LeoSat Enterprises, an emerging company with plans to launch a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, has appointed Diederik Kelder as Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development. In this role, Diederik will be responsible for all business development activities at LeoSat.
Diederik Kelder has over 20 years’ experience in the satellite communications industry, which includes working for a number of prominent satellite operators in the areas of strategic planning, commercial planning and business development. Prior to joining LeoSat Enterprises, Diederik worked at SES, where as VP business development Asia, he led a series of initiatives including partnerships and space and ground asset development. In addition, Kelder has previous experience of working for a new satellite start up. As VP Business Planning, he set up and rolled out New Skies Satellites’ strategy, business planning and revenue forecasting functions and was a core team member on a variety of corporate transactions including IPO and acquisition by private equity firm Blackstone.
A native of the Netherlands, Diederik began his satellite communications career at Eutelsat, holding the position of Marketing Manager in the then newly created Commercial Department.
LeoSat’s CEO, Mark Rigolle, said: “Diederik is a very experienced satellite industry executive across a number of fields that are extremely relevant for a young company like LeoSat. He has a deep understanding of developing strategic and market opportunities. As we build our core team, he will be instrumental in formulating the technical and commercial advantages of the LeoSat constellation to potential strategic stakeholders and the business market.”
Diederik commented: “What attracted me to LeoSat is that it was conceived from a customer need perspective. What really excites me is that we use the best satellite technology has on offer to, not only carry large data volumes premise-to-premise, but in many scenarios do so with lower latencies than terrestrial solutions; simply because light travels faster through space than through fiber. I am looking forward to working with Mark and the LeoSat team, our customers and partners to bring this to market.”
Diederik Kelder will be outlining LeoSat’s technology and its advantages for data communication at the CABSAT event in Dubai.