The US-based International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), formerly known by the acronym INTELSAT, now has a new Director-General (DG) in the person of Patrick Masambu, a Ugandan citizen.
Mr Patrick Masambu became the DG – the first sub-Saharan African to be elected to the position – following an election in which he was the only Commonwealth candidate.
A former communications regulator for Uganda, Masambu brings to the role over 30 years of experience, including over six years as ITSO’s current deputy director-general and director of technical affairs.
He was the former chairman of the Council of the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) where he presided over important transformations to turn the CTO into a more member-centric organisation.
“The election was exciting with three strong candidates. I am delighted to see Patrick elected. He brings tremendous experience to ITSO and I look forward to working with him,” said Shola Taylor (right-hand side in the header image), Secretary-General of CTO.
In his acceptance remarks, Mr Masambu thanked all ITSO members for their support and looked forward to partnerships with international and regional organisations, including CTO, in areas such as capacity building to achieve the objectives of ITSO.
ITSO is an intergovernmental organisation charged with overseeing the public service obligations of Intelsat. Its mission is to:
- Ensure the performance of Core Principles for the provision of international public telecommunications services, with high reliability and quality.
- Promote international public telecommunications services to meet the needs of the information and communication society.
- Protect the ITSO Parties’ Common Heritage.