Euronext and NYSE before creating substantial shareholder value through private sales to private equity and ultimately to SES.
Mr Browne previously held CFO and board positions at a number of global companies and organizations, specializing in the telecommunications, technology and financial sectors including AMD in Silicon Valley, Tom Tom in the Netherlands and the Development Bank of Ireland.
Dara McCann leads O3bs Human Resources and Organisation Development. Dara has joined the team from Expand Coaching (a company she founded in 2005), where she was an Executive Coach and HR consultant, she has been maximizing the effectiveness of people in organizations for over 20 years.
As an HR expert she aligns strategic business objectives with human capital, bringing a pragmatic approach to finding, engaging, growing, developing and optimizing the right people to realize organizations goals. She is passionate about matching the best people with business needs and aims to make O3b an exciting and effective work place, with policies that drive organization culture and free people to operate at their full potential.
As EVP, Government Solutions, D is responsible for identifying the Government satellite services needs & requirements and ensures that O3b services are capable of meeting these needs worldwide. These customers include, both military and civilian agencies. D has a proven understanding of government communications, satellite requirements and programs stemming from his involvement with numerous government programs, employing wideband and narrowband satellite services for customers in the land, maritime and aviation sectors, both fixed and mobile. D is a COMSAT alumnus and since departing has worked for Stratos, Iridium Satellite, Loral, Inmarsat and Boeing, expanding the government usage by introducing new technology.
Thai Rubin is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of O3b Networks. Thai is responsible for managing all legal and regulatory matters for the company.
Prior to joining O3b, Thai served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of SES WORLD SKIES. Thai joined SES WORLD SKIES (previously known as New Skies Satellites) at its inception in 1998 in a role as Associate General Counsel with responsibility for commercial contracts related to satellite and launch procurements, strategic transactions and customer contracts.
Thai assumed the role of General Counsel in 2003 and oversaw a series of transactions including: (i) the sale of the company to a major private equity firm in 2004; (ii) the companys public listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2005; and (iii) the company’s subsequent sale to SES S.A. in 2006.
Chris is O3bs Executive Vice President, Operations, responsible for customer service delivery and technical operations.
Prior to joining O3b Chris served as Vice President, Network Engineering and Operations with New Skies (later SES World Skies), responsible for development, implementation and operations of value added satellite services.
After joining New Skies in 1999 as VP Satellite Planning, his team developed an innovative series of new satellites that doubled New Skies available capacity and expanded their global coverage.
Prior to joining New Skies, Chris was Senior Director of Product Development at PanAmSat, introducing their initial Internet-by-satellite services, and earlier served as Manager of Satellite Operations with Hughes Aircraft Companys Galaxy division. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.
Moez Daya has been a Managing Partner at Satya Capital since 2008, prior to joining Satya Capital he was Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer at Celtel international (now Zain Africa).
Mr Daya’s previous experience includes positions as an executive engineer at BT Mobile, as an Executive Director and Head of the cellular planning group at Cellnet (now O2).
Mr Daya was also one of the founders of MSI Plc and Product Director of MSI’s flagship software product (Planet) before joining Celtel.
He has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Bath University.
Senior Investment Manager at Sofina S.A., Belgium. Victor’s responsibilities include minority investments in European private or public companies as well as investments in Private Equity funds in France, Benelux, Germany and Spain.
Before Sofina, Victor Casier worked with Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and e-Logistics solution provider Transwide Ltd.
Victor graduated as a commercial engineer from Universit Catholique de Louvain and holds a MBA from the University of Chicago.
Mr. Gould has worked for Allen & Company since 1972 and established Allen & Company’s arbitrage business in 1975.
In addition to the Fund, Mr. Gould has been involved in Allen & Company’s merger and acquisition advisory practice, where he has served as a financial advisor to many Fortune 500 corporations.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Liberty Media Corporation, Liberty Global, Inc., Discovery Holding Company, and Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation.
Mr. Gould also serves on the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, The New School for Social Research and the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Mr. Gould attended Cornell University and graduated from Farleigh Dickinson University.
Jamie Goldstein joined North Bridge Venture Partners in 1998. Prior to joining North Bridge, Jamie co-founded PureSpeech, a venture-backed speech recognition software and applications company targeting telcos and enterprise call centers. Jamie served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing prior to its acquisition by Voice Control Systems (NASDAQ: VCSI) and subsequent sale to Phillips Electronics. Before PureSpeech he was with Symmetrix, a provider of manufacturing execution software and consulting services.
Jamies investment interests are diverse–software, storage, wireless, semiconductor and materials companies. Jamie is a 1989 graduate of M.I.T., and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1994.
