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Global leader in satellite communications makes executive appointments to broaden
networking expertise and strengthen corporate strategy.

Herndon, VA., 11 October 2023 - ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, has announced two new strategic appointments to its leadership team.

Sridhar Kuppanna has been appointed as its new Senior Vice President of Engineering. With over 25 years of experience in managing global R&D teams, driving innovation and bringing new products to market, Kuppanna will focus on the development and delivery of ST Engineering iDirect’s next generation platform. He joins from Ribbon Communications where he held responsibilities for delivering industry-leading Secure Cloud Communications solutions to service providers and large enterprise customers around the world.

Cynthia Harty, Senior Vice President of Corporate Strategy, has been appointed to the leadership team. Leading the Corporate Strategy team, Harty will focus on standards-based innovation, strengthening industry relationships and expanding ST Engineering iDirect’s presence in the broader telecommunications ecosystem. In her 23 years with ST Engineering iDirect, Harty has held multiple leadership roles across sales, strategy and business development, contributing to its growth.

Don Claussen, ST Engineering iDirect CEO, said, "In this rapidly evolving satellite landscape, we remain focused on our mission - to unite GEO, LEO and MEO and seamlessly integrate with the terrestrial environment as we transition our products and capabilities to software-defined networks. Our commitment is unwavering - we will lead the charge in establishing industry standards to enable a global, multi-domain, cloud-enabled telecom model for our customers.”


Media contact:

Martyn Gettings
Tank PR

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