SES Americom-New Skies Becomes 'World Skies'

Satellite operator SES has renamed the Americom-New Skies unit, which combined its North American and international operations, as SES World Skies.

SES World Skies, with U.S. headquarters in Princeton, N.J., operates 25 satellites with six additional spacecraft slated to launch in the next two years. The division has 350 employees and 550 full-time customers worldwide.

The company previously announced plans to rebrand the unit in March.

"With the integration of SES Americom-New Skies nearly complete, SES World Skies more precisely describes the reach of our evolving fleet, the depth of our expertise, and our rock-solid customer commitment around the globe," SES World Skies president and CEO Rob Bednarek said in announcing the name change.

SES World Skies has a European head office in The Hague, The Netherlands, as well as offices in Washington, D.C.; Mexico City; Sao Paulo; London; Accra, Ghana; Johannesburg, South Africa; Beijing; Singapore; and Sydney.

Paris-based parent company SES also owns European direct-to-home satellite operator SES Astra and 90% of SES Sirius in Europe. In addition, SES has strategic participations in Canada's Ciel and Mexico's QuetzSat.