Newtec has announced that Giuliano Berretta, the former CEO of Eutelsat, has been appointed as an external member of its strategic committee. The strategic committee advises and assists the Newtec board of directors with company policy and strategy.
Berretta brings significant industry experience with him and will be instrumental in assisting Newtec’s continued international expansion as well as strengthening the skill set of the strategic committee. Berretta has been central to the design of many of Europe’s pioneering communications satellite programmes, including Eutelsat’s Ka-Sat satellite; the largest Ka-band spot-beam satellite covering Europe.
Serge Van Herck, CEO and chairman of Newtec, said: “We are extremely fortunate to have Giuliano joining us. He has exceptional industry experience and knowledge and is set to be a real source of strength for us. Many technologically ambitious plans are already under way and having Berretta on board goes a long way towards ensuring our continued success.”
Berretta is the third external member of the strategic committee, with Brigitte Boone, formerly the CEO of the Merchant Banking division of Fortis Bank, and Martin De Prycker, the former CEO of Barco, joining in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
“I have followed Newtec’s successes over the course of many years and have always found it to be an exciting company. It is encouraging to see it pushing not only itself, but also the wider satellite industry forward, driving innovation and ensuring a thriving sector. I look forward to helping it steer a successful path,” said Berretta.
Berretta is currently honorary chairman of Eutelsat Communication and Eutelsat S.A., chairman of Eutelsat Italia and chairman Emeritus of ESOA. He holds a degree in electronic engineering from the University of Padua (Italy), an honorary doctorate in management engineering from the University of Bologna (Italy) and an honorary professorship from the university Ricardo Palma of Lima (Peru).