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Kleos poaches SpaceLink CFO

Kleos poaches SpaceLink CFO

Kleos has poached SpaceLink chief financial officer Alan Khalili to take up the same position at the “spy satellite” company.

Khalili will replace Iain Hackston, who is expected to assume a role in financial planning and analysis.

Luxembourg-based Kleos, which is also on the ASX, is best known for using its clusters in low-Earth orbit to geolocate emissions from passing ships that may be trying to hide their positions.

It currently has a constellation of 12 satellites, with the launch of its fourth cluster planned in the coming months.


New appointee Khalili holds more than two decades of experience as a CFO, investment banker at Credit Suisse, and CPA at Ernst & Young.

His career also included work as a technology entrepreneur across DaaS, aerospace/satellite, business information, wireless voice, and IoT telecommunications.

Khalili welcomed the opportunity to help drive the ASX-listed firm’s expansion strategy.

“It is exciting to leverage my prior experiences in the space and data sector to support Kleos’ growth,” he said.


Kleos CEO Andy Bowyer reflected on the benefits of leveraging Khalili’s experience.

“We are fortunate to have attracted a candidate of Alan’s calibre to Kleos as we evolve in a dynamic and fast paced environment, always looking out for new strategic opportunities,” Bowyer said.

“I am delighted to welcome Alan to this crucial position and believe his strong financial and business operations expertise will be of great value for the next chapter of Kleos’ growth.”

Space Connect previously reported how Kleos signed a deal to share its geolocation data with the US Navy in June. 

The business’ US subsidiary will work with the country to find innovative new ways to stop smuggling, control fishing and conduct search and rescue operations.

Kleos CEO Andy Bowyer will appear on the Space Connect podcast in the next few weeks. You can listen to previous episodes here.

Adam Thorn

Adam Thorn

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