Management team

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Steve Collar

Steve Collar - Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Steve Collar is Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of O3b Networks. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Collar was Senior Vice President Market Development at SES WORLD SKIES, Steve Collar led the division's efforts to expand its satellite, and service portfolio, including the design of new spacecraft and products. In addition, he oversaw the company's long-range strategic planning activities. He was responsible for Mergers and Acquisitions and was responsible for SES' acquisition of ProtoStar 2 among other things. Mr Collar was intimately involved in SES' investment in O3b Networks; he was on the Board of Directors for the company and now serves as CEO. Mr Collar originally joined New Skies Satellites (now SES WORLD SKIES) in 1999.

Andrew Browne

Andrew Browne - Chief Financial Officer

Mr Andrew Browne is Chief Financial Officer of O3b Networks. Andrew joins O3b from SES where he served as CFO, during which time he consolidated its global Finance operations, and contributed to increase in shareholder value. Mr Browne was also the CFO of Intelsat from 1995 to 1998 where he was instrumental in building the foundation for privatization including the formation of the spin-off ‘New Skies Satellites’ in The Hague, Netherlands. He then served as CFO of New Skies from 1998 to 2008, overseeing IPOs on the Euronext and NYSE before creating substantial shareholder value through private sales to private equity and ultimately to SES. Mr Browne previously held CFO and board positions at a number of global companies and organizations, specializing in the telecommunications, technology and financial sectors including AMD in Silicon Valley, Tom Tom in the Netherlands and the Development Bank of Ireland. Mr Browne is a member of the Institute of Certified Public accountants (CPA) and has an MBA from Trinity College, Dublin. He is also a member of the board of trustees of the Intl Space University in Strasbourg.

John Finney

John Finney - Chief Commercial Officer

John leads O3b's global sales and marketing efforts, along with the product development strategy. Prior to joining O3b Networks, John served as Regional Managing Director for Ciena Corp, where he was responsible , for Northern Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Before this, John held a number of International Vice President positions from 2004 to 2007 with Alcatel-Lucent, including responsibility for the Vodafone business unit. He later served as Vice President of International Accounts for the Northern Europe region. From 1999 to 2004, John served as a founding member of Huawei Technologies' European team. During this time, he secured major contracts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa as the company's Vice President of Mobile Solutions for the EMEA region. Early in his career, John worked for the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and T-Mobile UK.

Brian Holz

Brian Holz - Chief Technology Officer

Brian leads the design and development of O3b's constellation space segment, the launch of satellites and the development of satellite control centers. From 2002 to 2008, Brian worked for Ball Aerospace, and Technologies Corp as a senior program manager, where he managed instrument and spacecraft technical teams. Brian spent most of his career with Fairchild Space and Orbital Sciences as a spacecraft systems engineer. In 1999, Brian received Orbital Science's Outstanding Technical Achievement Award. Brian earned a BSc in aerospace engineering from Virginia Tech and an MSc in space systems engineering with an emphasis in pointing and control theory from George Washington University. He serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado's Space Grant College.

Thai Rubin

Thai Rubin - Executive Vice President and General Counsel

Thai Rubin is the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of O3b Networks. Thai is responsible for managing all legal and regulatory matters for the company. Prior to joining O3b, Thai served as Senior Vice President and , General Counsel of SES WORLD SKIES. Thai joined SES WORLD SKIES (previously known as New Skies Satellites) at its inception in 1998 in a role as Associate General Counsel with responsibility for commercial contracts related to satellite and launch procurements, strategic transactions and customer contracts. Thai assumed the role of General Counsel in 2003 and oversaw a series of transactions including: (i) the sale of the company to a major private equity firm in 2004; (ii) the company’s public listing on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in 2005; and (iii) the company's subsequent sale to SES S.A. in 2006. Before joining New Skies, Thai was Senior Legal Counsel at PanAmSat Corporation and previously worked as an Assistant Engineer at PanAmSat’s principal outside engineering firm. Thai earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and a Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C.

Dara McCann

Dara McCann - Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Organisation Development

Dara McCann leads O3b’s Human Resources and Organisation Development. Dara has joined the team from Expand Coaching (a company she founded in 2005), where she was an Executive Coach and HR consultant, she has been maximizing the effectiveness of people in organizations for over 20 years. As an HR expert she aligns strategic business objectives with human capital, bringing a pragmatic approach to finding, engaging, growing, developing and optimizing the right people to realize organizations goals. She is passionate about matching the best people with business needs and aims to make O3b an exciting and effective work place, with policies that drive organization culture and free people to operate at their full potential. Over her career, which consists of working with organizations and clients from many disciplines from Civil Engineering to Service Providers including companies such as Ricoh, DSGi, PayPoint, Premier Foods, LGi and CMG, and IIR, she constantly seeks to understand how people tick enabling them to be productive, effective and satisfied at work.

Chris Schram

Chris Schram - Executive Vice President, Operations

Chris is O3b’s Executive Vice President, Operations, responsible for customer service delivery and technical operations. Prior to joining O3b Chris served as Vice President, Network Engineering and Operations with New Skies (later SES World Skies), responsible for development, implementation and operations of value added satellite services. After joining New Skies in 1999 as VP Satellite Planning, his team developed an innovative series of new satellites that doubled New Skies available capacity and expanded their global coverage. Prior to joining New Skies, Chris was Senior Director of Product Development at PanAmSat, introducing their initial Internet-by-satellite services, and earlier served as Manager of Satellite Operations with Hughes Aircraft Company’s Galaxy division. Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University.

“D” D’Ambrosio

“D” D’Ambrosio - Executive Vice President, Government Solutions

As EVP, Government Solutions, “D” is responsible for identifying the Government satellite service’s needs & requirements and ensures that O3b services are capable of meeting these needs worldwide. These customers include, both military and civilian agencies. “D” has a proven understanding of government communications, satellite requirements and programs stemming from his involvement with numerous government programs, employing wideband and narrowband satellite services for customers in the land, maritime and aviation sectors, both fixed and mobile. “D” is a COMSAT alumnus and since departing has worked for Stratos, Iridium Satellite, Loral, Inmarsat and Boeing, expanding the government usage by introducing new technology.