MTN Satellite Communications today announced the addition of two key executives to its management team in support of the company’s momentum and aggressive growth plans; including the company’s impending launch of its Next Generation Network. This Network will solve the capacity, price and performance constrains the industry is facing today, across market segments, delivering the highest quality of products and services customers want. Robert Wise, previously an engineering vice president in HP's public cloud computing effort, will serve in the newly created position of Chief Innovation Officer, and former Head of Intelsat General, Susan Miller will serve as Executive Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development.
The new additions to the MTN senior leadership team, followed by the recent appointments of Errol Olivier to President and Chief Executive Officer, Joe Wright as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors, and Margaret (Peg) E. Grayson as CFO, further solidifies MTN’s leadership strategy and better supports the company’s ability to launch its Next Generation Network. This strategic effort positions MTN as an innovator that can meet customer demands, today and in the future, with technology and innovation that has yet to be utilized in the satellite space across market segments.
“MTN is leading a new revolution on how companies purchase and utilize bandwidth around the world; from the pipe to the solutions that will be optimized for the new gigabyte model,” said Mr. Olivier. “MTN is a nimble organization and we are able to quickly change and innovate for our customers today without compromising the high level of service and responsiveness our customers have come to expect. At MTN we are moving far beyond what the industry expects and we recognize speaking of megabits will soon be old news. The new team will continue to deliver on the “Customer Intimacy” roots that have propelled us to where we are today as it shapes the industry into the next generation of satellite network, delivery, service and price.”
Mr. Wise joins MTN from HP, where he was an engineering vice president in HP's public cloud computing effort. He opened HP's Seattle cloud computing office and was instrumental in HP's adoption of OpenStack. Mr. Wise led the engineering team for HP's mobile/cloud-based music project, and came to that position via HP's acquisition of Melodeo. He spent much of his early career building high performance and high reliability distributed systems in the telecommunications industry, most notably as VP Engineering for VoIP/Softswitch pioneer Vsys.
“MTN is focused on specific areas of rampant industry innovation including cloud computing and mobile applications, for the world of satellite communications,” said Mr. Wise. “Communities served primarily by satellite links have not seen the same pace of innovation, and we are going to change that.”
Ms. Miller is a senior business leader with over 20 years within the satellite industry and spent the majority of her career focused on implementing strategic business development initiatives, cost control projects, and played a vital role in completing strategic acquisitions. Previously, Ms. Miller served as Chief Executive Officer with Spacenet Integrated Government Solutions where she was focused on developing strategic acquisition and organic development plans. Other well-known organizations Ms. Miller worked with include LightSquared, Intelsat, Lockheed Martin and Hughes Aircraft Corporation.
“Over the years I have witnessed tremendous change and growth in the satellite industry and how people are consuming bandwidth to offset land based solutions” said Ms. Miller. “MTN has a strategy that will not only re-shape the industry, but will forever change the way people view and utilize bandwidth and I am excited to not only witness this change, but to actually help shape it with the customer in mind.”