Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of Deutsch Telekom’s IT subsidiary, will take over as CEO of SES in February 2024. Photo: SES

Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of Deutsch Telekom’s IT subsidiary, will take over as CEO of SES in February 2024. Photo: SES

With effect from 24 February 2024, Adel Al-Saleh, CEO of T-Systems International, Deutsche Telekom’s IT services provider, will succeed Steve Collar as CEO of SES, a post that has been held by Ruy Pinto on an interim basis since Collar’s surprise departure in the summer.

“I am excited and honoured to be joining SES. The company is well positioned for the future with world-class customer solutions, differentiated capabilities and an industry-leading financial position. I look forward to working with a strong team of colleagues to drive SES forward and create value in an exciting and rapidly changing market environment,” said Adel Al-Saleh in his first message to the market.

The British-American, who holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Boston University and a master of business administration from Florida Atlantic University, has been CEO of T-Systems International, the integrated IT services provider and subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, since 2018. He spent nearly 20 years at IBM in a number of senior management roles, culminating in 2006 as vice president and general manager, sales and industries, IBM Northeast Europe Integrated Operating Team, where he was responsible for IBM’s sales to all industries.

In 2007, Al-Saleh joined IMS Health as president, EMEA, and was eventually appointed president of the US business. In 2011, KKR-owned Northgate Information Solutions (NIS) Group appointed Al-Saleh as CEO, where he led the transformation of NIS Group’s strategy, portfolio and operations.

Interim CEO of SES, Ruy Pinto, chief technology officer of SES from 2019 to 2023, will continue to lead SES until January 2024. Pinto will remain a member of the executive team until June 2024, when he will assume the role of strategic advisor to the CEO. Milton Torres, who succeeded Pinto as interim CTO, will continue in this role going forward.

This article was first published in French on . It has been translated and edited for Delano.