Satellite operator SES has named Christophe de Hauwer as chief development officer and a member of its board. He will also join SES’s executive committee, effective August 1.
De Hauwer will succeed Gerson Souto, the company’s current CDO, who has decided to step down from his position for personal reasons and relocate to Brazil, his home country. Gerson will continue to advise SES and work with the Executive Committee on development projects in Latin America and elsewhere.
De Hauwer has served with SES for over 10 years, most recently as senior vice-president, fleet development and yield management, overseeing the overall optimization of the entire SES satellite fleet and its future development.
“We respect and understand Gerson’s decision and are pleased that he has agreed to continue to support SES in a strategic advisory role. Gerson has been instrumental in SES’s global expansion and integration across its various business units. Under his leadership, SES has articulated a holistic and winning strategy which is now serving as a platform to focus on go-to-market and investment efforts, as well as the capabilities development agenda. We wish Gerson all the very best for the future,” said Karim Michel Sabbagh, president and CEO of SES.
“In appointing Christophe De Hauwer, the board of directors and the executive committee have ensured a strong succession and a flawless transition. Christophe’s deep knowledge of the industry and of SES, as well as his management skills, will help us to further deliver on our growth potential.”