Mark Rigolle takes the helm at ABS

17 April 2024

ABS has appointed Mark Rigolle as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective 29 April 2024.

Mark brings a wealth of experience in the satellite communications sector, having held positions with GEO, MEO and LEO satellite operators in various capacities including executive, non-executive, advisor, and co-founder. He has been associated with satellite and space development projects in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Mark will be based in ABS' office in Dubai, UAE.

“I am very excited to join ABS at this pivotal time for the company and indeed the whole FSS industry,” said Mark Rigolle. “ABS is uniquely positioned to demonstrate how the sector can return to growth after many years of contraction. We have the assets, the people, the capabilities, and supportive shareholders to make that happen. I look forward to working with our current and future customers and partners as we support them in expanding their businesses.”

“The ABS board is delighted to welcome Mark. The exceptional breadth of his experience in our industry will enable him to hit the ground running. We look forward to benefiting from his leadership and from his insights into multi-orbit constellations during this time of rapid market evolution,” said Parm Sandhu, chairman of ABS.

Mark has previously served as CFO of SES and CEO of O3b Networks and was a co-founder of Kacific before becoming the CEO of LeoSat and later KLEO Connect. Most recently he was the COO of Rivada Space Networks. Mark holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Leuven, Belgium and is fluent in English, French and Dutch.