Mr. Diercksen became a director of Intelsat S.A. in September 2013. He currently serves as executive vice president of Verizon Communications, with responsibility for key strategic initiatives related to the review and assessment of potential mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Diercksen had served as executive vice president-Strategy, Development and Planning for Verizon from 2003 through 2012. Earlier in his career, Mr. Diercksen held a number of senior financial and leadership positions at Verizon, Bell Atlantic, and NYNEX, among others. Mr. Diercksen previously served on the board of directors of Hughes Telematics, Inc., Terremark Worldwide, Inc. and Idearc Inc. Mr. Diercksen holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Iona college and an M.B.A from Pace University.