Rupert Pearce is the Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat plc
Rupert has been Chief Executive Officer of Inmarsat plc, the world’s leading global mobile satellite communications network operator, since January 2012. Rupert joined Inmarsat in January 2005 as Group General Counsel and between 2009 and 2011 additionally held the position of Senior Vice President, Inmarsat Enterprises.
Previously, Rupert worked for Atlas Venture, a transatlantic venture capital company, where he was a partner working with the firm’s European and U.S. investment teams on investment, divestment, M&A and corporate finance transactions and was a member of the firm’s investment and exit committees. He was previously also an equity partner at the international law firm Linklaters, where he spent 13 years specialising in corporate finance, M&A and private equity transactions.
Rupert received an MA (First Class) in Modern History from Oxford University and won the 1995 Fullbright Fellowship in U.S. securities law, studying at the Georgetown Law Center. He has been a visiting fellow of the Imperial College Business School, London lecturing on the school’s Entrepreneurship programme, and is the co-author of ‘Raising Venture Capital’ (Wiley).
Rupert serves on the following international bodies in the following capacities: (1) as the Chairman of the satellite industry trade body ESOA, the EMEA Satellite Operators Association, which represents more than 20 international satellite operators, (2) as a Commissioner on the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, an organisation established by the ITU and UNESCO to support the UN’s Millennium Development Goals, boost the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda and expand broadband access globally, (3) as a Board member of techUK, the UK trade body representing UK technology industries and (4) as a member of the Board of the Smart Africa Alliance, a body committed to foster ICT development throughout Africa in order to accelerate socio-economic growth and which was founded by eleven African states and of which The African Union, UNECA, The World Bank and The AfDB are founding members.
Natasha joined Inmarsat as Chief People Officer in November 2016 from Korn Ferry Hay Group where she was a Senior Client Partner specialising in HR transformation and organisational change. Prior to Korn Ferry she worked at EY where she was responsible for delivering client transformation programmes, developing EY’s HR transformation methodology, and building business across new markets.
During her seven years in consulting Natasha has worked with a wide range of organisations across multiple industries on improving the effectiveness of their HR functions and broader organisations, delivering projects in the areas of organisational change, talent management, top team effectiveness, leadership development, performance management, culture change and employee engagement.
Before becoming a consultant Natasha spent 12 years at BP, starting off her career in the commercial function, responsible for economic evaluation, commercial negotiations and conducting a strategic reviews to inform merger and acquisition activity. She then moved into HR where she held a number of roles including organisational development consultant, employee engagement manager and Chief of Staff to the VP of HR operations during BP’s global HR transformation.