Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate and Marketing Communications
Ms. Dianne J. VanBeber serves as Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate & Marketing Communications for Intelsat, Ltd., joining the company in July 2001. In this role, Ms. VanBeber plays a key role in Intelsat's financial markets activities and leads the company's investor relations program. Ms. VanBeber established Intelsat's employee communications program, leads Intelsat's media relations programs and serves as company spokesperson.
Ms. VanBeber has more than 15 years experience in the satellite industry. Previously an officer of Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., Ms. VanBeber was appointed Vice President, Investor Relations in 1998. In addition to creating Gilat's investor relations program, Ms. VanBeber was heavily involved in Gilat's broadband satellite initiatives. From 1994 to 1998, Ms. VanBeber served in a variety of business development and marketing leadership roles at GE Capital Spacenet Services, ending as Vice President, Marketing.
Ms. VanBeber holds an MBA in Finance and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Kansas.
1) How did you get started in the satellite business?
I joined Spacenet in 1990 as a business manager in its government business. Before long I was Director of Pricing for the VSAT business and that is when my passion for the satellite business began.
2) How have you been involved in changes brought about in or by this business (innovations, technologies, services)?
One of the most exciting parts of my career was being part of the beginning of consumer broadband via satellite, while working for Gilat in the late 1990s. It was exciting for the industry to be part of the broadband craze, and it was a great development.
3) What do you think was the greatest event/situation/opportunity you experienced?
It was fascinating and gratifying to be part of the team as PanAmSat and Intelsat came together in 2006. The industry predicted it would be the biggest culture clash of all time. Instead, we proactively discussed the culture differences and found out that at heart we were all satellite nerds! My colleagues are passionate about our business and the services that we enable for our customers and the world. With so many acquisitions marked by failure to create value for shareholders, I am proud to have been part of a transaction that created a lot of value for shareholders AND customers.
4)What do you see happening in the next five years in this industry?
I believe that opportunities related to mobile applications will increase dramatically. I also think that satellite operators will complete the transition to infrastructure and will be required to be even further integrated with fiber, wireless and other terrestrial technologies.
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