- Satellite Evolution
OneWeb expands mobility team with senior aviation and land appointments
OneWeb, the low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite communications company, has strengthened its Mobility team under VP Mobility Services Ben Griffin with a trio of experienced professionals – in the UK and USA. OneWeb is ramping up its work to deliver high-speed, unparalled low latency, reliable connectivity across all mobility platforms, including commercial and business aviation, land and marine.
OneWeb's Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of over 600 satellites will connect people everywhere, on land, at sea and in the air. Its ambition is to facilitate “a connectivity experience that is limited only by the users' imagination, not the available bandwidth."
“I’m very pleased to be adding to my team with these three stellar professionals,” said Ben Griffin, OneWeb VP Mobility Services. “Together, we are working on some exciting strategies and partnerships that will disrupt the mobility connectivity market for years to come. We are focused on driving these forward and sharing our news over the next few months.”
Jason Sperry appointed Director – Business aviation
Jason Sperry joins OneWeb as Director, Business Aviation, based out of Melbourne, Florida. Sperry brings a wealth of experience from the IFC service provision perspective, including significant satellite provider insight spanning both GEO and LEO technologies.
At OneWeb, Jason is responsible for delivering fibre-like connectivity solutions to business jet owners, operators, and end users - passengers and crew alike.
He joins from SD (Satcom Direct), where for the past six years he was Director, Strategy and Business, having joined the business in 2016 as director of product management (hardware).
Graduating from the Florida Institute of Technology with a degree in engineering, his career initially centred on engineering and avionics hardware. At OneWeb, Jason will combine his technical experience with strong commercial aptitude to understand the needs of OneWeb’s partners, delivering solutions which are commercially and technically innovative.
Drew Brandy – Director, Land Mobility
Drew Brandy joins OneWeb as Director, Land Mobility after 13 plus years with Inmarsat, latterly as Senior VP Maritime, progressing from VP Strategy and Development. Based out of London, Drew will be responsible for setting and executing OneWeb’s land mobility portfolio strategy, working closely with the mobility team members.
He brings considerable experience having worked with several large telecom operators in business and corporate strategy in both North America and Europe. Brandy holds an Honours Degree in Sociology and Communications from York University, Canada and an MBA from Henley Management College.
Nick Maynard – Marketing Director, Mobility
Stepping up from an initial consultancy role over the past 14 months, Nick Maynard becomes full-time Marketing Director (Mobility), based out of the UK. Maynard brings over 25 years’ relevant experience in marketing and communications working out of the UK and UAE, supporting several blue-chip aviation companies - inhouse and with agencies OglivyOne and Carlson.
Most recently, he served nearly 10 years with Honeywell Aerospace in marketing and comms, latterly as Channel Partner Marketing Manager, building relationships for Honeywell’s valued suppliers around the world.
“What OneWeb is doing is transformational and game changing. I am pleased to be able to help play a part in our goal to connect business aviation. Inflight connectivity has become ever more important in business aviation, a sector which is sophisticated, technologically advanced, personalised, secure - bringing family, friends and colleagues together in the most efficient way.” – Jason Sperry.
“Everyone is talking about OneWeb and the significant change its solutions will bring. I’m looking forward to leading the land mobility team and working closely with mobility colleagues to innovate connectivity and bring improved safety and sustainability through connectivity to trains, buses, trucks and so many other use-cases.” – Drew Brandy.
“Joining OneWeb, I am working alongside a motivated and talented team committed to realising the mission of connecting people everywhere, on land, at sea and in the air. This matters because OneWeb's global spaced-based communications network has the power to connect the most remote businesses and communities on Earth. We’re bridging the digital divide, providing the opportunity for people everywhere to realise their full potential” – Nick Maynard