Eutelsat has appointed Gary Donnan its chief innovation officer, effective October 29.
In this role he will report to CEO Rodolphe Belmer and be tasked with defining Eutelsat’s innovation roadmap and the identification and cross-functional development of innovation initiatives across the group. He will also focus on forging stronger links between Eutelsat and the external innovation ecosystem to step up the roll-out of emerging technologies throughout the company.
Donnan brings significant experience in cross-functional and collaborative management. He joins Eutelsat after 11 years at Technicolor where he conducted large-scale transformation projects and held several key positions in the fields of technology, research and innovation, gaining expertise in the broadcasting industry. As a member of Technicolor’s executive committee, he was successively executive VP (EVP) for research and innovation, then EVP for technology and standards. Prior to joining Technicolor, he held similar research and innovation positions at Alcatel, including research and development for the deployment of fibre, cable, radio and satellite networks in various parts of the world.
Commenting on the appointment, Belmer said: “The appointment of Gary to Eutelsat offers a remarkable opportunity for all of us. His extensive experience within leading companies within the video and telecommunication industries will be invaluable in further aligning our innovation roadmap with the evolving requirements of our customers. This appointment is part of our strategy to accelerate our transformation in order to be more open and agile to a constantly changing environment.”