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AST SpaceMobile expands management team with key new hires

(4 May 2021 - AST SpaceMobile) AST SpaceMobile today announced the addition of two executives to its senior leadership team.

“I am delighted to welcome such talented individuals to the AST SpaceMobile team,” said Abel Avellan, Chairman and CEO of AST SpaceMobile. “Both of these executives bring extensive expertise to our company, including valuable public company experience. They will complement our existing team of over 200 scientists and engineers, including 24 PhDs, as we seek to fulfill our mission to connect the unconnected by delivering cellular broadband to billions.”

The two new executives are:

  • Brian Heller has joined as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Mr. Heller brings over 20 years of public company experience to AST SpaceMobile. Before joining AST SpaceMobile, he served as General Counsel of Castle Brands, Inc., a publicly traded spirits company, until its sale to Pernod Ricard, and as Senior Vice President - Business and Legal Affairs at Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services, a publicly traded financial services company, until its acquisition by a portfolio company of Reverence Capital Partners. Mr. Heller was a partner at Steel Hector & Davis in Miami, Florida. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University.
  • Scott Wisniewski has joined as Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer overseeing corporate development, treasury, investor relations and public relations. Previously, Mr. Wisniewski was Managing Director of Technology, Media & Telecommunications Investment Banking at Barclays, advising clients on raising capital and M&A for over a decade. While at Barclays, he advised AST SpaceMobile on the $110 million private investment in 2019 and the recently closed business combination transaction, which raised $462 million in gross proceeds. Earlier in his career he was a management consultant focused on supplier development and a mechanical design engineer. Mr. Wisniewski received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters in Business Administration from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

About AST SpaceMobile

AST SpaceMobile is building the first and only global broadband cellular network in space to operate directly with standard, unmodified mobile devices based on our extensive IP and patent portfolio. Our team of engineers and space scientists are on a mission to eliminate the connectivity gaps faced by today's five billion mobile subscribers and finally bring broadband to the billions who remain unconnected.