Thuraya Appoints Stephen O’Neill as Board Member

Dubai, 13 April 2015: Thuraya Telecommunications Company today announced the appointment of Stephen O’Neill to its Board of Directors (as of 31st of March). Until 2014, O’Neill was President of Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc (BSSI) and Vice President of Commercial Satellite Systems for Space and Intelligence Systems (S&IS) within Boeing Defense, Space & Security. 

O’Neill has 37 years of experience in the aerospace industry, principally involved in satellite and launch vehicle programs. His expertise ranges across engineering, manufacturing, supplier management, business management, business development and program management. Steve served for many years as a pilot in the American Air Force.

With Thuraya having completed an impressive turnaround program over the last 4 years, O'Neill will strengthen Thuraya’s strategic planning as it looks to developing unique and innovative next-generation capability with global reach.

Mr. Ahmad Abdulkarim Julfar, Chairman of Thuraya’s Board of Directors said, “We welcome Steve to our Board of Directors.  He is an exciting addition to our Board as his expertise in the aerospace industry will help shape the strategy for Thuraya’s growth and next generation capabilities, enabling the Company to expand on its leadership position in the mobile satellite services industry.”

Thuraya is the market leader in mobile satellite handheld solutions with over 50% market share within its coverage area, which spans 160 countries in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia. After double-digit revenue growth over the past three years, Thuraya continues to outperform its competitors and build a strong pipeline of innovative products, including Maritime and M2M, to maintain the company’s growth. Planning is currently underway for Thuraya’s next generation capabilities which includes designing a system based on the market requirements for the future. 

About Thuraya:
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. For more information, visit:

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