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Inmarsat Appoints New Marketing and Commercial Officers

By Mark Holmes | March 26, 2021

      Barry French, left; and Jat Brainch, right. Photos: Inmarsat

      Inmarsat continues to reshape its management team under the leadership of new CEO Rajeev Suri after the surprise departure of Rupert Pearce in February. The company has tapped ex-Nokia Chief Marketing Officer Barry French to be its new chief marketing and communications officer. In an organizational restructure, Inmarsat will be bringing together its marketing, communications and government affairs functions into a single executive level organization.

      Additionally, Jat Brainch, previously senior vice president of Group Commercial Management at Inmarsat, has been appointed chief commercial and product officer. She will be responsible for Inmarsat’s evolving commercial and product strategy and roadmap and to ensuring that the company continues to lead the industry in customer-centric products and services that are designed specifically for mobility and government users. Brainch previously worked at Telefonica Europe and T-Mobile (U.K.).

      Inmarsat said in a March 25 announcement that these appointments are part of a wide-ranging review of the company’s performance that Suri is leading. “The satellite communications industry is undergoing unprecedented changes and Inmarsat is committed to continuous evolution, not just in our world-leading technology and connectivity infrastructure but in how we interact with our customers and partners,” Suri commented.