Intelsat’s Kalpak Gude Selected as One of Via Satellite Magazine’s 2007 Satellite Executives of the Year
Pembroke, Bermuda, 6 February 2008
Intelsat, Ltd., the world’s leading provider of fixed satellite services, today announced that the editors of Access Intelligence’s Via Satellite magazine have selected Kalpak Gude, Intelsat’s Deputy General Counsel, as one of its Satellite Executives of the Year for 2007.
Via Satellite magazine will showcase Gude and his business accomplishments in its “Executive of the Year” cover feature in the March 2008 issue. Likewise, Gude will address attendees during the Satellite Executive of the Year 2007 award luncheon address at this year’s SATELLITE 2008 conference and exhibition on Wednesday, 27 February, at the Washington, D.C., Convention Center.
Gude — alongside Kengi Chen, Director, Spectrum Management and Operational Planning for Inmarsat; and John Lothian, Vice President, Space Development at SES, fought for the industry — fought to convince governments and users around the world about the importance of C-band satellite spectrum, taking on international mobile equipment suppliers seeking a terrestrial allocation of the C-band spectrum.
“This year’s Satellite Executives of the Year were integral in fending off terrestrial companies seeking a foothold in the C-band spectrum,” said Jason Bates, editor of Via Satellite. “These three executives led the industry’s ‘No Change’ campaign, which helped ensure that satellite operators will have unfettered access to this critical band for years to come.”
“This is really an honor for the entire Intelsat team that dedicated such efforts in ensuring vital C-band spectrum would remain allocated for the global satellite industry,” said Gude. “Intelsat’s industry-leading talent is completely focused on providing fast, reliable worldwide communications. Our dedication efforts in protecting the C-band will enable the satellite industry to continue offering essential video, voice and network fixed and mobile communications services. Intelsat is proud to have taken a leading role in this important event, and the results have been phenomenal.”
“Kalpak Gude and his colleagues faced many challenges and achieved outstanding results for our customers around the world,” said Phil Spector, Intelsat’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel. “As the FSS sector leader, Intelsat is focused on protecting and progressing our collective interests, ensuring a foundation for next-generation satellite communications. We are fortunate to have talented experts like Kalpak and his team leading industry efforts.”