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March 23rd, 2009

Major Moving On Ups... @ SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) has announced the senior management team for its SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES division, resulting from the recent integration of SES AMERICOM and SES NEW SKIES into a single operational unit.

SES AMERICOM-NEW SKIES is led by Rob Bednarek, President and CEO, who heads a 10 member strong management team of experienced satellite executives consisting of:
  • Steve Collar, Senior Vice President of Market Development, who is responsible for the growth of the new division's satellite and service portfolio including the definition of new spacecraft and products as well as the long range strategic planning activities in close cooperation with other SES group entities
  • Anders Johnson, Senior Vice President Strategic Satellite Development, who is responsible for the creation, development and execution of custom satellite solutions for large users of satellite bandwidth, as well as for the division's spectrum development activities. Anders previously headed SES AMERICOM's business development group
  • Robert Kisilywicz, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who is responsible for overall financial planning, reporting, procurement, and risk management as well as supporting investor relations activities for SES in North America. Rob was the CFO of SES AMERICOM and previously served as Vice President and Controller of GE AMERICOM, and as Senior Manager with KPMG LLP in their auditing and M&A practices
  • Bryan McGuirk, Senior Vice President Media Services, who is responsible for building and maintaining the division's leadership in media & entertainment distribution throughout North America and oversees occasional use sales globally. Bryan has held senior management positions in traditional broadcasting and cable networks, as well as being at the forefront of interactive technology developments in television programming
  • Tip Osterthaler, President and CEO of AMERICOM GOVERNMENT SERVICES (AGS), is a retired Brigadier General an will leverage AMERICOM's 30-year heritage of experience in the government SATCOM market offering comprehensive satellite-based communications solutions to U.S. federal agencies
  • Thai Rubin, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, will oversees all legal and regulatory responsibilities of the new division. He joined New Skies at its inception in 1998 as Associate General Counsel, with responsibility for commercial contracts related to satellite and launch procurements, strategic transactions and customer contracts. Before joining New Skies, he was Senior Legal Counsel at PanAmSat
  • Henk Slettenhaar, Vice President Human Resources, will lead the Human Resources teams located in The Netherlands and the United States. His responsibilities include staffing, compensation & benefits, training & development, payroll and general HRM for the company's offices around the world
  • Gerson Souto, Senior Vice President Commercial Services, assumes overall responsibility for the commercial management of existing satellite capacity and service offerings; asset/yield management, product management, business analysis, contingency and transition planning; marketing communications and media relations. Gerson joined SES in 1998 and came to NEW SKIES in 2007. Previously he worked at Intelsat and prior to that at Embratel, a Brazilian telecommunications long distance carrier
  • Scott J. Sprague, Senior Vice President Global Sales, will lead the global sales team located throughout regional offices around the world. His primary responsibilities include generating revenues across all products and services, providing additional senior level customer interaction, and assessing and developing alternate sales channels