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Speedcast beefs up executive team with appointment of David Kagan

Global satellite communications and network service provider, Speedcast, has appointed former Globalstar senior executive David Kagan as chief operating officer.

As Speedcast (ASX:SDA) group COO, Kagan will take on global responsibility for supply chain, capacity management, quality, health and safety, network operations, field engineering, customer support and service implementation.

Kagan, who is based in Houston, previously held C-level executive positions at ITC Global, Globe Wireless, Maritime Telecommunications Network (MTN), ICG Satellite Services and Norwegian Cruise Line.

Speedcast chief executive Pierre-Jean Beylier said Kagan would work to “maximise our scale advantage, foster innovation and continue to build the best operations team in the industry, to the real benefit of our customers. David’s passion and work ethic are a great fit with SpeedCast’s values”.

“I have known David for many years and have been impressed by his leadership and ability to drive operational excellence. His deep understanding of our core markets, in particular the maritime market and the energy sector, will bring tremendous value to SpeedCast.”

Kagan is expected to start with Speedcast in March and Beylier said he would be joining during a “key period as integration activities with Harris CapRock accelerate following the completion of the acquisition on 1 January”.

Beylier said a new organisational structure had recently been put in place with a focus on “agility, responsiveness and world-class customer service and support”.

“Back-end systems will soon be harmonised and employees will undergo extensive training on products and processes with the underlying objective of improving focus on our customers and intensifying organic growth.”

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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).