José Manuel do Rosário Toscano will be joining Intelsat to lead its efforts in International Government Affairs and Asset Management, effective September 4, 2017, said the telecommunications company in a statement.

In this newly created role, Mr. Toscano will be responsible for Intelsat’s international government relations and other international advocacy activities, particularly the company’s European, Africa and Asia interests. He will join the Luxembourg global headquarters office of the company, and manage Intelsat’s Luxembourg-based asset deployment program as well.

Mr. Toscano joins Intelsat from the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (ITSO), where he served as ITSO’s director general and chief executive since 2009 and as ITSO’s director of External Affairs from 2003-2009. Prior to joining ITSO, Mr. Toscano held senior positions at the Instituto das Comunicacoes de Portugal (ICP-ANACOM), including director of Engineering and director of International Affairs and at the European Commission in Brussels from 1988 through 1996.

Mr. Toscano is a founding commissioner of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development and of the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development. He is also vice president of the Advisory Board of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Smart Sustainable Development Model Initiative and member of the Steering Committee of the World Economic Forum “Internet for All” project.

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