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Inmarsat appoints Rolls-Royce man as COO

British satellite telecommunications company Inmarsat has appointed Jason Smith to the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO). Smith joins Inmarsat from Rolls-Royce, where he was most recently president of the group’s nuclear business and had previously held the roles of COO for the nuclear business, and president of the company’s submarine business.

Before joining Rolls-Royce, Smith spent nine years at the UK’s AWE and began his career with British Nuclear Fuels.  Rupert Pearce, CEO of Inmarsat, said:

Smith, commented: “Digital disruption is redefining industries. To succeed in this rapidly changing world, we need to anticipate the demands of our customers and ensure we operate in a way that best serves their needs. We want to further enhance the way we work, to make Inmarsat an even easier company with which to collaborate and to share knowledge and innovation with our key partners. I am excited by the opportunity to lead this global operations team and in playing a part in ensuring that Inmarsat continues to be a strong, growing business.”

Smith replaces Ruy Pinto who is leaving Inmarsat to pursue new interests.

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