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Michael Abad-Santos

Senior Vice President of Business Development and Strategy, BridgeComm

Michael Abad-Santos has over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications and satellite industry primarily focused on supporting US and non US Government entities globally. Currently Mr. Abad-Santos is the SVP of Strategy and Business Development for BridgeComm, a small business focused on Space, Airborne and Terrestrial applications of Optical Wireless Communications. Prior to joining the BridgeComm team, Mr. Abad-Santos was the SVP-of Americas for LeoSat, a startup focused on Low Earth Orbit Communications, specifically designed for Enterprise and Government users. While at LeoSat, as part of the commercial team, Mr. Abad-Santos helped create and execute a strategy which resulted in Customer Contracts, MOUs and LOIs representing a value in excess of 2 Billion USD across all verticals and geographies.

Prior to joining LeoSat, Mr. Abad-Santos was the Chief Commercial Officer of TrustComm, Inc., a government focused communications and signals intelligence support company, where he was responsible for sales and marketing operations globally. From 2004 to 2014, Mr. Abad-Santos held several leadership roles at Inmarsat, focused on the US government business and creating the Global Government Business Unit. In this capacity, Mr. Abad-Santos was responsible for key relationships with the US Department of Defense and foreign ministries of defense around the globe.

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