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Tan's the man to deliver SD Asia plan
John Tan brings 25 years of Asian aviation experience to his role with Satcom Direct. In his previous position at Sabre Airline Solutions he worked with customers in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Taiwan and Korea.
John Tan seeks to expand SD in the Asia Pacific.

Satcom Direct (SD) has appointed John Tan as regional director for the Asia Pacific region. Based out of the SD Hong Kong office, Tan will manage sales and business development activities for the region. As the senior executive there, his responsibilities include providing leadership to the regional commercial and technical team, maintaining and developing commercial activity in the region and delivering valuable input into SD product innovation. In a competitive market, he will also be responsible for the creation of unique customer value propositions. He will report directly to the vice president, SD international, Michael Skou Christensen, who was previously regional director for Asia Pacific.

Tan, a Singapore native, brings 25 years of experience with aviation in Asia to the international business division. Most recently, he held the position of country director with Sabre Airline Solutions, where he developed business in mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Taiwan and Korea. Prior to that his career incorporated a number of management positions at business aviation technology companies. The combined knowledge and regional experience give Tan an understanding of the Asia Pacific business aviation market, and valuable insight about customer needs in the region, says SD.

“I am looking forward to engaging with existing customers and establishing new business,” he states. “Supporting the development of SD's business activities is an exciting challenge that I am eager to take on. Business aviation in Asia continues to grow and mature, and the SD ecosystem offers clients customised, end-to-end solutions which enhance and improve the inflight experience and operational capabilities. Asian clients have high expectations and I look forward to meeting their needs while taking SD's business to new heights in the region.”

Christensen adds: “Asia Pacific is a critical region of growth for SD and we are pleased to have John join us. His enthusiasm for the SD solutions, his proven focus on customer support and his cultural knowledge of this varied market makes him a perfect fit for this important role. We are delighted to welcome him to the SD team.”

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