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Issue 15
issue pic Britt Carina Horncastle is an experienced international executive and brings more than 10 years of global satellite industry experience from her tenure in leading international telecom and satellite corporations. She is currently working as an advisor in the industry while completing her law degree, which she abandoned over 30 years ago. She has previously served as COO of Arrowhead Global Solutions, a VA based government contractor following the acquisition of this company by CapRock Communications (TX) where she was VP Corporate Development.

Ms. Horncastle was CEO of Telenor's (NASDAQ:TELN) Satellite Services operations (TSS) in Maryland leading the US operations for a number of years following the acquisition of Mobile by Telenor in Norway, having previously served as the CFO of TSS at the Telenor Oslo Headquarters. She has served on several Boards including that of Intelsat (Washington DC) and Inmarsat Plc in London. In 2006, Ms. Horncastle was recognized by the World Trade Center in Baltimore for her strong leadership qualities and strategic vision and awarded Maryland's 2006 International Business Leadership Award, recognizing Telenor US among all of the 150.000 companies in the State of Maryland.

Throughout the late 1970ies and during the 1980ies Ms. Horncastle held several financial, international trade and economic development related executive and management positions in both public and private sectors. She has extensive acquisition and integration experience to compliment her operational experience and has, prior to moving to Washington DC, worked with governments, international development agencies and small and large corporations in several European countries and for many years also in East and West Africa.

Ms. Horncastle is multilingual and earned a graduate degree in Political Science combined with Finance and Administration and has studied Law at the University of Oslo.

1) How did you get started in the satellite business?

I entered the industry by pure coincidence. Best way to describe what happened is what I used to tell people when they asked; "I came from a place way down South (a cement factory in worn-torn Angola)", "shot up" and landed in "space" (more specifically the satellite business in Norway).

2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?

I think the most significant changes I have been actively involved in personally and thereby seen up close, was being part of the group of people who drove the privatization of the three large satellite consortia through; Inmarsat, Intelsat and Eutelsat, where the ownership structure of the organizations changed from being a number of government owned telcos around the world to becoming private equity and publicly held stock over a very short period of time. I have to add that it will be interesting to look back 10 years from now and see what lessons we can learn from this significant change in how to manage, develop and finance global telecom infrastructure.

3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?

The most memorable and satisfying experience for me personally was to have chaired the group of lawyers, owners and customers who successfully negotiated the distribution agreement for Intelsat's services which was to take effect on the day of privatization. Over 140 countries signed the very same distribution agreement with Intelsat and it was a significant balancing act to get everyone (and all the governments involved) to agree, especially as each of us were both owners and customers and sometimes also suppliers all rolled into one. The applause amongst the delegates from more than 100 countries in Intelsat's Astrain Room the day the privatization was a fact, spoke for itself.

4) What was the greatest obstacle?

We sometimes had difficulty convincing our owners why we wanted to spend so much money on satellite(s) as we were a terrestrially focused corporation, but we never gave up and succeeded in the end (ie we grew from small to large).

5) What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?

I think the industry will continue to grow steadily (the world needs the internet and human beings will never stop talking) and it will involve gradually involve more people from very diverse backgrounds. Parts of the industry will become much more specialized, as sectors of the industry is a typical niche driven, but the telcos will come back in and drive more and more hybrid solutions utilizing the terrestrial fiber networks in combination with the capacity on the spacecrafts. IP is a big driver and we will need creative engineering to reach out to the masses that are still not permanently connected to the www.

6) What advice do you have for women interested in entering the industry?

IF you are young and interested in joining this industry, get involved as early as possible in your carrier, either though technical sales (if engineering is your passion) or through any organization working globally, where you have a chance to learn how important communication is to function in a global environment. The world is becoming "flatter" and that the trends are global, not regional or national. Seen from a satellite the world is very small and thus the more international / global experience you have the easier it is to see the importance of this industry for global socio-economic development.


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Issue No. 15:
Women in Space

Spring 2009

General Editor Introduction

From the Guest Editor

Audrey Allison, Dir., Frequency Management Services, Boeing Shared Services Group

Anita Antenucci, Managing Dir. Houlihan Lokey's Aerospace-Defense-Government

Dr. Wanda M. Austin Pres. & CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Julie Bannerman, Gen.Counsel, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Sharri Berg, Senior V.P., News Operations, Fox News

Leslie Blaker, DataPath, Inc.

