Mobile Satellite Users Association names 2024 officers


The Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA), a global not-for-profit focused on amplifying the voices of the millions of users of satellite services for mobile communication, navigation, and safety, will be chaired by Erwan Emilian of IEC Telecom and vice chaired by Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Viasat, Inc.

“I am privileged to continue serving as the Chairman for the MSUA,” says Erwan Emilian (pictured), Chair, Mobile Satellite Users Association, and Partner & Group Vice Chair, IEC Telecom Group. “This organisation has continued to extend its influence and impact across the satellite and mobile communications ecosystems because of the efforts of our board members and our member organizations.

“I am proud of the work this organisation is doing in partnership with its member organisations to continue to progress toward increasingly ubiquitous satellite mobile communications and connectivity. We are thankful for the opportunity to support this community,”

2024 Mobile Satellite Users Association Officers are:
Erwan Emilian, MSUA Chair and Partner & Group Vice Chairman, IEC Telecom Group
Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, MSUA Vice Chair and SVP Government Strategy and Policy, Viasat, Inc.
Lisa Dreher, MSUA President and Managing Director, GuideForce
Frank August, MSUA Secretary and Satellite Communications Project Manager, ZIN Technologies, Inc. (division of Voyager Space)
Brian Barnett, MSUA Treasurer and Founder and CEO, Solstar Space
Roger McGarrahan , MSUA General Counsel and CEO, Pathfinder Digital

“As we welcome this year’s officers, MSUA stands as a cornerstone for innovation and collaboration in satellite and space communications,” said Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, MSUA Board Vice Chair, and Senior Vice President for Government Strategy and Policy, Viasat, Inc.

“Reflecting on MSUA’s foundational impact on maritime, aeronautical, businesses, and governments globally, I am dedicated to working with our member organisations. Together, we’ll ensure diverse user voices play a pivotal role in shaping MSUA’s future, celebrating advancements through the Mobile Satellite Innovation Awards and contributing to the ongoing development of the mobile satellite and space industry.“

“We are fortunate to have this committed team of industry professionals leading the MSUA into the future,” says Lisa Dreher, MSUA President and Managing Director, GuideForce. “With the extraordinary growth and transformations occurring in the satellite mobile industry, the work our organisation does to support the millions of satellite solutions users around the globe is becoming increasingly valuable for our community. I am encouraged by the growth the MSUA has seen recently, and I look forward to celebrating with our members during the 2024 Satellite Mobile Innovations Awards in March.”

A contingent of MSUA’s board and officers will attend the upcoming Satellite 2024 conference in Washington D.C. During the conference, MSUA will hold its annual Satellite Mobile Innovation Awards. To sponsor the event or obtain tickets, submit a request using the online registration form here. More information can be obtained at

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