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ST Engineering iDirect Names Don Claussen as CEO 

By Rachel Jewett | January 9, 2023

      Don Claussen, CEO of ST Engineering iDirect.

      ST Engineering iDirect has named Don Claussen as its new CEO. Claussen joins ST Engineering iDirect from Intelsat General Corporation where he served as vice president responsible for Strategy, Business Development, Product Management and Service Delivery. The company announced the appointment on Jan. 9. 

      Claussen replaces Ka Hoe Low, who served as interim CEO after Kevin Steen left ST Engineering iDirect for OneWeb Technologies late last year. Low is president of the Satellite Communications business group at ST Engineering.

      “A respected innovator and leader in the satcom industry, Don’s impressive experience and track record will help to accelerate ST Engineering iDirect’s growth during this pivotal period of change in the industry,” Low said. “Don has led major growth initiatives for satcom leaders, driving significant gains in customer impact.”

      The company said Claussen will lead an expansion of global leadership and technology vision while the satellite industry is going through rapid changes. He is based in the U.S.

      Claussen was also previously a vice president at L3Harris and business unit director at Viasat and is a U.S. Army veteran. 

       “Innovation has been the focus of my career, and I am excited to collaborate with a renowned technology team that continues to deliver an innovative agenda for the satellite ground segment. There is a great deal of opportunity to deliver industry leading solutions to our partners and customers, supported by our passionate global team, into the rapidly expanding new space and 5G era,” Claussen said.