Berneke will replace Rodolphe Belmer, who is leaving Eutelsat for Atos.
The partnership aims to improve the energy efficiency of gas pipelines.
An agreement with Nilesat was due to be renewed back in the summer.
Eutelsat 9B sits at 9 degrees East orbital location and has regional footprints in Germany, Greece, Italy, and the Nordics with the Baltics and Ukraine.
Belmer, who has been CEO of Eutelsat since March 2016, will remain at the helm until early 2022.
The multi-year agreement will leverage the Eutelsat Konnect satellite to offer broadband service to customers living in the digital divide.
Eutelsat has rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Drahi based on the terms of his proposal.