Satcom Direct, the leading provider of satellite voice and broadband data solutions for flight deck and cabin communications, has bolstered its international management team with the appointment of Derek Donahue as Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa, (EEMEA).
Based in the Dubai, UAE office, Donahue assumes his new role with immediate effect and is responsible for managing the Satcom Direct offices in Moscow, Dubai, and Cape Town, in addition to marketing, sales, support and operational activities in the extended region of Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Donahue moves to Dubai following a period of three years working at Satcom Direct’s International Headquarters at TAG Farnborough Airport, UK, as Business Development Director for Europe.
The Dubai office, which opened in 2013, has built an impressive portfolio of elite clients across the Middle East from the VVIP, government and business aviation sectors who are using the full range of Satcom Direct products, technical training, support and satcom system consultation services. In his new role Donahue will continue to expand this region’s client base, in addition to strengthening Satcom Direct’s footprint in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Africa.
“This is an exciting time for these regions. They each present their own set of opportunities and with Satcom Direct’s extensive product portfolio we can provide definitive solutions for each market. We focus on providing extensive support for our customers, and having a local presence to support our global service means we can truly understand the customer’s requirements and meet their needs for airborne connectivity,” commented Donahue on working in the region.
Donahue will report into Chris Moore, chief commercial officer for Satcom Direct International, who said, “We are pleased to have a regional director with Derek’s capabilities leading our EEMEA region. The Middle East has embraced the Satcom Direct presence, and we expect to see exceptional growth with Derek at the helm.”
Donahue was educated at University of Massachusetts, Boston and Eastern Florida State College where he graduated in Electrical Engineering. His experience supporting Satcom Direct with its international growth means he is well positioned to support Satcom Direct’s development in the EEMEA regions.