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Carmel Ortiz

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Carmel Ortiz has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications, satellite, and digital media industries. Her results-oriented leadership, combined with her implementation of systems engineering rigor, has led to the successful execution of complex technical programs and the delivery of highly innovative systems and services that meet strategic cost, schedule and performance objectives.   

In her current role as Vice President of Systems Innovation at Intelsat, Carmel is responsible for the ideation, design, and development of large breakthrough innovation initiatives that will reshape Intelsat’s offerings and customer experience. More specifically, Carmel works to seamlessly integrate the next generation of software-defined satellites and other space-based platforms into Intelsat’s global telecommunications fabric. Her responsibilities span satellite, software-defined networks, cloud technologies, 5G and wireless standards implementation, and IT system integration.  

Prior to joining Intelsat in May of 2020, Carmel was the Vice President/Chief Systems Engineer of OneWeb, where she was responsible for the overall system engineering, design, and performance of the low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation broadband communication system. Over her nearly four-year tenure at OneWeb Carmel led the project from early conceptual system design through preliminary and critical system design reviews, development, and successful field integration and over-the-air testing using OneWeb LEO satellites.  

In 1995, Carmel co-founded Skjei Telecom, a satellite communications engineering consulting firm serving large commercial and federal government clients. Over the course of 20 years as Vice President of Engineering at Skjei, Carmel executed myriad complex technical projects on behalf of clients, leading to the firms' continued revenue growth and reputation as a premier satellite systems engineering firm.  

Early in her career, Carmel held various engineering positions at GTE Corporation, GTE Spacenet, and GE Americom. She is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in telecommunications, and participated in the Co-operative Education program. 

Carmel Ortiz

Carmel Ortiz has more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications, satellite, and digital media industries. Her results-oriented leadership, combined with her implementation of systems engineering rigor, has led to the successful execution of complex technical programs and the delivery of highly innovative systems and services that meet strategic cost, schedule and performance objectives.   

In her current role as Vice President of Systems Innovation at Intelsat, Carmel is responsible for the ideation, design, and development of large breakthrough innovation initiatives that will reshape Intelsat’s offerings and customer experience. More specifically, Carmel works to seamlessly integrate the next generation of software-defined satellites and other space-based platforms into Intelsat’s global telecommunications fabric. Her responsibilities span satellite, software-defined networks, cloud technologies, 5G and wireless standards implementation, and IT system integration.  

Prior to joining Intelsat in May of 2020, Carmel was the Vice President/Chief Systems Engineer of OneWeb, where she was responsible for the overall system engineering, design, and performance of the low-earth orbit (LEO) constellation broadband communication system. Over her nearly four-year tenure at OneWeb Carmel led the project from early conceptual system design through preliminary and critical system design reviews, development, and successful field integration and over-the-air testing using OneWeb LEO satellites.  

In 1995, Carmel co-founded Skjei Telecom, a satellite communications engineering consulting firm serving large commercial and federal government clients. Over the course of 20 years as Vice President of Engineering at Skjei, Carmel executed myriad complex technical projects on behalf of clients, leading to the firms' continued revenue growth and reputation as a premier satellite systems engineering firm.  

Early in her career, Carmel held various engineering positions at GTE Corporation, GTE Spacenet, and GE Americom. She is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a certificate in telecommunications, and participated in the Co-operative Education program.