Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Dr Chan, the key co-founder of the Group, is responsible for the overall  management of financials, investor relations, operations and formulation of business strategies and policies of the Group.
As a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience in communications product design and manufacturing, business development and corporate management, he was responsible for formulating the strategies in restructuring and transforming the Group to be a satellite communications focused company.

Dr Chan graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering with First Class Honours from the University of Strathclyde, UK, and was conferred a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the same university in 1984.

Chief Operating and Technology Officer

Mr Tan, one of the co-founders, has over 30 years of experience in product development and project management in the field of telecommunications. In the past eighteen years, his work was primarily focused on satellite communications product development and strategic business management. He was instrumental in re-moulding the Group’s strategies and organisational competences necessary for the successful business transformation of the Group from consumer product-centric to satellite-based terminals and related application focus. His in-depth understanding of the industry and the competing forces helps the Group position its niche in the market. He oversees the business and technology development in order to ensure an integrated and cohesive overall Group strategic direction.

Mr Tan graduated from the University of Knoxville, USA with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering with Highest Honours. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering (Telecommunications) from the University of California, Los Angeles Campus, USA.

Lead Independent Director

Mr Denny was appointed to the Board on 1 May 2018 and serves as an Independent Director of the Company. At present, he is the Chairman of our Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee and on 1 August 2019, he was appointed Lead Independent Director of the Company. Mr Denny, an Australian national, has had over 40 years of experience in the space and satellite sector. Mr Denny joined Inmarsat in 1988 and held a range of positions spanning across the technical and operational functions of Inmarsat before he retired in 2012. From 1998 to 2008, He held the position of Vice President of Satellite and Network Operations, and was responsible for Inmarsat’s fleet of satellites, network operations activities, satellite gateways, spectrum regulatory and spectrum management activities as well as satellite navigation services. In 2009, Mr Denny assumed a new role in spear heading the engineering activities across Inmarsat, ranging from new product and service development to systems engineering, of noteworthy mention were the engineering activities in connection with Inmarsat’s new IsatPhone Pro hand-held satellite phone. From 2006 to 2012 and in conjunction with his operational and engineering responsibilities at Inmarsat, Mr Denny was appointed as the President Commissioner of PT ISAT, a new satellite business established by Inmarsat in Batam, Indonesia to expand the engineering and operational functions of Inmarsat in the Asia region.

Prior to joining Inmarsat, Mr Denny was with AUSSAT (now OPTUS) in Australia, and was tasked to establish the company’s satellite control facilities and its subsequent launch and in-orbit operations of its first generation satellites.

Before his stint with AUSSAT, Mr Denny held various positions in the satellite control and satellite communications field with the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (now part of Telstra), an Australian international communications carrier. These roles primarily involved satellite launch and in-orbit support activities for Intelsat and the European Space Agency. Currently Mr Denny does not hold any other directorship. He acts as an advisor to Northstar Earth and Space Inc.

Independent Director

Mr Michael J Butler was appointed to the Board on 1 September 2010 and serves as an Independent Director of the Company. Mr Butler, a British national, has over 25 years of successful commercial experience in world class, high technology businesses, including more than 13 years in senior general management roles with full P&L responsibility. From May 2000 to April 2009, Mr Butler served as the Managing Director, then President & Chief Operating Officer and an executive board director of Inmarsat, a FTSE 100 company.

In April 2012, Mr Butler was appointed into the Board of Director of Thuraya Telecommunications Company, to serve as one of its Independent Directors. Mr Butler also serves as Non-Executive Chairman of BSS Ltd, a global distributor of satellite communications services (since July 2015), a Non-Executive Director of Synectics PLC, a U.K. listed security & surveillance solutions provider (since February 2016) and Non-Executive Director of TPO PLC, a U.K. listed MVNO (since January 2017).

Non-Executive Director

Mr Paul C Burke was appointed to the Board on 29 September 2020 and serves as a Non-Executive Director of the Company. Mr Burke, an American citizen, is a businessman and entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the aviation industry. He is currently the CEO and Director of Konnectronix, Inc. (f/k/a Telefonix, Inc.), a company he founded in 1989, which now focuses on product design and manufacturing for the e-mobility market following the sale of the company’s aerospace assets in December 2017.

Mr Burke graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration major degree (with Engineering as a minor degree) from University of New Haven, Connecticut, USA in 1973.