Satellite firm SES has appointed Karim Sabbagh to the role of chief executive.

Sabbagh will take over from the company’s president and chief executive Romain Bausch, who will step down from his position at the next annual general meeting of shareholders in April 2014.

Bausch has been president and chief executive of SES since 1995.

Sabbagh, who has been a member of the board of directors of SES as well as of its audit and risk committee since April 2011, will join the company as CEO designate before taking up the position of president and chief executive in April next year.

Based in Dubai, Sabbagh was a senior partner and served as global and regional practice leader for Booz & Company’s Communications, Media and Technology team.