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Mr. Colombi has over 25 years of experience in sales, operations and international management in high-technology and telecommunications systems and services. He will be directly responsible for all international business development and sales, and serve as a resource to more than a dozen Regional Affiliates and Regional Distributors around the globe.
Prior to joining GeoEye, Colombi was senior vice president of International Sales for Telular Corporation. Before that he was executive vice president of Sales for Lotus Interworks LLP and also served in various executive-level positions for Teleglobe International Corp. Previous to that Colombi had 12 years' consecutive tenure for Sprint International and both for its predecessor company (GTE Telenet), and for its successor company (Global One). During this tenure he held the positions of president of Global One in Mexico; managing director of Sprint International France and vice president, System Marketing and Sales for Sprint International Southern Europe in Italy, among other executive positions. Colombi has lived in Italy, France, and Mexico and is fluent in four languages. He holds a Doctoral Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of Turin (Italy), a Master of International Management degree from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), and a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University. Colombi was a Fulbright Scholar at both graduate schools in the USA.
Matthew M. O'Connell, GeoEye's president and chief executive officer said, "I am excited to have Paolo join our stellar executive management team. His proven global sales track record, high-caliber skills and telecommunications experience will help the company maintain and expand its extensive global affiliate network program, especially as GeoEye prepares for the launch of our next-generation satellite GeoEye in early 2007."