Satnews Daily
November 27th, 2017

Speedcast's Two Management Changes, One From Within and the Other from Outside

Keith Johnson Speedcast’s Chief Operating Officer

Two management changes at Speedcast. One is a promotion within and the other is an executive from outside the company.

Speedcast International Limited (ASX:SDA) provider of remote communication and IT solutions, today announced two changes to its Executive Management team. 

Keith Johnson, currently EVP of Speedcast's Energy Division, will take over from David Kagan as Chief Operating Officer, while also keeping his existing Energy Division responsibilities. Mr. Kagan will be leaving Speedcast in early December due to personal and family commitments, but will remain as an advisor to the CEO on a limited time basis. 

Mr. Johnson joined Speedcast in 2014 after spending over 20 years at Harris CapRock Communications, where he held numerous senior operational roles, including heading global operations, and business unit leadership roles. As part of the transition, the Information Technology, Digitalization, Supply Chain, QHSE and Facilities functions formerly under the COO will move under a newly created CIO role, which is under recruitment. The changes are effective as of December first. 

Erwan Emilian EVP of Enterprise and Emerging Markets 

Pierre-Jean Beylier, Speedcast CEO said that Keith brings decades of operational experience to the COO role, which will enable him to build upon the solid operational foundations that David has built during the integration of Harris CapRock, and they are delighted that Keith has accepted to take on more responsibilities following the great job he has done building the Energy business to where it is now, as the clear market leader, which included playing a key role in the integration of Harris CapRock alongside David. He added his thanks to David for his contribution since March of this year and looks forward to his continued input as an advisor wishing him all the best in his future endeavors. 

Erwan Emilian has joined Speedcast to lead the Enterprise & Emerging Markets division. Mr. Emilian comes to Speedcast from IEC Tel ecom Group, where he served for 10 years as CEO. Prior to this, Mr. Emilian held executive positions at several high-tech startups and Fortune 500 companies. He replaces Andrew Burdall who has left the company to pursue another opportunity. 

Pierre-Jean Beylier, Speedcast CEO added that he has known Erwan for many years and he will be a great asset to the Speedcast management team. He also wants to thank Andrew for his contributions and wish him success in his next role.