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Satellite Industry Association Congratulates Doreen Bogdan-Martin on Her Election as the New Head of The International Telecommunication Union

Washington, D.C., September 29, 2022 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today congratulated Doreen Bogdan-Martin who was elected as the new Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Ms. Bogdan-Martin becomes the first female head of the ITU which elected its senior management team at the Plenipotentiary Conference in Bucharest, Romania.

Founded in 1865 to facilitate international connectivity in communications networks, ITU is the United Nations specialized agency promoting the extension of telecommunications services worldwide. ITU allocates global radio spectrum and satellite orbits, develops the technical standards that ensure networks and technologies seamlessly interconnect, and strives to improve access to information and communications technologies (ICTs) to underserved communities worldwide.

“As President of the Satellite Industry Association, I am pleased to congratulate Ms. Bogdan-Martin on becoming the new Secretary-General of the ITU,” said Tom Stroup, president of SIA.  “Ms. Bogdan-Martin has dedicated much of herself to the advancement of global internet connectivity and bridging the digital divide for the nearly 3 billion plus persons around the globe unconnected to the internet. As the domestic satellite industry continues to grow at an unprecedented rate, SIA and its members look forward to working with Ms. Bogdan-Martin and her ITU leadership team on global satellite internet connectivity as well as spectrum management, orbits and other commercial satellite issues.”

Four years ago at PP-18, Ms. Bogdan-Martin was elected Director of the ITU’s Bureau of Telecommunication Development (BDT), becoming the first woman to be elected to one of the ITU’s five leadership positions in the Union’s 153-year history.  She has dedicated 28 years to promoting telecommunications and connectivity. She began her career as a telecommunications policy specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration or NTIA. She joined ITU in 1994.

About The Satellite Industry Association

SIA is a U.S.-based trade association providing representation of the leading satellite operators, service providers, manufacturers, launch services providers, and ground equipment suppliers. For more than two decades, SIA has advocated on behalf of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory, and legislative issues affecting the satellite business. For more information, visit

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; The Boeing Company; DIRECTV; EchoStar Corporation; HawkEye 360; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; Northrop Grumman; OneWeb; Planet; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc. SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; The Aerospace Corporation; Artel, LLC; AST & Science; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Aurora Insight; Blue Origin; Comtech; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Lynk; Omnispace; OneWeb Technologies; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton; SpaceLink; Telesat Canada; ULA and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: ARA; COMSAT; Davis Wright Tremaine; Envistacom, LLC; EVONA; Genus Group; Hogan Lovells; Integrasys LLC; Kencast; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; Orange Business Services; Orbital Research; Plexus Corp; Sheppard Mullin; Skylo Technologies and Wiley