Governance

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Management Team

Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director

Carlo des Dorides was nominated the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency in January 2011. Before taking office, Mr. des Dorides had key management responsibilities at the European Commission, DG Enterprise. In particular, he was responsible for the definition of the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phase.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. des Dorides was Head of the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and, in this same function, he served as chief negotiator of the Galileo Public–Private–Partnership/ Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking.

Prior to his work with the European Union, Mr. des Dorides was Director of Programs and Engineering at ENAV (Ente Nazionale Assistenza al Volo) and was responsible for updating the technology of Italian airports and Area Control Centers. He has also held several senior management positions in the aerospace private sector including Head of Unit for advanced telecommunication programs and Program Manager for major satellite telecommunication projects at Alenia Aerospazio. Mr. des Dorides holds a degree in engineering from the University of Rome and an MBA from CUOA, Vicenza, Italy.

Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development

Gian Gherardo Calini became GSA's Head of Market Development in December 2006. Prior to joining the GSA, he held senior marketing and business development positions in the transportation and service industries. He built his management experience working for McKinsey & Company, Procter and Gamble and Citibank, where he held marketing and business development positions. Mr. Calini holds a Master's Degree in Economics and Commercial Engineering from “La Sapienzia” University in Rome and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD in Fontainebleau.

Horst Faas, GNSS Exploitation Program Manager

Horst Faas joined the GSA in July 2012 and has more than 23 years of experience in various large space projects. Mr. Faas previously worked as a Project Manager at the inter-governmental satellite organisation EUMETSAT in the development of complex ground systems. For more than 13 years he held various positions in industry, covering ground systems development and spacecraft systems engineering in earth observation and science projects. Since 2004 Mr. Faas has been involved in the Galileo project as Technical Manager of the Galileo Mission Segment at the industrial prime ESNIS GmbH and from 2008 onwards he held a senior management positions at Astrium GmbH, as Head of Navigation System Programs and as Project Manager of the Astrium Galileo system team. He was also involved in the EGNOS V3 phase A and phase B activities. He holds a German diploma degree in meteorology and completed a M.Sc. course in remote sensing at the University College London.

Jean-Marc Piéplu, GNSS Exploitation Program Manager

Jean-Marc Piéplu has been an active contributor to the European GNSS programmes development since 1994. He took up his current position at the GSA in May 2012. Prior to this role, Mr Pieplu was the Galileo Project Manager at the European Commission between 2008 and 2012, in charge of the Galileo IOV and FOC deployment phase activities. He previously worked at the European Space Agency and at Thales Alenia Space France, in charge of early Galileo Mission analyses, of the EGNOS Performance & Algorithms engineering, of the EGNOS Central Processing Facility Design and Development, of the Galileo System Engineering (at Galileo Industries in Rome) and of the Galileo Ground Mission Segment Design and Development. Mr. Piéplu graduated in 1989 from ISAE/Sup’Aéro (Aeronautics & Space Engineering diploma) in Toulouse, France and holds a MBA from IAE Toulouse, France.

Jeremie Godet, Head of the Security Department

Jeremie Godet joined the GSA as Head of the Security Department in 2013 after having served for about 10 years in the European Commission where he notably played an important role in the frame of the cooperation between the EU and the U.S. on GPS and Galileo. He also contributed over the past 15 years in establishing the foundations of the Galileo signals and services in particular the Galileo PRS, respectively in CNES, ESA, the European Commission and now in the GSA. Mr. Godet holds degrees from the French engineering school ENST in Brest and the International Space University in Strasbourg.

Olivier Crop, Head of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC)

Olivier Crop started his current role as Head of the GSMC in 2012 after being the Agency's Head of the GSA Security Department for 5 years. Prior to this role, Mr. Crop was in charge of the definition and implementation of the governmental applications of Galileo at the GSA, including the coordination with European institutions and Member States. He previously worked in France, from 2003, on research and development activities related to the specification and procurement of security studies for the governmental applications of Galileo, and, from 2000 to 2003, as the head of a GNSS laboratory providing expertise and test reports on GPS receivers. Mr. Crop has an engineering education and diploma in aeronautical and space domains from ENSICA in Toulouse, France.

Fernando Ramos, Head of the Finance Unit

Fernando Ramos was appointed Head of the Finance Unit of the European GNSS Agency in July 2012. He was previously Budget Officer for the GSA. Prior to joining the GSA, Mr. Ramos was part of the team in charge of setting up the European Supervisory Authorities for financial markets at the Directorate General of Internal Market and Services in the European Commission. Before working within the European institutions, Mr. Ramos was Advisor at the International Department of the Association of European Chambers of Commerce (Eurochambres) and worked for the Spanish Chambers of Commerce (2000-2003).

Olivier Lambinet, Head of Legal Department

With legal experience gained in international private practice (Linklaters), industry (Tyco) and the public sector (UN and EU) Olivier LAMBINET joined the GSA in 2014 from the EASA. He holds a law degree from the University of Louvain, a degree in European law from Saarbrücken University, a Master of Laws from the University of London and qualified at the Brussels bar.

