NewSat regional boss resigns

Paul Seaton, general manager for the Middle East and Africa at NewSat, has resigned from the company to pursue personal business projects.

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By  Eliot Beer Published  February 5, 2007

Paul Seaton, general manager for the Middle East and Africa at NewSat, has resigned from the company to pursue personal business projects. Seaton confirmed he has resigned, and says the split is amicable and expected. “The CEO was not surprised – my new project is something I’ve been discussing openly with him for a couple of years now,” said Seaton. “I’ve given three months’ notice, so I’ll be here to help with the transition process,” he added. Seaton’s new plans are reportedly nautical in nature, and will see the NewSat regional boss start up a new venture based in Dubai, building on an existing brand name. Seaton said he and his business partners will be announcing more details shortly. “Lifestyle is very important to me, and this new project had reached a stage where I needed to make a commitment,” Seaton said. NewSat will be issuing an official statement regarding the situation in the Middle East later this week. In other news, the satellite service company experienced a technical blow last week, when the SES New Skies NSS-8 satellite was destroyed on the launch pad when the rocket carrying it exploded on launch. NSS-8, which cost US$150 million, was to have provided increased coverage over the Indian Ocean area, including the Middle East for companies such as NewSat. SES New Skies will now retain an existing satellite over the area, until its NSS-9 spacecraft is launched in early 2009.

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