Based in Nyon, Switzerland, Mills will join the expanding Global Xpress team for Inmarsat’s next generation Global Xpress programme, a service that will reportedly offer seamless global coverage and deliver unprecedented mobile broadband speeds of up to 50MB/s for users in the government, maritime, enterprise, energy and aeronautical sectors.
As VP for Aerospace, Mills will be responsible for developing all Global Xpress aeronautical services worldwide, building on, the official release states, Inmarsat’s long presence in satellite-based aviation safety and operations communications with the proven Swift64 and SwiftBroadband services.
In her previous position with Astrium, she had the dual role of global sales and marketing director and UK National Director for the Earth Observation, Navigation & Science (ENS) Satellites Division. She holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree and MBA.
Leo Mondale, managing director of the Global Xpress programme, comments: “Miranda brings a wealth of experience, energy, and intelligence to Global Xpress. She has a unique understanding of the interplay between airlines, the aircraft and equipment supply ecosystem, and the regulatory and competitive environments that are essential for helping aircraft operators deliver the next generation of in-flight connectivity.”
He adds: “Her strong technical background in aircraft and satellites will facilitate the introduction of our unique, high bandwidth aviation services into the complex technological and regulatory aerospace environment.”
Inmarsat appoints Martin Turner as director of media business
Inmarsat, a global mobile satellite communications services provider, has appointed Martin Turner as director of media business.
Turner will, as per the official release, spearhead further development of Inmarsat’s customer-driven solutions and strengthen the company’s relationship with broadcasters. Previously head of newsgathering operations at the BBC, Turner was responsible for crewing, bureaux, technical innovation and satellite-based activities. An award-winning journalist, Turner was previously the BBC’s bureau chief in Johannesburg and Washington.
Drew Brandy, vice opresident of the industry business unit at Inmarsat, said: “Martin is well known throughout the broadcasting industry and we’re delighted to welcome him to Inmarsat. Broadcasters are highly innovative by nature, and are always looking to push our technology to its limits, often in some of the most extreme environments. Martin’s wide media experience will be a key part of ensuring that our solutions, such as BGAN, and our forthcoming Global Xpress offering will continue to keep pace with and anticipate the needs of the industry.”
Turner adds: “Journalists today need to do more, share more and be more connected when on location. There is a constant drive for solutions that are lighter and easier to use, that offer more bandwidth and lower cost. Inmarsat has an unparalleled record in supporting newsgathering in the field. I’m looking forward to leveraging my experience to help news journalists the world over benefit even more from the services and global satellite network they trust.”
Martin holds a Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy from the University of York. In 2005, Turner was awarded a Knight Fellowship at Stanford University during which he studied the impact of technology on the news industry.