ST Engineering iDirect, a global leader in satellite communications, has named Don Claussen as its new CEO, effective January 2, 2023. Claussen will lead the company in expanding its global leadership and technology vision against a backdrop of rapid satcom industry transformation. Based in the U.S., Claussen brings 15 years of industry experience, and has transformed solutions development and delivery for global satcom companies.
“A respected innovator and leader in the satcom industry, Don’s impressive experience and track record will help to accelerate ST Engineering iDirect’s growth during this pivotal period of change in the industry,” said Low Ka Hoe, president of the satellite communications business group at ST Engineering. “Don has led major growth initiatives for satcom leaders, driving significant gains in customer impact. We welcome Don as he joins a strong leadership team in place at ST Engineering iDirect and will play a key role in creating new growth opportunities for ST Engineering’s satcom business unit.”
Tim McBride, president of ST Engineering’s U.S. headquarters, said, “We are delighted to have Don join the ST Engineering leadership team and contribute to the group’s business growth in the U.S. and globally. Don’s strong credentials and experience will be instrumental in steering ST Engineering iDirect to its next phase of growth.”
Claussen joins ST Engineering iDirect from Intelsat General Corp., where he served as vice president responsible for strategy, business development, product management and service delivery. During his time at Intelsat General Corp., Claussen aligned the product development and service delivery teams to launch a multi-orbit capability, providing end users seamless access to GEO and LEO satcom services from a single user interface.
Prior to joining Intelsat General, Claussen was vice president and general manager of a portfolio division at L3Harris focused on satcom products and solutions for the U. S. and international markets. Claussen also served as a business unit director at Viasat, with responsibilities for its broadband and narrowband satcom product lines.