Inmarsat (LSE:ISAT.L), the provider of global mobile satellite communications services, today announced that Raymundo (Ray) Villar has joined the company as Regional Director, Aviation, Latin America.
Villar brings 17 years’ worth of business development experience from well-regarded and relevant companies; he has held senior positions at Alcatel Lucent, EMS Aviation and Honeywell Aerospace. He has joined Inmarsat from Gogo Inc., where he held the post of Regional Sales Director, Latin America.
“Ray’s credentials make him an excellent candidate to lead Inmarsat Aviation’s efforts in Latin America,” said Leo Mondale, President, Inmarsat Aviation. “Ray has an in-depth understanding of avionics which is complemented by a solid foundation in telecommunications. These, plus his extensive business experience in Latin America make Ray an exciting addition to our senior aviation team.”
Traffic in the region has increased at a rate of 5.4% for the past ten years, according to the Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association. To manage this and future growth, Airbus and Boeing anticipate that the region will require 2,000 new aircraft with seating capacity for 100 passengers or greater, over the next 20 years. Inmarsat is establishing itself as the leading provider of satellite communications in Latin America.
Villar holds a B.S. Systems Engineering degree from the US Naval Academy and an MBA in Technology Management. Villar is fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.