Press Release

Senior management team proposed at ESA

By SpaceRef Editor
November 21, 2015
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Senior management team proposed at ESA

At an extraordinary meeting of the ESA Council held in Paris in restricted session on 21 November 2015, Council approved the Director General’s proposal for the future senior management team of ESA set out below. It is planned that the new senior management team will take up duty in early 2016.

In the area of Space Applications

-as Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA)
Ms Magali Vaissiere

-as Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities (D/NAV)
Mr Paul Verhoef

In the area of Science and Exploration

-as Director of Science (D/SCI)
Mr Alvaro Giménez Cañete

-as Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Programmes (D/HRE)
Mr David Parker

In the area of Space Technology and Operations

-as Director of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC)
Mr Franco Ongaro

-as Director of Operations (D/OPS)
Mr Rolf Densing

In the area of Administration

-as Director of Internal Services: Human Resources, Facility Management, Finance and Controlling, Information Technology (D/HIF)
Mr Jean Max Puech

-as Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services (D/IPL)
Mr Eric Morel de Westgaver

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU.
ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.
ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

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