Eutelsat Communications has appointed Eva Berneke as Chief Executive Officer, effective January 1, 2022. She will also be co-opted as a member of Board.
She joins Eutelsat from Danish IT and software company KMD, specialising in IT solutions and services for the public and private sector, and now part of the NEC Group. During her tenure, she oversaw the transformation of KMD from a mainly government service provider to a modern, digital company competing in both the public and private sectors.
During her time at TDC, the former TeleDanmark, Belmer was as Head of Strategy and Head of the company’s Wholesale Business division.
Prior to that Eva held several senior positions at TDC, formerly TeleDanmark notably as Head of Strategy and Head of the company’s Wholesale Business division. Eva began her career at McKinsey where she developed a specialisation in the TMT sectors.
Eva sits on the Boards of international groups Lego and Vestas Wind Systems as well as France’s Ecole Polytechnique. She is a graduate of Denmark’s Technical University, where she gained a master’s degree in mechanical engineering, and holds an MBA from INSEAD. Eva is fluent in French and English.
Commenting on the appointment, Dominique D’Hinnin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Eutelsat said: “It is my great pleasure to welcome Eva Berneke to Eutelsat. She brings to us an unparalleled skillset combining deep experience of both the telecoms and technology sectors at an international level as well as a proven and successful track record in transforming businesses in rapidly changing, highly technical, and regulated markets. Along with my Board colleagues, I am confident Eva is the right person to lead Eutelsat’s transition towards the connectivity businesses by executing its telecoms pivot and leveraging its investment in OneWeb.”
Berneke added: “I am hugely excited to join Eutelsat at this compelling stage in its development. As one of the world’s leading satellite operators, Eutelsat’s innovation track record, its exceptional suite of in-orbit assets, and its solid financial position, mean it is strongly positioned to be among the successes in the Space Sector in the years ahead. I look forward to working with the Board, management, and all our Eutelsat colleagues to ensure we maximise the potential of this great company for the benefit of our customers and broader stakeholders.”