YahLive boss joins ABS

Mohamed-YoussifMohamed Youssif, until last week CEO at YahLive, has joined Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) as its COO and president/MD of a newly formed Middle East division.

A press statement from ABS says that Youssif will be responsible “for global sales and revenue for the company as well as directly managing business development for the Middle East region”.

Youssif is the second major hiring in almost as many weeks by ABS.  The satellite operator recently appointed Felix Damba as its MD for Africa. Damba had previously worked for Comtech and Intelsat.

“We are extremely pleased to have Mohamed on board ABS. His capabilities and knowledge of the industry will vastly improve our global sales performance. Mohamed’s extensive experiences and leadership qualities will be an invaluable asset. We are confident he will lead us in the next phase of our growth of our business and services,” said Tom Choi, Chief Executive Officer of ABS. “Mohamed will be one of multiple Executive Committee members joining ABS this year.”

“As the fastest growing international satellite operator in the world, it gives me great pleasure to be part of such a dynamic team. I look forward to being a part of the great success awaiting ABS,” commented Mohamed Youssif.

Youssif previously served as the CEO of YahLive and as the Chief Commercial Officer responsible for sales for Arabsat. He has also held executive positions at ICO Global Communications, Hughes and was the founder of MESAT Consultancy in Beirut.

Meanwhile Sami Boustany has been appointed as the acting CEO of Yahlive. Boustany is currently the Chief Strategy Officer of Yahsat. With 15 years of experience in the satellite industry, Boustany has been involved with Yahlive since its inception. In his new role, he will be overseeing the day-to-day operations while focusing on Yahlive’s growth objectives.

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