Masood Mahmood serves as a Director on the Board of SHUAA Capital. He holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yahsat, the UAE-based satellite communications operator, wholly owned by Mubadala Investment Company. In addition, Masood is Chairman of Broadband Connectivity Solutions as well as being a Board Member of the UAE Space Agency, Etihad Aviation Group, Yahlive, the satellite broadcasting venture between Yahsat and SES, as well as the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA), the global satellite industry trade association, and HNS Participacoes Empreendimentos S.A.. Prior to this, he held positions on the board of DU Telecommunications company and was the Chairman of its Investment committee.
Since his appointment as CEO in 2013, Masood has managed the full deployment of Yahsat’s operational capabilities on both government and commercial fronts, expanding the business’ global footprint to provide first-class satellite communication solutions.
Since joining Yahsat, Masood has carried on its business trajectory extending the growth of the company into 17 new markets, including Brazil in 2017, as well as leading its aspirations on being the region’s best-in-class multipurpose satellite operator. Yahsat continues its key role in supporting the UAE Government, besides furthering commercial reach with various services from YahClick satellite broadband, YahLink IP trunking and backhaul to Yahlive TV broadcasting. In 2018, Masood orchestrated the acquisition of Thuraya and its subsequent integration into Yahsat, complementing Yahsat’s fixed satellite services with Thuraya’s mobile satellite services.
Masood brings with him a wealth of experience having served on the board of several other companies from financial, industrial and manufacturing industries. He served as Deputy CEO at Yahsat prior to his appointment as CEO. He has also worked with Mubadala, as the Vice President of Mubadala’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) unit, where he was in charge of corporate strategy and asset management of the ICT unit’s portfolio, which included companies such as DU, EMTS, Injazat and Yahsat. In addition, Masood has significant experience in investment management and business development having served for more than a decade at a number of high profile government and semi-government entities in the UAE such as Dubai Holding and the Executive Office of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Masood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Boston University, Massachusetts, USA and holds an MBA in Finance from McGill University, Montreal, Canada.