Yvonne Brill, Consultant, Satellite Tech. & Space Propulsion Systems

Michelle Bryan, Senior V.P., Human Resources, Intelsat

Dr. Angie Bukley, Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

Catherine Chang, General Counsel & Asst. Company Secretary, AsiaSat

Sabrina Cubbon, Gen. Manager, Marketing, AsiaSat

Yvette Dominguez, Manager, Payload Design Engineering Section, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Chris Ehrenbard, Dir., Broadcast Distribution, CBS

Mary Ann Elliot, Chairman of the Board, Arrowhead Global Solutions, Inc.

Celeste Ford, Founder & CEO, Stellar Solutions, Inc.

Mary Frost, former CEO, GlobeCast America

Eilene Galloway, NASA Pioneer

Carmen González-Sanfeliu, V.P., Latin America & Caribbean, Intelsat

Dawn Harms, V.P., Marketing & Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Ellen Hoff, Pres., W.L. Pritchard & Co., L.C.

Polly Rash Hollis, Satellite Industry Professional

Britt Horncastle, Satellite Consultant

Susan Irwin, Pres., Irwin Communications, Inc.

Barbara Jaffe, Senior V.P., Advanced Technology and Operations, HBO

Christine King, Deputy V.P., Technical Services & Engineering, Lockheed Martin

Betsy Kulick, Newsletter Editor & Corporate Secretary, Mobile Satellite Users Association

Penelope Longbottom, Founder & Pres., Longbottom Communications

Joanne Maguire, Exec. V.P., Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company

Andrea Maléter, Technical Dir., Futron Corporation

Joan T. Mancuso, Founder & Executive, Broadband International LLC

Dolores Martos, V.P., Sales for Latin America & Caribbean, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Brig. Gen. Susan K. Mashiko, Vice Commander, Space & Missile Systems Center, L.A. Air Force Base

Eileen McGowan, Corporate Strategy & Planning, Intelsat

Olwen Morgan, Development Engineer

Bridget Neville, V.P. & Gen. Manager, Satellite Engineering & Operations, Sirius XM Radio

Christine Paape, V.P., Space Explorers, Inc.

Rhonda Parson, Manager, Occasional-Use Sales & Traffic Division, EchoStar Satellite Services

Maj. Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Dir., National Reconnaissance Office

Jane Petro, Kennedy Space Center Deputy Director

Dr. Nongluck Phinainitisart, D.Eng., Pres., Thaicom PLC

Mary Quagliotti, Retired Major General, Army

Radhika Ramachandran, Ph.D., Counsellor (SPACE) & Technical Liaison Officer

Veena Rawat, Pres., Communications Research Centre, Canada

Joslyn Read, V.P., Regulatory Affairs, SES Americom - SES New Skies

Walda Roseman, Founder & CEO, CompassRose International, Inc.

Farah Suhanah Ahmad Sarji, General Counsel, MEASAT

Jacqueline Schenkel, Founder, Schenkel & Associates, LLC

Kay Sears, Pres., Intelsat General

Gwynne Shotwell, Pres., SpaceX

Marcia Smith, Pres., Space Technology Policy Group, LLC

Pascale Sourisse, Gen. Manager, Land & Joint Systems Division, Thales

Andy Steinem, CEO, Dahl-Morrow International

Nicole P. Stott, Astronaut, NASA

Bambi Taskarelli, Voice/Data Engineer, NBCU

Leslie Taylor, Strategic Planning Division Office of Spectrum Management, NTIA, U.S. Dept. of Commerce

Synette Tom, Marketing Dir., Sales, Space Systems/Loral, Inc.

Marjorie Rhodes Townsend, Satellite Communications Consultant

Diane Tryneski, Senior V.P., Broadcast & Studio Operations, HBO

Diane VanBeber, V.P., Investor Relations, Corporate & Marketing Communications, Intelsat

Barbara Warren, Systems Analyst, International Telecommunication Union

Zhang Yan, Gen. Manager, CITICSat and Chief Rep., Asiasat

UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, and Technology: Astronomy Blog

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