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LUXEMBOURG & PRINCETON, N.J. & THE HAGUE, The Netherlands -- January 8, 2013

With profound sadness, SES S.A. (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announces the passing
of Robert (Rob) Bednarek, former CEO of SES WORLD SKIES and member of the SES
Executive Committee, after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age
of 55.

As SES’ Executive Vice President Corporate Development and member of the SES
Executive Committee since January 2002, Rob was instrumental in the execution
of the company’s geographic expansion strategy. During his tenure, Rob and his
team led the acquisition of New Skies in 2006, as well as the integration
process which followed. Rob became President and CEO of SES NEW SKIES in 2006,
and later of SES WORLD SKIES. In 2011 he took on an Executive Adviser role to
the President and CEO of SES while fighting his illness. Rob joined SES from
PanAmSat, where he held the position of Chief Technology Officer. In this
position he was responsible for the overall operation of PanAmSat’s satellite
fleet and associated terrestrial facilities.

“Rob will be remembered as a dedicated and innovative professional who helped
shape the world of modern satellite communications through his visions and
inspirations,” stated Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES. “His
accomplishments at SES significantly contributed to establishing the company
in its current leadership position and his life will remain a source of
inspiration for generations of satellite executives. But perhaps most of all,
Rob will be remembered for the dignity and respect with which he treated all
who were fortunate enough to know him. Rob will be sadly missed by all of us
at SES and by many in the satellite industry. Our thoughts and deep sympathies
are with his wife Elisabeth, his children Michael and Stephanie, and all other
members of Rob’s family.”

In 2011, Rob’s outstanding contributions to the development of the satellite
industry were honoured publicly when he was inducted into the SSPI’s Hall of
Fame (Society of Satellite Professionals International). This highly
prestigious industry award recognizes individuals who have devoted their
careers to the advancement of technology and to helping build the political
and commercial foundations of the satellite industry.

Prior to joining PanAmSat, Rob was the co-founder and partner of a Washington
DC based technology-consulting firm, Rubin, Bednarek and Associates,
specializing in communication systems engineering and technical regulatory
matters pending before the Federal Communications Commission. From 1979 to
1984 he served as deputy chief scientist for the US Corporation for Public
Broadcasting (CPB) where he managed the research, development and application
of new telecommunications and information technologies.

Robert Bednarek held a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, with a specialty in
communications theory and mathematical analysis, from the University of
Florida. He was also the holder of several US Patents involving GPS (Global
Positioning Systems).

About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52 geostationary
satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to
broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network
operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and
excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams
of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet
their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and
QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite
infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under:


Yves Feltes
Media Relations
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