Board of Directors

Jim Frownfelter


Thomas Choi


Thomas Choi is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of ABS.  He is a satellite entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience in the Satellite and Aerospace industry.

Prior to ABS, Tom founded Speedcast Ltd, a valued added satellite service company that is a joint venture with AsiaSat. He spent more than five years as a business development executive at Hughes Communications International, and served as a technical staff member at Rockwell International.

He has a MBA and B.S. in Aerospace Engineering both from the University of Southern California.

Willy Chow


Willy Chow is the Chief Commercial Officer of ABS.  He has worked with ABS since the inception of the company in October 2006. Willy has over 20 years  of experience in the satellite, telecommunication and IT industry.

Prior to ABS, Mr. Chow was the Senior Director, Strategic Investments for Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) and served as a Director of the Board and Executive Vice President, Corporate Development for Speedcast Ltd.

Willy is a CFA charter holder and holds a MBA from the University of London and a BSc degree in Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto.

Sarah Turnbull


Sarah is the Managing Director of Citco (Bermuda) Limited, a qualified Chartered Secretary and a UK qualified Barrister. Sarah worked for Citco Trustees (Cayman) Limited for nine years managing the corporate funds portfolio and prior to this held various legal and company.

Sarah has a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University College London, a Bachelor of Laws from Keele University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2003.

Sebastian Hoffmann


Sebastian is a principal at Permira, a global private equity firm that advises funds with a committed capital of approximately €20 billion.

Sebastian has worked on a number of transactions including Akindo Sushiro, Cognis, Cortefiel, Hugo Boss & Valentino, Netafim, ProSiebenSat.1 and SBS Broadcasting at Permira. He is a member of the Commercial & Portfolio Group and the Industrials Sector Group within Permira.

Prior to joining Permira in 2004, Sebastian gained work experience at the Boston Consulting Group and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.

Sebastian has a degree with distinction in Business Administration from the Leipzig Graduate School of Management (HHL), Germany, and an MBA with distinction from INSEAD, France/Singapore.

Richard Sanders

Richard is a partner at Permira, a global private equity firm that advises funds with a committed capital of approximately €20 billion.

Richard is Co-Head of the TMT Sector and is currently responsible for building Permira’s technology efforts globally.  He has worked on a number of transactions at Permira including Asia Broadcast Satellite, Freescale Semiconductor, Inmarsat, Intelsat, NDS and Wireless Information Network.

Prior to joining Permira, Richard worked for Morgan Stanley in London in the M&A and High Yield Capital Markets divisions.

Richard has a degree in Classics from Oxford University, England, and an MBA from Stanford Business School, USA, and is a Fulbright Scholar.

Nic Volpi


Nic is a partner at Permira, a global private equity firm that advises funds with a committed capital of approximately €20 billion.

Nic has worked on a number of transactions including Asia Broadcast Satellite, Aearo Technologies, Freescale Semiconductor and Intelsat at Permira. He is a member of the Financing Group and TMT group within Permira.

Prior to joining Permira in 2004, Nic spent four years at Brera Capital Partners where he worked on middle-market buy-outs. Prior to that, he worked at Index Securities in Geneva and spent three years in the Financial Institutions Group at Merrill Lynch in New York.

Nic has a degree in Business Administration from Georgetown University, USA, an MBA from Stanford University, USA and lived in Japan for over 17 years.

Robert Wardrop


Robert is the Managing Director of Belvall Investments Ltd., which advises and invests in small and medium-sized businesses primarily in the telecommunications and health care industries. He is also engaged in research at the University of Cambridge studying the debt financing of small and medium-sized businesses in Europe.

Prior to Belvall Investments Robert spent 10 years as Managing Director of Anschutz Investment Company, an affiliate of The Anschutz Corporation headquartered in Denver CO, where he was responsible for sourcing and managing European investments. From 2006 to 2009 he also was the Co-CEO of DAM Capital SA, a joint venture between Anschutz and Dresdner Bank providing credit facilites to mid-sized companies in Germany, the Benelux and the UK. Prior to joining Anschutz, Robert led business development and project finance assignments in North American and European satellite-related projects. He started his career in Brand Management with Procter & Gamble Canada.

Robert has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) degree from Queen’s University in Canada, an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, and an MSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board for both the Booth School of Business and the Queen’s University School of Business.

Samuel Wong


Samuel Wong joined the Executive team of ABS in September 2012 as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

Sam has over 25 years of experience in financial management and possesses a strong track record in corporate finance, investment projects and financial controllership. He is also experienced in the Telecom & Media sector and in emerging markets.

Prior to joining ABS, Sam held various senior financial positions including: CFO and EVP at the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, Finance Director at Hutchison Port Holdings and CFO at i-Cable Communications.

Sam is a Chartered Accountant and holds an MBA from the University of British Columbia and a B. Commerce from the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute of Directors.