Arabsat’s CTO Dr. Badr bin Nasser Al-Suwaidan has been appointed the organisation’s new CEO, replacing Eng. Khalid bin Ahmed Balkheyour, who resigned from the position.
At the same time, H.E Eng. Haitham Al-Ohali, Saudi Arabia’s vice minister of telecommunications and information technology, has been appointed the chairman of Arabsat’s board of directors.
Before joining Arabsat, Dr. Badr Al-Suwaidan worked as a supervisor of the Institute of Research and Space in King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia and participated in several programs and space missions, including working on the first Saudi Geo-orbiting satellite SG1 in cooperation with Arabsat, and the Saudi satellite “Sat 4” in cooperation with the US Space Agency NASA.
H.E, the chairman of the board of directors, Eng. Haitham Al-Ohali, said: “Arabsat succeeded in embodying the spirit of the Arab League Charter and strengthening the ties & the joint Arab work among the Arab League states economically, culturally and in other developmental fields. Also, since its establishment in 1976, Arabsat has succeeded in broadcasting the message of the Arab world to more than 170 million viewers in more than 100 countries around the world.
“I am looking forward to working together with the members of the board and the executive management to complete Arabsat’s mission”.