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The SATConsult team features three distinct and fully complementary levels, including: a management staff, a senior advisory board and a team of high-profile industry experts.

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Management Staff

Our management staff is composed of several internationally recognized senior satellite industry professionals, including:

  • David CHEGNION, Managing Director

    David Chégnion is Managing Director of Southern Aerospace and Telecom Consulting (Satconsult). David leads the organization and is in charge of Satconsult’s operational management, development and financial performance. He has more than 28 years of experience in the telecom and satellite sectors, with experience in the P&L management of UK and France-based companies and in setting up and managing business development and operations teams in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
    Prior to joining Satconsult, David was Vice President Strategic Development at Airbus Defence & Space in the Secure Communications business unit. He was a member of the Executive Committee in charge of strategy, strategic business development and product marketing.
    Previously, at Airbus, David was VP Sales & Business Development, responsible for the order intake and business development of the secure communications business unit. Prior to joining Airbus, he was VP Business Development at Alcatel-Lucent Mobile Broadcast, a venture dedicated to mobile broadcast TV solutions. Before that, he was Managing Director of Europe*Star Ltd, a satellite operator based in London and subsidiary of Alcatel Space, which was sold to PanAmSat in 2005. David joined Europe*Star Ltd from Alcatel Space in September 1999 where he held different positions within Business Development and Sales & Marketing.
    David is a graduate from “Ecole Centrale Marseilles”. He holds a Master of International Business from EDHEC in Lille.

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  • Laurent VALIGNON, Vice President, Business Development & Programs

    Laurent Valignon is a Satconsult founding partner and has been acting as VP Business Development & Programs since he joined Satconsult's operating team in 2008. Laurent has spent most of his career in the telecommunications and earth observation consulting sector. He has advised commercial and government clients for a wide range of activities supporting the definition, procurement and deployment of their satellite infrastructure.
    In Satconsult, he manages most of the company’s responses to international tenders and is currently leading several projects including due diligence and feasibility studies of emerging satellite projects for government agencies and commercial operators in various world regions.
    Prior to joining Satconsult, Laurent started his career as a researcher in space programs economics on numerous international research projects. In 1997, he joined Euroconsult, where he rapidly became an expert in charge of managing the most demanding and sophisticated consulting assignments. He then acted as Senior Consultant at Vista Advisers (acquired in 2005 by Aon) advising most of the world’s satellite operators and acting in numerous transactions including acquisitions, divestures and capital raisings.
    Laurent holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from Louis Pasteur University in Strasbourg and a Master of Sciences in Space Studies from the International Space University (ISU).

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  • SATConsult has strengthened its international presence with an Asian business Representative based in Singapore:

    Laurence LAGRIFFOUL, Asian Business Representative (based in Singapore)

    Based in Singapore, Laurence provides business support and consulting services with a focus on Asia-Pacific countries. In particular, she has been acting as Satconsult’s business representative in Asia since 2013. With eleven years of experience, Laurence has spent most of her career in Asia in the aerospace and defence industries. She specializes in the development and implementation of strategic and high-technology projects, involving both private and governmental players. More specifically, she focuses on assisting customers in assessing market potential and drafting market access strategies.
    Since 2013, Laurence has been in charge of developing Satconsult’s activities in the Asia Pacific region. She is involved in prospecting new customers, preparing proposals and draft contracts, and also leading contracts negotiation. On the operational side, she looks after the good execution of the contracts and makes sure customers are satisfied with our work. Her field knowledge in the region is also valuable for market research and feasibility studies.
    Prior to working with Satconsult, she held several positions such as Business Development, Key Account and General Manager in original equipment manufacturers and consulting companies. She has extensive experience working with organizations operating in the space, aviation, and defence industries in South East Asia and in China.
    Laurence is a graduate of ESSEC Business School and Paris II University.

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