Inmarsat appoints Rajeev Suri as CEO with effect from March 1, 2021

Rajeev Suri will join Inmarsat, the global, mobile satellite communications company, as CEO with effect from March 1, 2021.

Suri takes over from Rupert Pearce who steps down as CEO of Inmarsat from February 28, 2021.

Suri will also become a director of Connect Bidco Limited, the holding company for Inmarsat, from March 1, 2021.

Suri’s most recent role was President and CEO of Nokia, a position he held for six years.

Prior to that, he was the CEO of Nokia Siemens Networks for five years, a joint venture company that merged Nokia’s and Siemens’ networks businesses.

Since stepping down in August 2020, Suri has worked in senior advisory roles with private equity firms Warburg Pincus and Apollo Global Management.

He has a record of accomplishments, including leading Nokia to become one of the top two players in telecommunications infrastructure through both M&A and organic growth.

Andrew Sukawaty, Chairman of Inmarsat, said: “The board is delighted to welcome Rajeev to Inmarsat and we look forward to working closely with him and with the existing executive team.

“Rajeev’s experience will support Inmarsat’s future growth and we look forward to the business transitioning successfully to another capable leader.”

‘Important moment’

Suri said: “I am very excited to join Inmarsat, and to work closely with such skilled people, at such an important moment for the company and the satellite communications industry as a whole.

“I have been very impressed by the capabilities and ambitions of the company and its partner community and wish to pay tribute to their ethos, drive and ingenuity.

“Together, they have established technology leadership in satellite mobility, underpinned by a unique understanding of the customer.”

Mr Sukawaty added: “Rupert [Pearce] has been with Inmarsat for 16 years and as its CEO for just over nine years and has led many initiatives and accomplishments which have laid the foundation for the future.

“He has been an excellent and forward- thinking leader and the board and I want to extend heartfelt thanks to Rupert for his tremendous contributions to Inmarsat.”