HISPASAT Chairwoman Petra Mateos-Aparicio was honored today by Via Satellite magazine for her selection as its “Satellite Executive of the Year,” during a high-profile reception sponsored by Arianespace.
Before a standing-room-only crowd at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., Arianespace Chairman & CEO Jean-Yves Le Gall highlighted Mateos-Aparicio’s contributions to the success of HISPASAT – which under her leadership has become more international in its operations, highly diversified and increasingly profitable.
“Surely Petra is no stranger to industry accolades, and has won countless awards for her achievements,” said Le Gall. “However, this particular award stands out because she is the first woman to ever be named ‘Satellite Executive of the Year.’”
He added: “You can rest assured that Petra won this award not because she is a woman, but because she works harder than nearly all of the men and women that I know.”
Via Satellite has bestowed this key distinction for more than two decades, with its criteria based on contributions to satellite markets, technologies, business practices and service innovation. Arianespace’s Le Gall is among the publication’s previous honorees, receiving the award for 2005.
“Reliable and on-time launches are essential factors for HISPASAT,” said Mateos-Aparicio. “I want to highlight the capacity and professionalism of the Arianespace team, as well as their highest commitment and dedication to the entire satellite community to which we all belong.”
Arianespace has launched a total of six spacecraft for the Spanish-based operator to date, with a relationship that traces its roots to the orbiting of HISPASAT 1A during 1992. The company’s latest satellite – Hispasat 1E – was lofted by a heavy-lift Ariane 5 in December 2010.