Press Release: GSOA Appoints New Director General

Brussels, 9th November 2022 – The Global Satellite Operators Association (GSOA) announced today that Isabelle Mauro will be joining the association as its new Director General in February 2023.

A highly experienced communications and tech industry executive, prior to joining GSOA Isabelle spent seven years at the World Economic Forum, where she led the agenda for the Information, Communications & Technology (ICT) industry, leading global initiatives aimed at accelerating inclusive and sustainable digital transformation.

Isabelle previously spent fifteen years at the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA), working in a variety of senior roles including Director of GSM Europe and Head of International Affairs. During her time at GSMA, she led that association’s advocacy agenda with governments, regulators and international organisations. Isabelle was also the architect of the ‘Ministerial Programme’, a landmark gathering of industry leaders and policy makers at the annual Mobile World Congress.

Rajeev Suri, CEO of Inmarsat and Chair of GSOA, said: “At this crucial point in the history of our industry, I am delighted that Isabelle Mauro will be joining GSOA as its new Director General in February next year. Her wealth of experience will help ensure that the voice of the satellite industry is heard by leaders and policymakers globally and that, as an industry, our contribution to building a sustainable and prosperous future is recognised.

“I wish also to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution of our outgoing Secretary General, Aarti Holla-Maini, who has worked tirelessly for over 18 years on behalf of the satellite industry.  We wish Aarti well for the future and thank her for so many years of dedicated service.”

Isabelle Mauro said: “Satellite is one of the most exciting and dynamic industry sectors today, with an increasingly competitive landscape.  It is an industry that is making a transformative contribution to global society, accelerating positive impact on the global economy and the environment.

“It is an honour to be joining the GSOA and I look forward to working with all its members, as we strive with one voice to leverage the enabling power of satellite communications, to enable a connected future that delivers growth and prosperity to the entire global population.”

Isabelle Mauro was educated in the United Kingdom, earning a Master of Science in European Politics from the London Schools of Economics. She is also non-executive Chair of digitalgoes.green, an international non-for-profit organisation committed to creating eco-responsible digital services, and non-executive member of the Global Advisory Board of Women in Tech, an international non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector.