Former Northup Grumman senior executive Ben Palmer is be the new head of maritime for Inmarsat as veteran Ronald Spithout leaves the business.

Palmer, most recently head of Northrop Grumman’s Mission Systems division across Europe, will take over as President of Inmarsat’s maritime business from 8 November.

“Inmarsat is a company with growing momentum and I am delighted to welcome Ben Palmer to our executive team and as president of our maritime business at this pivotal time”, said Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat.  “Supported by our market-leading technology platforms, including the recently announced ORCHESTRA and ELERA networks, Inmarsat is driving a step-change in growth.”

Inmarsat say gave no reason for the departure of Spithout, who has been with the company since 1988, although praised the role he has played in the company’s development.

“I wish to pay tribute to Ronald Spithout for his long and distinguished career at Inmarsat and his years of service to our maritime customers and partners,” he said.

“His leadership helped make Fleet Xpress the success it is today and I am delighted to report that our maritime business continues to show enhanced performance which forms a solid foundation for the future.   We wish Ronald every success in the future.”

Fleet Xpress, launched in 2016, is now installed on over 11,000 vessels.

Suri took over as CEO of Inmarsat in March this year, having previously held the post of CEO of Nokia.

Source: Seatrade Maritime News