Luxembourg satellite company SES appoints new CDO

John O'Hanlon
- Leadership - Mar 04, 2015

The board of SES, which owns and operates a fleet of 54 geostationary satellites and a network of teleports and offices located around the globe, has appointed Christophe De Hauwer to succeed Gerson Souto, the company’s current CDO, who has decided to step down from his position for personal reasons and relocate to Brazil, his home country. Gerson, who has been with SES for more than 16 years, will continue to advise SES and work with the Executive Committee on development projects in Latin America and elsewhere.

Christophe will officially take up the position of CDO on 1 August 2015. He has been with the Company for over 10 years, holding several positions of responsibility in the areas of Strategic Marketing, Strategic and Business Planning and Corporate Development. In his current role of Senior Vice President, Fleet Development and Yield Management, Christophe oversees the overall optimization of the entire SES satellite fleet and its future development.

Christophe also played an instrumental role in the acquisition of New Skies (2005), the GE share redemption (2007) and the investment in O3b Networks (2009). Since 2010, he has served as a board member of O3b Networks. Prior to joining SES, Christophe was a consultant, first at Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and later at Deloitte & Touche. Christophe is a Belgian national and holds an Engineering Degree and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Brussels in Belgium.

Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES, stated: "In appointing Christophe De Hauwer, the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee have ensured a strong succession and a flawless transition. Christophe’s deep knowledge of the industry and of SES, as well as his management skills, will help us to further deliver on our growth potential.”

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   Mar 09, 2015
That is absolutely right Colin, and apologies to SES. The error has now been corrected. Ed.
Colin Mann    Mar 05, 2015
Er, it's a Luxembourg company!