(MIDDLETOWN, R.I.) — KVH Industries Inc. has promoted Brent Bruun, currently executive vice president of mobile broadband for the company, to the newly created position of chief operating officer. Bruun will assume direct responsibility for KVH’s corporate development, as well as operational responsibility for mobile communications products and services for maritime and land markets. His purview as COO covers the customer life cycle from sales and manufacturing through customer onboarding and on into long-term services, support and customer retention.
“In the eight years that Brent has been with KVH, he has demonstrated time and again his strategic vision and commitment to executional excellence,” saids Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO and president of KVH. “Building from our position of market leadership, and uniting the key portions of the customer experience, we look forward to Brent’s further contributions to our growth and to extending customer satisfaction and loyalty. Our solutions, particularly in commercial maritime, are the broadest in the industry, and we expect Brent will be instrumental in further broadening and deepening our customer base.”
Bruun joined KVH in early 2008 and has served as executive vice president of the mobile broadband group, the company’s largest business unit. Bruun was previously senior vice president with satellite operator SES Americom and gained strong corporate financial background from positions held with GE Capital and KPMG earlier in his career.
“I’m tremendously excited to be taking on this new role as COO,” said Bruun. “We have many opportunities to drive toward providing the most comprehensive and seamless customer experience in the industry, allowing us to build on our current customer base and attract new customers as the move to VSAT accelerates. I’m looking forward to seeing further market growth and to driving greater shareholder value moving forward.”
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