Jeff Smith

Head of Connectivity, Airbus Defence & Space

Jeff Smith

Speaker Bio

Jeff has been leading the connectivity strategy and business development activities in the Airbus Zephyr programme for the past 2.5yrs. Jeff brings together strategist, marketer and business development skills with over twenty five years’ experience progressing through customer service, technical management, product development, management, marketing, MIS, business development and senior strategic roles across APAC, EMEA and the US.


With a track record of delivering the development, launch and successful growth of multiple products and services such as high speed data services, Unified Comms, Managed Services, Managed Security, Mobility and Data Centre expansion, with more recent success in the development of SDWAN and combined service orchestration services.


Zephyr and HAPS is a whole new ecosystem on the cusp of commercialisation to tap into the vast opportunities that connectivity, Earth Observation and other applications promise. The increasing interest and number of companies now involved is testament to this.


Jeff recently accepted the Vice Chair marketing role with the HAPS Alliance and is looking forward to collaborating with Mobile Network Operators around the world as we finalise the commercial adoption of stratospheric services.