World Teleport Association Board elects Arqiva Sales Director as New Chairman

The World Teleport Association today announced the election of James Trevelyan, our Satellite & Media Sales Director, as its new Chairman effective 01 April 2015.

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James replaces M. Brett Belinsky, Managing Director of EMEA at Encompass Digital Media, who has served as Chairman of the World Teleport Association (WTA) since 2011 and is stepping down from the Board at the end of his final term.

“Five years ago we set off on a journey of advocacy and I’m thrilled that James has stepped up to lead the Board as it moves forward. I have come to admire his integrity and passion over the years and I am confident that under his guidance the WTA will continue to encourage independence and, more importantly, ensure that the Board is always focused on supporting the interests of the broader constituency.”

During M. Brett Belinsky’s tenure as Chairman, the WTA has introduced the Satellite Operator Benchmarks report as well as a collection of other research programs that provide its members with valuable guidance on business and technology management and helps them speak with one voice on important business and market issues. As a result, the association’s membership has grown 21% to more than 120 companies and over 1,000 individuals, and its revenue base has expanded 19%.

“I’m honoured to have been given the role of Chairman of the WTA. It’s an exciting time to be working in this industry with today’s changing technology, operations and business models creating new, but exciting challenges to overcome. As Chairman, I will continue to build on the fantastic work Brett has achieved and drive forward the WTA members’ mission and goals.”

James’ career in the satellite industry began at Kingston Inmedia in 2001 - which we acquired in 2005. Three years later he became a member of the leadership team charged with growing the enterprise services side of a predominately satellite broadcast business. He built up a sales and technical team, which grew annual revenues organically from $8m to in excess of $55m. He was involved in the acquisition and subsequent integration of the BT Satellite business in 2006. 

Today James is accountable for our enterprise business globally as well as our Satellite and Media business across the MENA region. He manages sales, technical, product, project and service implementation including the procurement and management of our satellite data communications.

James has served as a member of WTA’s Board since 2012. In his earlier career he held various sales and marketing roles at Nortel Networks, Lexmark International and IBM. He holds an honours degree in International Marketing and Languages from Strathclyde Business School as well as diplomas from L’ESSCA in France and Dortmund University in Germany.