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Satellite Industry Association Supports Doreen Bogdan-Martin’s Candidacy for ITU Secretary General

Washington, D.C., April 1, 2021 – The Satellite Industry Association (SIA) today announced its strong support for the candidacy of Doreen Bogdan-Martin as the United States’ candidate to become the next Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

In 2018, 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 five leadership positions in the ITU’s 153-year history.  She has dedicated 28 years to promoting telecommunications and connectivity and has a proven track record of accomplishment.  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 the ITU in 1994, where she led the policy and regulatory reforms program. Prior to becoming the head of the ITU’s BDT, Ms. Bogdan-Martin served as the ITU’s Chief of Strategic Planning and Membership.

“As President of the Satellite Industry Association, I am pleased to strongly support the candidacy of Ms. Bogdan-Martin to become the next leader of the ITU,” said Tom Stroup, president of SIA.  “As a long-time public servant, Ms. Bogdan-Martin has dedicated much of her career to the ITU’s many goals, including the advancement of global connectivity and bridging the digital divide for the nearly 4 billion persons unconnected to the internet.  Because satellites have the unique capability of providing ubiquitous global connectivity, this is an objective shared by many within the commercial satellite industry. I am proud to endorse Ms. Bogdan-Martin’s candidacy on behalf of SIA.”

The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency promoting the extension of telecommunications services worldwide, including the global allocation of radiofrequency spectrum and management of orbital resources.   The ITU is vital for American satellite industry’s interests.

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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 www.sia.org.

SIA Executive Members include: Amazon; AT&T Services, Inc.; The Boeing Company; EchoStar Corporation; Intelsat S.A.; Iridium Communications Inc.; Kratos Defense & Security Solutions; Ligado Networks; Lockheed Martin Corporation; OneWeb; SES Americom, Inc.; Space Exploration Technologies Corp.; Spire Global Inc.; and Viasat Inc. SIA Associate Members include: ABS US Corp.; Amazon Web Services; Artel, LLC; AST & Science; Astranis Space Technologies Corp.; Blue Origin; Eutelsat America Corp.; ExoAnalytic Solutions; HawkEye 360; Hughes; Inmarsat, Inc.; Kymeta Corporation; Leonardo DRS; Lynk; Omnispace; Ovzon; Panasonic Avionics Corporation; Peraton; Planet; Telesat Canada; ULA; and XTAR, LLC. SIA Affiliate Members include: The Aerospace Corporation; Akash Systems Inc.; AQYR Technologies; COMSAT; Envistacom, LLC; Integrasys LLC, Kaman Precision Products; Kencast; Keysight Technologies, Inc.; Media Broadcast Satellite; NB+C; Plexus Corp; Sheppard Mullin; Skylo Technologies; and Wiley

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