Miroslav Slezak, Head of ICT and Logistics

Miroslav Slezak became Head of the ICT and Logistics Department in December 2010. He has been working on related aspects for the Agency since joining the GSA in 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Slezak was in charge of the internal administration and Head of IT at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union. Mr. Slezak also worked in similar capacities for the Czech Delegation to NATO, the Czech embassies in the Benelux countries, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Prague. Mr. Slezak has a degree in software engineering from the Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic.

Donna Reay, Head of Communication

In 2009 Donna Reay became the Head of Communications for the GSA. From 2007 - 2009, Ms. Reay served as Communications Officer and Spokesperson for the agency. Previously, as Communications Officer for the European Commission’s Transport Research Directorate, she worked on a range of European transport and aerospace aspects, including European Space Policy, Security Research, and GMES (now Copernicus). Prior to her work within the European institutions, Ms. Reay worked as a communications consultant on a range of European research and technology initiatives in Brussels and held several communications management positions for private industry in the United States. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Communications from the University of Florida and a Masters in International Relations from Boston University.

Andrea Zentrichova, Head of the Human Resources Department

Andrea Zentrichova was appointed Head of the Human Resources Department in February 2014 after being Acting Head of the Human Resources since 2012. She has 10 years of professional experience within the European Institutions. Previously she held a position of Project Training Officer at the European Agency for Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (FRONTEX, Warsaw). She was part of a team managing the development and implementation of the Common European Training Standards for border control personnel of all the Member States. Prior to this role, she worked as Human Resources Manager at the Council of the European Union in Brussels. She had been also in charge of organising open competitions during her three year engagement with the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) in Brussels. Ms Zentrichova holds a degree in Pedagogy, specialising in Andragogy, from the University of Jan Amos Komensky in Prague.

Fernando Navarro, Senior Manager, Office of the Executive Director

Fernando Navarro was appointed to the Office of the Executive Director in May 2012 with the mandate to oversee Special Projects, first one being assessing the Agency’s key processes and seeking an ISO 9001 standard Quality certification. Prior to joining the GSA Mr Navarro had initiated his career in the public/multilateral environment at The Word Bank in Washington DC. Mr Navarro had also held various management positions in private sector financial institutions, financing complex infrastructure and service projects result of close cooperation between private and public sectors. Mr Navarro complemented these experiences with public sector consultancy assignments, some of them involving the European Commission. Mr Navarro holds both Law and Business Administration degrees from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas in Madrid (ICADE) and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University (MPA2).

Administrative Board

Chairperson: Sabine Dannelke,Germany

Deputy Chairman: Christian Gaisbauer, Austria

Administrative Board Members

Austria

Christian Gaisbauer

Belgium

Agnes Grandjean

Bulgaria

Kamen Rangelov

Croatia Dinko Stanicic

Cyprus

George Komodromos

Czech Republic

Vaclav KOBERA

Denmark

Knud ELM-LARSEN

ESA (Observer representative) Didier Faivre

Estonia

Priit Soom

European Commission Daniel Calleja, Paul Flament, Christian Siebert

, Ekaterini Kavvada

European Parliament (non-voting representative) Angelika Niebler

Finland

Seija Miettinen-Bellevergue

France

Gael Scot

Germany

Sabine Dannelke

Greece

Ioanna Samprakou

HR (Observer representative) tba

Hungary

Istvan Erenyi

Ireland

Ethna Brogan

Italy

Roberto Ferrazza

Latvia

Maris Andzans

Lithuania

Arturas LIATOCHA

Luxembourg

Anne Blau

Malta

Philip Micallef

Norway (non-voting member)

Jo Heier

Poland

Justyna Romanowska

Portugal

Albano Coutinho

Romania

Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

Slovakia

Tibor Javor

Slovenia

Zlatko Podgorski

Spain

Pablo Vasquez

Sweden

Thorwald Larsson

The Netherlands

Wim Ploeg

UK

Mark Bacon

Security Accreditation Board

The Security Accreditation Board is composed of one voting representative per Member State, one representative from the European Commission, and one from the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. A representative of the European Space Agency shall be invited to meetings as an observer.

The Security Accreditation Board performs the tasks entrusted to the Agency with regard to security accreditation under Article 16(a)(i) of Regulation (EC) No 683/2008 and take ‘security accreditation decisions’ as provided for in Article 11 of (EU) No 912/2010, in particular on the approval of the security accreditation strategy and of satellite launches, the authorisation to operate the systems in their different configurations and for the various services, the authorisation to operate the ground stations and the sensor stations located in third countries, as well as the authorisation to manufacture receivers containing PRS technology and their components.

Chair: Jeremy BLYTH (UK)

Deputy Chair: Bruno Vermeire (BE)