Wednesday, 31 October 2018 12:13

Telco, tech veteran Malone takes chairman role at Sky and Space Global Featured

Telco, tech industry veteran Michael Malone Telco, tech industry veteran Michael Malone

Australian-listed satellite company Sky and Space Global has appointed 25-year telco and technology industries veteran Michael Malone as its chairman.

Prior to his Sky and Space (ASX:SAS) role, Malone held multiple director and chairman positions at both listed and unlisted companies, and currently holds board roles at a number of large companies including SpeedCast, Superloop, Diamond Cyber, Seven West Media and national broadband company NBN Co.

In 1993, Malone founded iiNet, Western Australia’s first Internet service provider, and also founded .auDA, the industry body for all .au domain names.

Malone also founded Austism West, a charity supporting families of children on the spectrum, and Diamond Cyber, a company established to provide military grade information security to the private sector.

He has been recognised with a raft of industry accolades, including Australian Entrepreneur of the Year, the First Among Equals in the 40 under 40, and  CEO of the Year in the Australian Telecom’s Industry Awards.

Sky and Space Global says the appointment of Malone signals the completion of Brett Mitchell’s tenure as non-executive director at SAS.

The company said in a statement that Mitchell remains committed to the company’s growth and will remain the board’s lead corporate advisor, through his firm Chieftain Securities.

“The Board would like to thank Mr Mitchell for his key role in the financing, corporate development and growth of SAS over the past three years, for bringing the company to the ASX and for his ongoing commitment to the successes of the company,” the statement says.

Peter Wall, the incumbent chairman, will transition to the role of non-executive director.

Commenting on his appointment, Malone said: “I am delighted to join the Sky and Space team and am excited to be playing an active role in this sector. We can reach everyone, everywhere, with voice and data services There is a fantastic opportunity here to become a world renowned nano-satellite service provider.”

Sky and Space Global’s managing director and chief executive, Meir Moalem, said Malone had a lot of experience in the Australian telco sector, and his appointment would be a “big plus for Australian investors and put us on the international map as well”.

"In 2019, we will launch our constellation of 20 satellites that will give us serious global coverage. That is what this company is all about.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired in 2020. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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