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Eutelsat appoints Gary Donnan as Chief Innovation Officer

Gary Donnan.

Gary Donnan will join Eutelsat Communications as Chief Innovation Officer, reporting to Chief Executive Officer Rodolphe Belmer.

In this role, Gary is tasked with defining Eutelsat’s innovation roadmap and the identification and cross-functional development of innovation initiatives across the group. He will also focus on forging stronger links between Eutelsat and the external innovation ecosystem to step up the roll-out of emerging technologies throughout the company.

Gary Donnan brings experience in cross-functional and collaborative management. He joins Eutelsat after eleven years at Technicolor where he reportedly conducted large-scale transformation projects and held several key positions in the fields of technology, research and innovation, gaining expertise in the broadcasting industry. As a member of Technicolor’s Executive Committee, he was successively Executive Vice President (EVP) for Research and Innovation, then EVP for technology and standards. Prior to joining Technicolor, Gary held similar research and innovation positions at Alcatel, including research and development for the deployment of fibre, cable, radio and satellite networks in various parts of the world. He is therefore well versed in telecom technologies as a whole.

Commenting on the appointment, Rodolphe Belmer, Eutelsat CEO, said: “The appointment of Gary to Eutelsat offers a remarkable opportunity for all of us. His extensive experience within leading companies within the video and telecommunication industries will be invaluable in further aligning our innovation roadmap with the evolving requirements of our customers. This appointment is part of our strategy to accelerate our transformation in order to be more open and agile to a constantly changing environment.”