Larry joined Google in 2005 is currently co-leader of Google’s Alternative Access Group. The group is responsible for a number of product, policy and strategic investment activities promoting internet access.
Larry is a core team member for Google’s Municipal Wifi Network and Google’s fiber to the home initiative. He has focused on a number of spectrum policy initiatives, including openness provisions in the 700MHz band and the opening up of TV white spaces for wireless internet uses.
Additionally, he is involved with several of Google’s strategic investments in the access area including WiFi, satellite, and 4G networking companies.
Larry sits on the board of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. Prior to joining Google, he spent 10 years at ArrayComm, including the role of VP of Technology Development.
Larry has a PhD in Engineering from Stanford University in the specialty of Control Theory.
John Gowen co-manages LGI Ventures, a global investment fund owned by Liberty Global, the leading international cable operator. Liberty Global has 27.5 million video, voice, and broadband internet subscribers, operations in 14 countries, and approximately $9 billion of annualized revenue, as of September 30, 2010.
Mr. Gowen is a 15-year veteran of the international telecommunications and media industry.
Mr. Gowen holds a B.S. in Commerce from the McIntire School at the University of Virginia. He lives in Denver with his wife and three young sons.
Following a career in the Luxembourg civil service (Ministry of Finance), which included the post of Administrator General of the Luxembourg Ministry of Finance, Mr Bausch became Director General and the Chairman of the Management Committee, of SES in 1995.
In July 2001, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of SES.
He graduated with a degree in economics from the University of Nancy and holds an honorary doctorate from the Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg.
Mr Dick is also a Director and member of the Audit Committee of Liberty Global, Inc (LGI) (NASDAQ:LBTYA) and has held these positions since its inception in 2005.
Mr. Dick served as a director of UnitedGlobalCom, Inc. (UGC) from 2003 to 2005, and prior to that was a director of United Pan European Cable (UPC) based in the Netherlands.
He has served as a director and executive officer of various communications, development and manufacturing companies based in a number of countries including the United States, Canada, China, Europe, Africa, Russia and Australia. Until December 2007, he was the non-executive Chairman and a Director for over 25 years of Hooper Industries Group, a privately held UK group consisting of Hooper and Co (Coachbuilders) Ltd (building special bodied Rolls Royce and Bentley motorcars since 1907); Hooper Industries (China) (providing industrial products and components to Europe and the United States); and MetroCab UK (builders of the London Taxis).
Gerson leads the Development Office of SES and is responsible for Corporate Development (Strategy, M&A), Business Development and investigating new ventures outside the core FSS business (Product Diversification), as well as Spectrum Management & Development and providing a single view on a global satellite fleet via an integrated Fleet Development & Yield Management function.
He joined SES in 1998 and amongst other functions, in 2007, was on the Management Committee of SES NEW SKIES, and as of 2009 was on the Management Team integrating SES Americom and SES NEW SKIES into a combined entity, SES WORLD SKIES, before becoming the Chief Development Officer of SES in 2011.
Previously Gerson worked at Intelsat and prior to that, he worked as an engineer at Embratel, a Brazilian telecommunications long distance carrier.
Gerson holds an MBA from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Sajjad is a Head of Principal Investments in HSBC’s emerging market investment business specifically responsible for direct equity investments across Africa. He joined HSBC in 2005 bringing with him over 12 years of investment banking experience.
During his career, he has acted as financial adviser, senior lender, mezzanine lender and equity investor to transactions totaling over USD7.5bn across a variety of sectors and geographies. In addition to his investment activity at HSBC, he was instrumental in establishing the Middle East and North Africa Infrastructure Fund (MENA Infrastructure Fund).
Prior to joining HSBC, Sajjad worked at SG, CIT Structured Finance and Hambros Bank where he began his career.
He read Economics BA (Hons), is a qualified accountant and holds a MBA from the London Business School. Sajjad serves on a number of Board of Directors including New Forest Company Uganda and is also School Governor for Stockwell Park High School.
Under Christophe De Hauwer, the Strategic Market Development team is responsible for monitoring and assessing important market developments, as well as identifying, evaluating, recommending and implementing potential investment and acquisition opportunities for SES.
Since 2003, Mr. De Hauwer and his team have played a crucial role in a number of major transactions for SES, including the New Skies acquisition in 2005, and the 1.2 billion redemption transaction with GE, from whom SES acquired AMERICOM in 2001.
Most recently, De Hauwer’s team played a leading role in the evaluation and negotiations that led to SES’ decision to make a large investment in O3b Networks, in November 2009.
From 1998 to 2003, Mr. De Hauwer was a consultant at Arthur Andersen, specializing in the European telecommunications and media industries. Mr. De Hauwer holds a Ph.D. in Engineering.