Boston (July 12, 2017) – Allied Minds plc (LSE: ALM) today announces the appointment of Barry Matsumori as CEO of BridgeSat, Inc. (BridgeSat) effective 17 July 2017. The appointment follows the successful Series A funding round announced by BridgeSat on 5 May 2017. BridgeSat, an Allied Minds subsidiary, is seeking to revolutionise satellite data downlinking with an advanced optical communications network. Delivering faster, more reliable and affordable data transmission to the rapidly growing low earth orbit (LEO) satellite sector, will enable a new era of applications and services.
Barry has extensive experience in the wireless and Space 2.0 sectors, including nine years at Qualcomm where he served as VP Wireless Connectivity, and most recently in lead business development roles at SpaceX and Virgin Galactic. This experience is well aligned to BridgeSat’s development objectives as it seeks to advance the three components of its offering: space terminal; ground station and management network.
Jill Smith, CEO of Allied Minds, commented “We are delighted to welcome Barry to BridgeSat given his extensive combined experience in Space 2.0 and wireless communications in both business development and technology management roles, and his impressive leadership qualities. Barry’s appointment is consistent with our recently stated intentions to invest in dedicated talent earlier in the investment cycle, and to create clearer lines of responsibility and accountability for delivery on business plans and key milestones. Barry will be integral as BridgeSat moves to acquire launch customers and demonstrate its first end to end optical downlink of data through the operation of its first ground station. I look forward to working with Barry as he drives execution against our exciting plans for this young but high potential business, leveraging our growing expertise in Space 2.0.”
Barry Matsumori commented “I am delighted to take up the CEO position at BridgeSat and look forward to delivering on the huge potential for this company to service the fast growing LEO satellite market with a new and differentiated optical communications technology. ”