Candace Johnson is a global infrastructure, network and innovation expert and entrepreneur. She is a co-initiator of SES Global, the world’s largest satellite system; founder of Teleport Europe, Europe’s first trans-border satellite communications company; and founder of Europe Online, the world’s first Internet-based online service and satellite internet provider. Candace is also the founding president of the VATM, Germany’s Association of Private Telecom Operators and the founding president of the Global Telecom Women’s Network. She continues to be associated with these companies today. In addition, Candace was global corporate vice president of Iridium from 1994-1996 and helped re-structure the company in its present form.
Candace is also a founding partner and investor in Sophia EuroLab, Europe’s first trans-border incubator with AXA, Caisse des Depots, and the Bayerische Landesbank as well as founding investor and Member of the Board of Ariadne Capital. She is also a founding member and board member of Sophia Business Angels and the Luxembourg Business Angel Network.
Candace received the Lifetime Achievement Award from her peers at the World Telecommunications Awards in 2002, an award that she shares with Vinton Cerf and Tim Berners-Lee. The Government of Germany has awarded her the Officer of the Federal Order of Merit and the Government of Luxembourg has awarded her the Officer of the Oak Crown for her services in European Telecommunications and Media.