Two new hires add strength to Thuraya maritime team

Strong demand for new broadband terminals sees UAE-based mobile satellite operator recruit experienced industry executives to drive maritime business

Dubai, September 1, 2014 – Thuraya Telecommunications, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator has strengthened its maritime commercial team to reflect its growing presence in the shipping and fishery sectors.

Leticia Diaz Del Rio joins the organization as Market Development Manager, Maritime, based in Dubai, while Phoebe Wang joins the Company as Sales Manager, Maritime, based in Singapore.

As a member of the Market Development team, Leticia will be responsible for directly generating customer demand, identifying and cultivating new opportunities to sell Thuraya’s maritime products and services through direct engagement with end-users and service partners around the globe.

She brings a wealth of experience across all maritime segments gained at the satellite operator and service provider level derived from her previous positions in Inmarsat, as part of the Maritime Market Development team, and in Satlink where she served the fishing industry addressing both end-user and governmental markets.

Phoebe Wang will join the Distribution team to support sales of Thuraya’s maritime products and services in Asia through its established distribution channels, identifying opportunities and strategies to grow the maritime business in this crucial maritime location.

Phoebe has worked for leading maritime service providers including Navarino and Globecomm where she served as Business Development Manager focusing on the Asia Pacific region for direct sales business.

Welcoming the appointments, Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President, Commercial at Thuraya, said: “The market response to Thuraya’s maritime broadband terminals has been tremendous. To best support our burgeoning maritime business, we’ve brought on board two highly experienced industry professionals. I welcome both Leticia and Phoebe to a dynamic team that is providing genuine choice to users across the shipping and small vessel markets. The skills and experience that they bring to Thuraya will help drive our maritime business and put our products in the hands of more end users.”

Thuraya’s market-driven approach to the MSS sector has seen it outpace the industry’s average growth over the past two years, thanks to a strong focus on addressing customer needs. The maritime product portfolio at Thuraya has expanded in 2014 with the addition of two new broadband terminals to reflect market demand for alternative solutions. The Thuraya Orion IP terminal started shipping in early 2014 to support customers looking for good value in a solid maritime terminal. Thuraya Atlas IP terminal was announced in June and will begin shipping later in 2014, supporting an added value level of voice and data communications. 

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, Thuraya
Tel: + 971-4-4488-888

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