Two Independent Members to Join Thuraya Board of Directors

Abu Dhabi, 2nd April 2012: Thuraya, the leading international mobile satellite operator, concluded elections of a new Board of Directors at its Annual General Meeting on April 1st. With those elections, two independent members join the Board for a term of 3 years. They are Mr. Michael Butler, former President & Chief Operating Officer of Inmarsat and Mr. Charles W. Moore, President of Lockheed Martin Global, ME and Africa. Thuraya will benefit greatly from their combined experience and from the perspective they bring to an already highly experienced and diverse Board of Directors.

Thuraya's Chairman, Mr. Mohammad Omran, said on this auspicious occasion, "We are pleased to welcome two independent members of our Board of Directors, Mr. Michael Butler and Mr. Charles W. Moore. Mr. Butler has extensive leadership and business experience in the global market for mobile satellite communications. Mr. Moore brings vast experience in the Defense sector. Their backgrounds, capabilities and insights will help ensure that Thuraya continues to extend its position as a major player in the global MSS business".

Mr. Michael Butler said, "I am delighted to be joining the board of Thuraya at such an exciting time in its development. The MSS market is vibrant and growing and Thuraya has an expanding portfolio of innovative products and services to offer to its ever increasing base of Corporate & Government customers. I'm confident that Thuraya is poised to become a major player in mobile Broadband services."

Mr. Charles W. Moore said, "As an internationally recognized brand in satellite communication services, Thuraya has built a solid reputation for market excellence amongst its global distribution network and customer base. I am proud to be a member of the Thuraya Board of Directors."

Thuraya is the market leader in mobile satellite handheld services, with a market share of more than 60%, within a coverage area that spans over 140 countries, representing two-thirds of the world's population.

About Thuraya (

Thuraya is a leading international mobile satellite services operator that provides quality, affordable satellite communication solutions in more than 140 countries across Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Australia, and to the rest of the world through its unique dual-mode satellite/terrestrial solutions.

Thuraya’s portfolio encompasses data, voice and maritime products and services that support dual GSM and satellite mode and advanced applications, to provide people and businesses with constant connectivity when they need it most. Thuraya specifically designs successful satellite communication solutions for vertical sectors such as energy, media, government, NGOs and maritime.

Thuraya’s robust, powerful satellite network enables two-thirds of the globe’s population to communicate clearly and effectively in areas underserved by terrestrial networks.

Thuraya was founded in 1997 by a consortium of leading national telecommunications operators and reputed regional and international investment firms, and is the world’s leading provider of mobile satellite handhelds in its coverage area, with nearly 60% market share.

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Ebrahim K. Ebrahim
Vice President – Marketing & Corporate Communications
Thuraya Telecommunications Co.
Post Box 283333 Dubai, UAE
Tel: 971-4-4488-828
Fax: 971-4-4488-899

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