Steve Collar is CEO of O3b Networks, responsible for the company's overall effort to launch and operate 24 satellites in medium earth orbit that will provide Ka-band satellite service to the region between 45 degrees north and 45 degrees south latitude. Prior to becoming CEO in February 2011, he was senior vice president of business and market development for SES WORLD SKIES and deeply involved in SES becoming a major investor in O3b. At SES, Mr. Collar was responsible for the company's satellite and service portfolio, including the design of new spacecraft and products. He oversaw the company's long-range strategic planning activities, mergers & acquisitions, and global development efforts.
Mr. Collar originally joined satellite start-up New Skies Satellites (now SES WORLD SKIES) in 1999 where he designed the company's early satellites and gained experience in implementing and commercializing satellite networks. Prior to New Skies Satellites, Mr. Collar worked at the satellite manufacturer Astrium for eight years in a variety of roles including Payload Architect and Payload Program Manager.
Mr. Collar has a bachelor of engineering from Brunel University in London and a degree in international business from the Cranfield School of Management.