Deputy CEO and Chief Channels Officer Rita Elmounayer was appointed as CEO Designate by the SAT-7 International Council at its recent meeting, held before the NETWORK 2018 conference.

The transition of responsibility is likely to take place in 2019. Founder and CEO Dr Terence Ascott explains what will happen in the lead up to change:

“Rita will continue to operate in her current role as the Chief Channels Officer, and myself as the CEO. In this regard, she continues with her focus on supporting the Channels with their delivery of our strategic goals.”


Rita Elmounayer has been with SAT-7 since its very beginning. Born in Lebanon, she was the first presenter to brave being on-screen in 1996, when SAT-7 broadcast just a two-hour weekly Arabic program.

Now, 22 years on, Elmounayer’s passion and dedication for SAT-7’s ministry is stronger than ever: She comments:

“SAT-7 is trying to make a difference in this turmoil, society, and culture that we’re living in. God is always at work – we never know where and when the seed will grow. Our responsibility is to sow it.”


Having invested over 40 years in the Middle East and building SAT-7 from the ground up, many are asking what Dr Ascott’s plans are for the future. He comments:

“When most people retire, they pursue what they enjoy – this is what I enjoy doing! After the transition takes place, I will take on a new role, as “Founder/President”. This will initially include continuing to be available to Rita as the new CEO and other members of the Middle East Leadership Team – for advice or help, as requested. It will also involve me continuing to promote the organisation to our supporters and potential supporters worldwide, spending more time writing and in supporting our governance structures.”

The International Council’s Executive Board will meet in July 2018 to agree Dr Ascott’s future role with the ministry.

Please pray for Ms Elmounayer, Dr Ascott, and SAT-7’s leadership in the coming year of transition. Please pray that SAT-7 remains faithful to God’s leading and that He would be glorified through its ministry.

Latest news