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September 24, 2014
Euroconsult Honors Outstanding Achievement in Earth Observation with Annual Awards for Excellence

PARIS, Sept. 17, 2014—Euroconsult, the leading global consulting firm specializing in the space and Earth observation sector, announced the recipients of its annual Earth Observation Business Awards during its Summit on Earth Observation Business held in Paris on Sept 11-12.

The Summit on Earth Observation Business is the only annual international summit dedicated to business in the Earth observation community. This year's summit was its sixth edition, bringing together over 250 senior executives and government officials from over 40 countries and from EO satellite operators, data distributors, manufacturers, and government and private users. The summit is part of the World Satellite Business Week, the industry's annual senior executive event, now in its 18th year.

Each year in Paris, Euroconsult bestows awards upon leaders and their companies for outstanding accomplishments in the sector. Awards were given this year in three categories and were attributed by our industry experts based on rigorous qualitative[1] and quantitative[2] methods:

  • Strategic Transaction of the Year: Google for its acquisition of Skybox Imaging
  • Newcomer Earth Observation Operator of the Year: JSC "National Company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary"
  • Strategic Partnership of the Year: BlackBridge and Santiago & Cintra Consultoria

"These awards are a means of recognizing organizations and their leaders that, through their outstanding performance, strategic vision or innovation, have had a significant impact on the Earth observation market," said Pacôme Révillon, CEO of Euroconsult. "It is gratifying for Euroconsult to be able to honor their achievements."

The Winners Share Their Thoughts

Strategic Transaction of the Year

Google, Ching-Yu Hu, Head of Skybox Marketing
"We are honored to receive this prestigious award from Euroconsult. We dedicate this award to the customers and partners in the industry who have supported us since inception. We are thrilled to be a part of Google and to take our vision of providing timely, high-resolution satellite imagery and analytics to Google scale."

Newcomer Earth Observation Operator of the Year

JSC "National Company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary", Marat R. Nurguzhin, Acting President
"It is an honor to be recognized by our colleagues from the international Earth observation business community. It must be mentioned that such modest but gratifying achievement would not be possible without the cooperation with our strategic partner Airbus D&S and the highly-skilled SSTL team. We pledge to continue applying our best efforts to make this award a stepping stone to our future success."

Strategic Partnership of the Year

BlackBridge, Richard Goode, CFO
"BlackBridge is honored that Euroconsult has chosen to recognize us for the strategic partnership we have with Santiago & Cintra Consultoria. We believe that our continued success is a reflection of those we have chosen to partner with. Santiago & Cintra Consultoria is a thought leader in our industry and continues to bring innovative solutions to our market. Together we will continue to develop solutions for the complex challenges our customers face."

Santiago & Cintra Consultoria, Iara Musse Felix, CEO
"We would like to thank Euroconsult for recognizing the partnership between BlackBridge and Santiago & Cintra Consultoria which has created a unique scenario in the Brazilian market, allowing for continued development of complete solutions for users that demand consistent and updated geospatial information. The WebGIS solutions and online processing are able to offer the highest content of land use information ever obtained in Brazil, supporting important government projects, such as CAR - The Rural Environmental Cadastre, and the private sector, specifically agriculture monitoring."

[1]Innovation, strategic decisions related to infrastructure, commercial strategy and partnerships and their impact, etc.
[2]Financial performance indicators including revenue growth, commercial revenues, deal size, etc.

World Satellite Business Week & Summit on Earth Observation Business

The World Satellite Business Week is the unique executive meeting place for the global satellite business. It includes Euroconsult's flagship event, the Summit for Satellite Financing and the Summit on Earth Observation Business. The summit brings together over 130 top-level speakers and 700 senior executives from the satellite and Earth observation industry and the financial community. Top business leaders participate in this must-attend summit to discuss strategy, make deals and strike partnerships. www.satellite-business.com

About Euroconsult

Euroconsult is the leading global consulting firm specializing in space markets. As a privately-owned, fully independent firm, we provide first-class strategic consulting, develop comprehensive research and organize executive-level annual summits for the industry. With 30 years of experience, Euroconsult is trusted by over 570 clients in over 50 countries. Euroconsult is headquartered in Paris, with offices in Montreal, Washington, D.C., and permanent representation in Japan.

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