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Thuraya appoints Eric Béranger to its Board of Directors

Move hoped to boost the outlining of strategies and future plans that are currently underway
Eric Béranger, Board of Direcctors, Thuraya

Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services operator, has announced the appointment of Eric Béranger to its Board of Directors. Béranger will be occupying the board seat recently vacated by Charles Moore of Lockheed Martin, who recently retired in March.

“Thuraya is pleased to welcome Eric Béranger to our Board of Directors. Eric’s enormous industry knowledge and broad business expertise brings further depth to our board and will help to support Thuraya’s future initiatives. We thank Charles Moore for his contribution to Thuraya over the past few years and wish him the best,” says Ahmad Julfar, Chairman of Thuraya’s Board.

According to Julfar, this appointment coincides favourably with the company’s strategies that are being mapped out. “This is particularly timely and relevant as we are currently engaged in planning for the future and evaluating different strategic options ahead. We look forward to benefiting from Eric’s experience and contribution for Thuraya’s continued success.”

Béranger founded Astrium Services in 2003 and today the company is one of the world’s largest satellite service providers offering military, governmental and commercial telecommunications services, as well as Earth-observation satellite services.

In October 2012, Béranger was appointed as CEO of Astrium Satellites, a leading provider of satellite system solutions, including spacecraft, ground segments, payloads and equipment.

Born in 1963, and a graduate of France’s École Polytechnique, Béranger oversaw year-on-year growth of nearly 50% for Astrium Services, the company’s youngest division prior to the acquisition of Vizada in 2011. He graduated from France’s Advanced School of Telecommunications and worked for France Telecom and Société Générale earlier in his career before joining Matra Marconi Space (now Astrium Satellites). He has also served as the chairman of the European Satellite Operators’ Association until November 2012.