LeoSat Enterprises, an emerging company with plans to launch a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, has announced the appointment of Ronald van der Breggen as Chief Commercial Officer. In this position Ronald will be responsible for managing the global sales and marketing operations of LeoSat.
Van der Breggen has more than 20 years of experience in the telecom and satellite industries. Prior to serving at SES, where as Vice President he was globally responsible for back-office sales and customer contract- and service implementations, van der Breggen worked for Dutch telecom incumbent KPN and later KPNQwest where he oversaw the design, roll-out, marketing and sales of all IP services on EuroRings, a newly-built pan-European fiber network.
Mark Rigolle, CEO of LeoSat said: “Ronald brings a myriad of skills to our organisation and most importantly the experience of successfully running a sales organization of a global satellite operator. He will be crucial in LeoSat’s continued progress toward achieving our goal of delivering the only viable satellite solution for enterprise data – responding to specific customer needs which are not being met by today’s technology. His experience in uniting all departments around the customer requirements will be a key component in building our customer-centric organisation”, he added.
Ronald commented: “Having worked in both the fiber and satellite industries, I know firsthand the limitation for data on satellites as compared to fiber. With LeoSat this will now change forever; it brings opportunities for customers they never had before and I’m really excited to help shape that future”.
When fully operational, LeoSat will provide point-to-point data connections to and from anywhere on earth without the need for any terrestrial landings or transport. The data will be able to travel in its native form while encrypted and secured from end to end. LeoSat has just completed a feasibility study with Thales Alenia Space for its constellation design and deployment and is currently working with them on the next phase of development.
A native of the Netherlands, van der Breggen began his telecom career at KPN, rising to the position of VP IP Services. From 2003 to 2013, he served as Vice President Customer Account Management at SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators. Ronald has since undertaken a number of consultancy assignments. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Nijenrode University as well as a Masters in Business Telecommunications from the Technical University of Delft, both in the Netherlands.