Iridium Executive Appointed Multiple Leadership Posts For Satellite Industry Organizations

Iridium Satellite LLC (Iridium) announces that Donna Bethea-Murphy, vice president of Regulatory Engineering for Iridium, was elected chairman of the board of the Satellite Industry Association (SIA), the leading trade association for the satellite industry. Bethea-Murphy already serves as a board member of the Mobile Satellite Users Association (MSUA), a trade association advancing the interests of the mobile satellite industry, and was recently appointed as vice chair of the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) World Radiocommunication Conference Industry Advisory Group 3.

“Iridium’s strong regulatory position in the U.S. and internationally significantly contributes to our ability to meet our customers’ needs,” said Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium. “Donna leads our regulatory and policy efforts at the FCC, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other key forums. In this new leadership position within the SIA, she can play a key role in shaping national legislation and policymaking that not only supports the goals of Iridium but of the entire satellite industry.”

Prior to joining Iridium, Bethea-Murphy was senior director of Spectrum Policy at PanAmSat Corporation. Before that, she served as director of Technology and Regulatory Affairs for AirTouch Communications, and has held key positions at the FCC with responsibility for domestic and international satellite and terrestrial wireless policy.