London-based ICO Global Communications has appointed Stephen Guerin as senior vice- president and general counsel.
Guerin, who will lead the company's three-person legal team, will be responsible for contractual intellectual property and regulatory issues for the global mobile satellite-communications business.
Guerin, from France, joins the company after a 14-year career with Alcatel Alsthom, most recently serving as vice-president of mergers and acquisitions and vice-president of the legal and tax division.
"Stephen brings to the company an impressive breadth of knowledge and expertise in business in international markets," said ICO chief executive Olof Lundberg. "This will be invaluable to us in developing a successful global business."
ICO is a £900 million concern formed with investment from technology companies worldwide to provide satellite-based mobile communications.
Guerin earned a degree in law and political science and a master's from the University of California at Los Angeles.
He began his career with the French Trade Commission in California and he later moved to Richardson Merrell and Schlumberger in New York. In 1982, Guerin joined Alcatel working his way up to a vice-presidency, where he was responsible for developing global strategic alliances.