Avanti Communications Group PLC has announced the appointment of Christopher William McLaughlin as a non-executive director, effective 20 June 2019. Chris McLaughlin was a non-executive director of the company from 1 September 2017 until 30 May 2018 when he stepped down from the Board and was appointed as Avanti's Chief of Corporate and External Affairs. Chris McLaughlin is a FTSE-experienced, corporate and government marketing and communications specialist. He has an extensive background within new and emerging technology sectors. Joining Inmarsat plc in March 2004, prior to the successful 2005 IPO, he was a member of the senior executive management team and Chief Marketing Officer until January 2017. He was responsible for all global government, reputational, CSR, marketing, brand and sponsorship activity at the company. Chris has wide experience in emerging markets and demanding regulatory environments Producer and host of multiple global partner events, he was also responsible for the technology-proving, Volvo Ocean Race sponsorship from 2005, which continues. He has held similar international roles at Philip Morris International, Visa International, ITV, The BBC and worked in the Private Equity environment, acquiring and operating cable television groups in Europe.