Chief Executive Officer
James Hinds is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airbus OneWeb Satellites, appointed by the board of
directors, effective January 8, 2021. He is a proven leader with more than 30 years of leadership and
engineering experience in the space and satellite industries.
In this role, James is responsible for leading approximately 300 employees in Toulouse, France and Merritt Island, Florida, USA and overseeing the advanced satellite manufacturing facility in Florida. Airbus OneWeb Satellites (AOS) is a joint venture between Airbus and OneWeb created to design the satellites for OneWeb’s low Earth orbit constellation at a production rate up to two per day.
Most recently, James served as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at AOS, managing the day-to-day
operations. Prior to his role as COO of AOS at the end of 2019, he spent four years with Airbus Defense
and Space in Toulouse, France, responsible for strategic planning of its Space Systems business. Before
that, he worked with Airbus and Boeing (and legacy companies) in satellite engineering, production and
project management. Notable achievements include his responsibilities as Airbus program manager for
the Hylas 1 satellite (a joint Airbus / India Space Research Organization program); director responsible for payload research and development at Airbus including digital processors, active antennas and amplifier development; and as the lead verification engineer of Boeing’s 601HP satellite series.
James received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as his Master
of Business Administration degree both from the University of Southampton. He is a member and
Chartered Engineer at the Royal Aeronautical Society and a member of the American Institute of
James lives in Cape Canaveral, Florida. He enjoys sailing and community service with his church.