Eduardo Bellido joins H&Z as CEO of Thales Alenia Space España and brings his total of more than 22 years of experience and expertise in the strategically important high-tech industry to the consulting business for h&z clients as Senior Advisor from 1st of July 2021.
The renowned expert and business leader will in future build up the "Space Business" area of competence at H&Z. This is a field that has grown exponentially in importance in recent years, especially with the sharp rise in demand for satellite-based data collection. In the future, no company will be able to avoid it. The 49-year-old has achieved exceptional business results in recent years, transforming the mid-sized Spanish subsidiary of Thales Alenia Space into an innovative top player. To this end, Bellido developed a strategic vision with which he initiated and successfully implemented the necessary transformations - an archetypal H&Z task.
The Spaniard graduated in physics from the Technical University of Munich and specialized in nuclear fusion and astrophysics at the respective Max Planck Institutes. Bellido began his career as a project engineer in telecommunications space programs and then joined Eutelsat in Paris, one of the world's leading satellite operators. There, he first served as head of satellite flight dynamics and later as project manager for robotics programs and in-orbit servicing before moving to the space company Kayser-Threde, later OHB System AG, in Munich and Bremen after ten years. Here, Bellido held several top positions with technical and management responsibility - including Director of Corporate Development and Strategy, Head of Major Proposals and Director of Procurement and System Engineering. In July 2015, Bellido was appointed CEO of Thales Alenia Space in Spain. His growth strategy has seen the company progressively move up the value chain from equipment manufacturer to subsystems integrator and, more recently, to prime contractor for telecommunications payloads.
"With Eduardo Bellido, we are significantly expanding our competencies in the European Space business. His international network and experience in managing large projects and innovative technologies represent an excellent added value for the H&Z Group. We are already looking forward to H&Z's first study publication on Space Eco-System in a few weeks", says Michael Santo, H&Z Managing Partner.