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Issue 15
issue pic Dianne J. VanBeber
Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate and Marketing Communications
Intelsat, Ltd.

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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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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