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(July 7, 2020 – New York City) – Space & Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) today announced the results of 2020 elections to its Board of Directors. The SSPI membership has elected four new Directors and re-elected three Directors to serve three-year terms beginning July 1. Newly elected and re-elected Directors include:

  • Mike Antonovich, CEO, Eutelsat Americas
  • Tony Gingiss, CEO, OneWeb Satellites
  • Katherine Gizinski, Chief Commercial Officer, ManSat
  • Christopher Johnson, President, Boeing Satellite Systems International
  • Sharyn Nerenberg, Senior Director of Corporate Communications, Hughes Network Systems
  • Mike Safyan, Vice President, Launch, Planet
  • Jeremy Turpin, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Isotropic Systems

“Members of SSPI’s Board represent the full range of our industry,” said executive director Robert Bell, “from manufacturing to launch to services, and from businesses with a long and proud legacy to new companies turning innovation into commercial success. They are driving SSPI’s mission to demonstrate the importance of space and satellite to the world and to ensure that our companies can attract and develop the talent needed to fulfill their enormous potential.”  

Continuing in service on SSPI’s Board of Directors are:

  • Jonathan Crawford, President & Chief Executive Officer, The SPACECONNECTION
  • Jonathan Hofeller, Vice-President of Commercial Sales, SpaceX
  • Keith Johnson
  • Aaron Lewis, Vice President, Corporate Communications & Government Relations, Arianespace, Inc.
  • Reza Rasoulian, Executive Advisor, Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Nicole Robinson, Senior Vice President, Global Government, SES (President)
  • Dr. Walter Scott, Chief Technology Officer, Maxar
  • Billie Sims, Vice President, Government Programs, Hunter Communications
  • Thomas van den Driessche, President and Chief Commercial Officer, ST Engineering iDirect (Chair)

Elizabeth Evans of Reed Smith LLP serves as General Council. SSPI thanks outgoing Chair David Myers, President of the Communications Sector at  Peraton, and outgoing director David Kagan, CEO of Globalstar, for their years of service to the association.

About SSPI
Founded in 1983, Space & Satellite Professionals International ( is on a mission to make the space and satellite industry one of the world’s best at attracting and engaging the talent that powers innovation. The space and satellite business has never seen a time of greater experimentation and disruption than we see today. Investment is the fuel for transformation, but people are the engine. SSPI helps the industry attract, develop and retain the talented people it needs to keep the engine turning. People who connect through high-profile events and gain recognition from prestigious awards. People who rely on SSPI for a broader understanding of the industry as much as for individual networking and career mentoring. From young people seeking a career path to industry veterans with wisdom to share, SSPI connects them all.

Talent, investment and opportunity flow to industries that make a difference. SSPI is the only organization that also promotes the enormous value of space and satellite through dramatic stories of our technologies and companies making a better world. Those stories overturn misconceptions about the industry that hold it back. They inspire our people and attract new ones to the industry. They help justify investment and give new customers a reason to care about our services and products. Through the stories we tell and the people we serve, SSPI inspires the growth of the $1 trillion space economy of the future.


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Victoria Krisman
Communications Manager
Space & Satellite Professionals International