Samer Halawi was appointed Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer in January 2011. He is responsible for leading Thuraya’s strategic positioning and driving its growth as a prominent global mobile satellite operator. Prior to joining Thuraya, Halawi played a leading role in starting-up and growing a new venture involved in the digital space and focusing on mobile content, IPTV, mobile advertising, and web management. He also held various positions at Inmarsat in global strategy and running operations for the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Previously, Halawi worked in telecommunications at Flag Telecom and ICO Global Communications. Halawi holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Lawrence Technological University and an MBA with concentration in Finance from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.