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Friday, October 15, 2021 

Inmarsat has announced that Ben Palmer will be joining the company as President of its Maritime Business Unit.

Most recently head of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems division across Europe, Palmer brings 25 years’ experience of driving transformational change in technology-heavy industries, including maritime.

Rajeev Suri, CEO Inmarsat said: “Inmarsat is a company with growing momentum and I am delighted to welcome Ben Palmer to our executive team and as president of our maritime business at this pivotal time. Supported by our market-leading technology platforms, including the recently announced Orchestra and Elera networks, Inmarsat is driving a step-change in growth.  Customer-centricity is central to everything we do and Ben is the ideal leader to support our maritime partners and customers as they navigate a rapidly changing world and embrace the benefits of digitalisation.”

Since the introduction of Fleet Xpress in 2016, Inmarsat's digital  connectivity platform is now installed on over 11,000 vessels.

Suri continued: “I wish to pay tribute to Ronald Spithout for his long and distinguished career at Inmarsat and his years of service to our maritime customers and partners. His leadership helped make Fleet Xpress the success it is today and I am delighted to report that our maritime business continues to show enhanced performance which forms a solid foundation for the future.   We wish Ronald every success in the future.”

Spithout has been with Inmarsat since 1988 (including his time at Stratos, Xantic and Station 12) and his highlights include the rollout of Fleet Xpress and his work spearheading the digitalisation of shipping.

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