ESOA Names Berretta Chairman
[Satellite Today – 06-05-08] The European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA) has appointed Eutelsat CEO Giuliano Berretta its new chairman, succeeding Christodoulos Protopapas, CEO of Hellas Sat.
“Satellites face tough issues in the world today,” Berretta said in a statement. “Besides pushing the benefits they provide of enabling communication between people anywhere, anytime, we find ourselves having to fight hard to protect even the basic framework in which satellites operate. By this, I mean obtaining and preserving ongoing and unfettered access to spectrum; respecting the international (ITU) framework on which satellite operators depend and maintaining long-term license procedures that enable operators to provide services over 15 to 20 years. These are all issues that are being called into question by the present review of the EU Telecoms Package and on which satellite operators, through ESOA, will continue to take an aggressive stance to defend their interests.”
Romain Bausch, CEO of SES, was elected vice chairman.