July 18, 2024

Martijn Blanken Elected As Neo Space Group’s New CEO

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NSG Board of Directors, chaired by H.E. Abdullah AlSwaha, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, appoints Martijn Blanken as CEO
NEO SPACE GROUP announces international telecoms & technology veteran Martijn Blanken as new group CEO. Image Courtesy: NEO SPACE GROUP

NEO SPACE GROUP (NSG), Saudi Arabia’s national space champion that is leading efforts to develop the space industry in the Kingdom, has announced international telecoms industry veteran Martijn Blanken as its new Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

NEO SPACE GROUP (NSG) is Saudi Arabia’s leading commercial communications and technology space company that is unlocking the potential of space for the Kingdom and the world
NEO SPACE GROUP (NSG) is Saudi Arabia’s leading commercial communications and technology space company that is unlocking the potential of space for the Kingdom and the world

Industry sources added that NSG is seeking to unlock the potential of space, from Saudi Arabia to the world by delivering advanced satellite communication services through different orbits. Furthermore, it will invest in innovative new start-ups and entrepreneurs, partner with world-class space companies, and localize key activities to the Kingdom. The prime focus of NSG is to become a global leader in space, driving innovation worldwide for a better future while transforming and inspiring society.

Industry sources further added that as part of this ambitious strategy, the Board of Directors of NSG has appointed Martijn Blanken as its CEO. Mr. Blanken brings over 25 years of experience in the global telecommunications and technology industry, to his new role.

Industry sources confirmed that Mr. Blanken joins NSG from EXA Infrastructure, the leading dedicated digital infrastructure platform connecting Europe and North America, where he was their CEO. Before joining EXA, he served as a senior advisor to Squared Capital, a global infrastructure investment firm. He has also held key roles as Group Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer at Telstra Corporation and a member of its Executive Committee. During his tenure at Telstra, he was also the CEO of Telstra Global which under his leadership transformed into the leading service provider in Asia Pacific.

Mr. Blanken stated: “It’s a true privilege to lead NSG. The space industry is rapidly transforming and is wide open for disruption, so the launch of NSG is very well-timed. We believe that by putting the customer’s need at the center of everything we do, leveraging existing assets in the industry in combination with investments in new capabilities, we will be able to become an effective disrupter and challenger brand in the global space economy and a national champion for Saudi´s space ambitions.”

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