Mark Courtney appointed as General Counsel for Thuraya

DUBAI, UAE, August 19, 2014 - Thuraya Telecommunications, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator today announced the appointment of Mark Courtney as General Counsel. Mark leads the Legal Affairs Department where he is responsible for providing counsel on corporate strategy, key contract negotiation, regulatory affairs, policies and procedures as well as legal strategy and compliance. He reports to Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya and will serve as a member of the Company’s Leadership Team.

“We’ve just completed the first phase of Thuraya’s transformation and are growing revenues faster than the industry.  The next phase of transformation for us is crucial as we expand our ecosystem of partnerships, grow our product portfolio and plan for our next-generation constellation,” said Samer Halawi, Chief Executive Officer of Thuraya. “With over 17 years of experience, Mark will be a key member of our Executive Team to drive our strategy forward. He has been part of leadership teams that have grown their international telecommunications businesses significantly. His background in the communications and technology sectors, strength in strategic negotiations, IP and commercial agreements will be critical in supporting our continued growth and transformation.”

Prior to Thuraya, Mark was the Chief Legal Officer for Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa based in Dubai, where he negotiated strategic agreements with mobile operators in the region and joint ventures with investors. He was also Head of Group Legal for Carphone Warehouse Group PLC, where he facilitated the company’s acquisition and integration of AOL Broadband UK and negotiated the joint venture with AOL. Mark is a qualified English Barrister and graduated from Leeds University in the United Kingdom with a LL B from the Inns of Court School of Law in London. 

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company

Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit

For further information please contact:

Shereen Hanafi, Director of Communications
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888

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