Richard Bowles joined Arianespace in 1986. At first working in a marketing support function he quickly moved to sales and took responsibility for Turkey and Canada. After successfully proving himself in those areas he was given the responsibility of promoting sales in S.E. Asia.

In 1991 his efforts were rewarded when the first satellite launch contract for Arianespace in South East Asia was signed for launching Thaicom 1. Since then many satellite launch contracts have been signed by Arianespace for customers in the region.

Mr. Bowles opened Arianespace’s Asean office in December 1996 and is currently their regional Director for Asean countries.