Kleos appoints former Airbus MD to enhance sales

Kleos appoints former Airbus MD to enhance sales

Stephen Kuper

ASX-listed Kleos Space has appointed regional space expert Pierre Duquesne as sales representative for the South American market to target planned investments of over €45 billion in the maritime and port sector in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Duquesne, a Franco-German executive, has worked in the regional space industry for the last 20 years in different business development, marketing, sales and general management roles, most recently as managing director for Airbus Intelligence in South America.

With the transition to the digital economy and the generalisation of data-driven strategies, Duquesne envisions major opportunities for new space ventures taking a sustainable approach to benefit society and the environment. Duquesne will supply his services via his ‘prime space-as-a-service’ consultancy that aims to support the adoption of new “as-a-service” business models.

Andy Bowyer, CEO of Kleos Space, welcomed the appointment, saying, "We are pleased to welcome Pierre as our representative for the South American market and look to benefit from the value of his professional experience in the regional space industry and in-depth knowledge of the South American markets."

"Pierre has a proven track record of facilitating long term business relationships with both public and private sector clients and will contribute in commercialising Kleos Space’s independent data solutions providing defence, security and commercial users with access to a cost-effective daily geo-location intelligence to guard borders, protect assets and save lives."

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Duquesne said, "Numerous potential regional customers in the public and private sector need precise information about the maritime domain. I am looking forward to contributing to Kleos’ activity-based maritime reconnaissance data, which provide access to critical information for end-customers in the defence and intelligence sectors."

According to The Corporacion Andina de Fomento (CAF), the Latin American development bank, the outlook by 2040 for the maritime and port sector in Latin America and the Caribbean suggests an attractive environment for growth with planned investments over €45 billion in the coming decade.

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