TrustComm’s highly proficient, professional staff is led by a management team that boasts more than 150 years’ experience in the satellite communications industry. TrustComm senior executives have led many successful programs to meet the complex networking requirements of global multinational corporations and major U.S. government agencies.
Chief Executive Officer
Experience: 35 years
Bob Roe joined TrustComm as Chief Executive Officer in March 2012.
Mr. Roe has more than 35 years’ experience as a satellite communications professional, including senior management positions with Stratos Global Corp. from 1998-2011.
Prior to joining TrustComm, Mr. Roe served for more than five years as President and CEO of Stratos Government Services Inc. (SGSI) where he led highly successful programs to meet the COMSATCOM needs of the Dept. of Defense and other federal and state agencies. Under his leadership, SGSI deployed commercial satellite communications infrastructure for the U.S. Coast Guard, the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command and several other military agencies.
From 2006-11, Mr. Roe also served as chairman of the Mobile Satellite Users Association.
Prior to his career in commercial satellite communications, Mr. Roe served 22 years in the U.S. Navy as a communications and intelligence officer. His assignments included surface shipboard tours on cruisers and aircraft carriers, airborne commands in C-130 Hercules aircraft TACAMO Surveillance program, and Mobile Communications Units in Desert Storm.
He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Management and a Master of Science Degree with honors in Business Management, from National Louis University in Evanston, Illinois.
Chief Operating Officer
Experience: 25 years
Ian Canning has more than 25 years’ experience in the global satellite communications and telecommunications industries. He joined TrustComm as Chief Operating Officer in January 2012. In this position, he is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Company.
Prior to joining TrustComm, Mr. Canning served as a senior marketing executive for Stratos Global Corp., the leading global provider of advanced mobile and fixed-site remote communications solutions. He was responsible for Stratos’ global product and marketing portfolio, generating more than $700 million from advanced remote communications solutions, including the Stratos Advantage range of value-added services.
He served in a number of roles during his tenure at Stratos, including Vice President, Global Product Marketing (2010-11), Vice President, Marketing and Product Management (2007-10), Stratos’ Managing Director, EMEA and Vice President, Sales (2004-07), and Director, EMEA and Asia (1999-2001).
In addition, Mr. Canning’s experience includes posts with other leading players in the commercial satellite communications industry. From 2001-03, Mr. Canning served as Director, Business Development EMEA and later as Director, Sales EMEA for Iridium Communications Inc. From 1995-99, Mr. Canning served as Manager, Partnership Program for Inmarsat. From 1983-99, he held senior sales positions with a variety of global satellite, electronics and telecommunications companies, including Nortel Networks, Motorola Codex and Racal Datacom.
Mr. Canning earned an MBA from London’s Greenwich School of Management.
Chief Financial Officer
Experience: 30 years
Mr. Whitworth brings over 30 years of service in the financial sector to TrustComm, with proven ability to manage within complex environments and deliver strong financial accountability. He began his career with KPMG were he experience in providing accounting and tax services to a wide range of industries. Prior to Joining TrustComm, Mr. Whitworth was CFO of a telecommunications technology company where he assisted in maintaining a 50% annual growth rate over four years and architected its acquisition of a complementary Silicon Valley technology company. As manager of financial research for American General Corporation, one of largest financial services companies in the U.S., he led the team responsible for external financial reporting including annual and quarterly reports and SEC reports and filings. Mr. Whitworth holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Houston. He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants. He currently serves as Chairman of the Houston CPA Society’s CFO/Controllers Conference Committee.
Company Secretary/VP Contracts
Experience: 30 years
Carole A. Hochberg is responsible for managing TrustComm’s contracting requirements.
Prior to joining TrustComm in 2012, Ms. Hochberg worked for 13 years for Stratos Global Corp. From 1998-2006, she served as Stratos’ Director, Contracts & Legal, where she managed a staff of attorneys with responsibility for all global corporate transactions. From 2006-12, she served as Director, Contracts & Legal for the Stratos business unit Stratos Government Services Inc., which focused exclusively on sales to the U.S. military.
Ms. Hochberg was instrumental in supporting Stratos’ growth from a regionally focused North American company to a global provider of satellite services. She accomplished this through integration of acquisitions, establishment of the Company’s global U.S. Export Compliance Program and creation of the Company’s innovative, Internet-based contracting process for the sale of mobile and fixed satellite services and equipment.
Prior to joining Stratos, Ms. Hochberg held contract management positions with COMSAT, GTE Spacenet and CONTEL, gaining extensive experience in commercial and military sales worldwide.
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree, Cum Laude, in Business and Management from the University of Maryland University College.