Viasat has appointed Jim Dodd, as president of Global Mobile Solutions, Peter Langkilde, as vice president and Head of Broadband Services for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Dr. Krishna Nathan, as chief information officer (CIO) to expand its global leadership team, the company announced on Thursday.
"The addition of Jim, Peter and Krishna represent a big step in that evolution. These are three highly-respected leaders in their fields. They are passionate visionaries with decades of experience successfully leading global organizations and programs," said Rick Baldridge, president and chief operating officer (COO) at Viasat.
Dodd brings over 30 years of experience in strategy and business development to Viasat. In his new role, he will broaden Viasat's mobility opportunities, strategically aligning current and future satellite capabilities with global mobility sector needs.
Prior to joining Viasat, Dodd held a number of senior-level aviation management and engineering roles at The Boeing Company. He focused on complex Department of Defense and international contracted programs, where he supervised strategic planning, execution, engineering and business development.
"Jim will play a critical role in expanding opportunities and our customer base in domestic and international mobility markets, Peter will be responsible for growing our broadband services business throughout EMEA and Krishna will lead our platform, automation and artificial intelligence (AI) deployment efforts across engineering, business and corporate segments."
Langkilde has a deep understanding of the global mobile sector with over 30 years of experience in the sector. In his position with Viasat, he will supervise the company’s broadband services growth, including residential, business and community internet opportunities across EMEA. He will also oversee launch preparations for ViaSat-3 services in the upcoming years.
Before he was appointed as vice president, Langkilde co-founded Virgin Mobile headquarters across the globe. Additionally, Langkilde co-founded Afrimax Vodafone and served as CEO. He has ample experience as a leader, holding various leadership roles, including president and network operator with global industries.
Nathan, Viasat’s new CIO, has more than 25 years of experience, curating her knowledge with Next Generation IT services. In his position, he will lead the company’s digital transformation and platform initiatives, using analytics, customer-experience-centric processes, data-driven decision-making, automation and AI to enable global scalability and quick response to changing market dynamics.
He has previously served as CIO of S&P Global, where he led a change management effort to embrace new business models based on emerging technologies like blockchain and AI. In the role, he also supervised cloud-based model integration. He has also held senior leadership positions with IBM, where he lead research and product development.
"We're confident Jim, Peter and Krishna will complement Viasat's current management team. They are all great collaborators and will be instrumental in driving global initiatives around the ViaSat-3 constellation launch and our next phase of accelerated services growth," added Baldridge.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people's lives anywhere they are—on the ground, in the air or at sea.