BridgeComm, Inc., a leader in optical wireless communications (OWC) solutions and services, today announced that Michael Abad-Santos has joined the company as senior vice president of business development and strategy. Abad-Santos’ 20-plus years of telecommunications and satellite experience will help BridgeComm grow its global market share of the commercial and government sector.
Abad-Santos’ most recent executive roles include Trustcomm chief commercial officer and senior vice president, Americas, at LeoSat Enterprises, where he led commercial activities, strategy development and execution in the Americas region, as well as government activities worldwide. At LeoSat, he also helped secure pre-series A investments from two strategic investment partners and more than $2 billion in pre-launch memorandums of understanding for commercial services.
During a decade at Inmarsat, Abad-Santos served as senior vice president of its global government division, and director of Department of Defense (DoD) solutions. He also is a consultant at the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University working with DoD leadership on the intersection of software engineering and space and weapons systems development.
“BridgeComm has spent the past two years lining up key partners such as Es’hailSat, NASA and SITAEL to solidify its government market leadership domestically and in Europe, the Middle East and other regions,” Abad-Santos says. “I’m excited to join a company that’s innovating and disrupting the global communications market as quickly as it’s growing.”
“Michael knows how to spot and seize opportunities,” says BridgeComm CEO Barry A. Matsumori. “His rare combination of executive experience and global industry relationships will be key for taking BridgeComm’s growth to the next level, including in the burgeoning 5G mobile sector.”
BridgeComm is a global leader in optical wireless communications solutions and services. Through a global network of ground stations designed to support complimentary fixed and mobile terminals, the company provides fast, secure, enterprise-grade broadband services for a variety of markets, including space exploration, terrestrial networks for 5G connectivity and applications, and airborne lasercom for prominent applications including intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, in-flight entertainment and backhaul. More information can be found at www.bridgecomminc.com.