Kacific Broadband Satellites has appointed John Hawker as its Vice President of Sales for the firm’s Melanesia and Pacific division.

Hawker has held senior roles in both the telecommunications and satellite industries in several of Kacific’s key markets throughout the Pacific and Southeast Asia. “His experience in developing broadcast, data and telecommunication networks is highly relevant to the company’s plans for the region,” said Kacific.

He joins Kacific after serving as VP Sales Australia, PNG and Pacific islands for ABS Global. Hawker previously held the position of Director, Asia Pacific for International Datacasting.

At Kacific, Kawker will establish service provider relationships to grow broadband services in Melanesia and the Pacific, including Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, Micronesia, Tuvalu, French Polynesia and Kiribati.

He will be able to draw on his experience with VSAT service providers in the Pacific, Southeast Asia and Africa as he helps the company forge strategic alliances to expand the Kacific ecosystem in the region leading up to the launch of Kacific-1 in 2019.