Posted on: 18 June 2012 by Mark Howells
Inmarsat has appointed former Astrium executive, Miranda Mills, in the position of VP Aerospace for Global Xpress.
Based in Nyon, Switzerland, Mills will join the Inmarsat team developing the next generation Global Xpress programme, a service that will offer seamless global coverage and deliver mobile broadband speeds of up to 50MB/s for users in the government, maritime, enterprise, energy and aeronautical sectors.
As VP for Aerospace, Mills will be responsible for developing all Global Xpress aeronautical services worldwide, building on Inmarsat’s presence in satellite-based aviation safety and operations communications with the Swift64 and SwiftBroadband services. Leading the Global Xpress aviation team, she will help exploit the business opportunities created by the increase in airborne bandwidth that Global Xpress aims to deliver. She will oversee all aspects of the aerospace opportunity, including product and service delivery, partner selection and relations, and commercial issues.
In her previous position with Astrium, she had the dual role of Global Sales & Marketing Director and UK National Director for the Earth Observation, Navigation & Science (ENS) Satellites Division. Prior to this she spent 14 years with Airbus in various roles, including responsibility for Services Strategy & Business Development Head of the A320 Family Programme in the UK, and most recently VP Sales for South Asia. She holds an Aeronautical Engineering Degree and MBA.
“Miranda brings a wealth of experience, energy, and intelligence to Global Xpress,” commented Leo Mondale, Managing Director of the Global Xpress programme. “She has a unique understanding of the interplay between airlines, the aircraft and equipment supply ecosystem, and the regulatory and competitive environments that are essential for helping aircraft operators deliver the next generation of in-flight connectivity.”
Mondale added: “Her strong technical background in aircraft and satellites will facilitate the introduction of our unique, high bandwidth aviation services into the complex technological and regulatory aerospace environment.