Executive Team

It takes a TEAM to make every mission a success

Ali Sajjad
Founder, CEO & President

Mr. Sajjad is an Indian American with over 30 years of successful experience in CONUS / OCONUS providing program management (PM), business development, and engineering services for the Space Technology and Telecommunications industries. He is privileged and honored to have supported the U.S. Warfighters in multiple theatres of operations and Forward Operating bases in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan. He was stationed in Kandahar until July 2013 Mr. Sajjad received his Bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Technology Management Mr. Sajjad has also taught basic Satellite Communications courses dealing with LEO (Low Earth orbit), MEO (Middle Earth Orbit) and GEO (Geo synchronous Orbit) satellites systems at several seminars globally. The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized Mr. Sajjad as a 2014 Emerging Leader, a select group of ONLY 20 premier small business CEOs from the highly competitive Washington DC metro area to move them to the next level of success.

Michael Bressette Jr
VP Global Operations

Mr. Bressette has over 20 years VSAT experience in Satellite communications., Radios and mechanical equipment. He started his career in the US ARMY 1 st Battalion 22 nd Infantry and was deployed to AOR Iraq where he was nominated for a purple heart. Career highlights include Country manager US Army LOGCAP IV program and Director Global Operations, Africa, Middle East and SWA. He pursued a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Dartmouth College and has also completed several Cisco training and advanced certifications programs including O3b and AVL.

Greg Brandsted
VP Global Programs

Mr. Brandsted has over 30 years of experience in military and civilian signal communications. He started his communications career in the U.S Army ending as a Senior NCO at the US Space and Missile Defense Command / Army Strategic Command. He has worked for several major contractors to include ARINC / SAIC / Raytheon / DRS throughout his civilian career supporting various military commands and organizations deployed world-wide. Mr. Brandsted was a Director of Programs at DRS and performed duties as the Deputy of the Program Management Office prior to joining the Simba Enterprises team. Mr. Brandsted has over 20 years’ experience specifically in Satellite communications for the US Government and brings that experience with him to the team.

Melissa Barnes
VP Finance

Ms.Barnes has 25 years of entrepreneurial achievements ranging from the logistics of establishing the physical presence of offices, negotiating contracts and leases, establishing operational procedures, budget and financial tracking, and the selection and recruitment of personnel necessary to take projects and concepts from the business plan to fully functional entities with consistent growth and accountability to their shareholders and Board of Directors responsible for managing day-to-day operations to directing sales operations (including Siebel operations) and hosting C-level corporate events. Consistently relied on by top management to work independently, solve process problems, negotiate contract and complete tasks. Additionally, Ms.Barnes also has 12 years of Compliance Auditing experience in all levels including Cyber Security, Identity Management and Compliance Requirements. Currently certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 27001:2014, and ATM for CMMI Level v2.0 Level 3 Services and Development.

Robert Strickland
VP Business Development

Mr. Strickland has over 40 years of experience in satellite communications. He started his satellite communications career in the U.S Air Force and has worked for several satellite communications companies including Federal Electric, GTE Spacenet, CTA Space Systems, ViaSat, Orbital Sciences, and SES Government Solutions. He was also a Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) contractor for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as part of DISA’s COMSATCOM team. Career highlights include being selected as the Flight Director on three major Satellite Launches and Managing the installation of Satellite communications and back office systems for the Government of Iraq Council (GOIC). He holds degrees from the Community College of the Air Force, University of Illinois Carbondale, Ft. Gordon Campus, and PMP certifications through the Defense Acquisition University.