Governance

Management Team

Pascal Claudel, Chief Operating Officer, Acting Executive Director 

As the Chief Operating Officer, acting Executive Director of the GSA, Mr Claudel’s mission is to ensure efficient and effective management of the Agency’s Galileo service, EGNOS service, Security, GSMC, Project Control and Market Development activities, working in a matrix organisation structure, leading GSA operational corporate activities.

Pascal Claudel has 30 years of experience fully dedicated to the Space sector - with a particular attention to relations with customers, both institutional and commercial from operational experience with the launch-related activities and adaptability to evolving customer needs to implementing a strategic vision with institutional and industrial partners.

Before joining the GSA, Mr Claudel held several positions in Arianespace, Thales Alenia Space or Starsem for instance. 

Mr Claudel holds an engineering diploma from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique de Nantes in France completed by his studies at the Centre des Hautes Etudes de l’Armement.  

Curriculum Vitae

Patrick Hamilton, Head of Administration

With experience in particular from the European Commission, Patrick Hamilton joined the GSA in 2013, becoming head of the newly created Project Control Department in 2014. With the reorganisation of the GSA in 2017 he became Head of Project Control & Office of the Executive Director & Quality. In June 2019, Mr Hamilton became Head of Administration of the GSA. He holds a Master of Physics degree and graduated in 2001.

Curriculum Vitae

Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Services Programme Manager

Rodrigo da Costa became the Galileo Services Programme Manager in March 2017. Prior to joining the GSA, Mr da Costa held several senior project management, business development, and institutional key account management positions in the space industry, in the areas of human space flight, exploration, launchers and R&D. Mr. da Costa holds a degree in Aerospace Engineering from the “Instituto Superior Tecnico” in Lisbon, a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Delft, and an MBA from the EuroMBA consortium of Business Schools

Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development

Fiammetta Diani is Head of Market Development at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) since January 2019, previously she was Deputy Head of Market Development. She has been working at the GSA since 2009 where she has been responsible for transport and governmental segments, while supervising mass market and professional domains, contributing to some of the major achievements in terms of Galileo market adoption and user uptakes. Before joining the GSA, she worked in the private sector for more than a decade, both in aerospace and information technology industry, with focus on market and business development of products, applications and services based on space technologies (GNSS, Earth Observation and Satellite Communications). Mrs Diani holds a master degree in Aerospace Engineering from Politecnico di Milano and a post-graduate Master in Economics and Business Administration of governmental and non -profit organisations from University of Ferrara, in Italy. 

Stefano Iannitti, Head of the Security Department

Stefano Iannitti has been an active contributor to the development of security in the European GNSS programmes since 2003. He took up his current position at the GSA in October 2015. Prior to this role, Mr Iannitti was the GNSS Security and Standards Manager at the GSA between 2014 and 2015, in charge of the management of the security requirements of both the Galileo and EGNOS programmes. Prior to that, he worked at the Agenzia Spaziale Italiana where he was appointed as Head of Galileo PRS Unit. From 2007 to 2011 he worked at the GSA as Security Accreditation Officer for the establishment of the Galileo security accreditation process and of the Security Accreditation Board for European GNSS systems. Mr Iannitti holds a Master degree in IT and Network Security, a PhD in Systems Engineering and a Degree in Computer Engineering from “La Sapienza” University of Rome.

Curriculum Vitae

Jean-Marc Piéplu, EGNOS Services Programme 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 Officer at the European Commission between 2009 and 2012, in charge of the Galileo IOV and FOC deployment phase activities. Prior to that he worked as GSA Head of System Implementation between 2007-2009.  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.

Curriculum Vitae

Declaration of Interest

Donna Reay, Head of Communications

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.

Philippe Rosius, Head of GSMC

Philippe Rosius is a former captain in the French Navy in which he spent 28 years. He has been assigned on surface warships as communication and information systems officer, operations officer, executive officer and commanding officer. He was deployed in several areas of operations such as Ex-Yugoslavia in the 90’s, Indian Ocean in the 2000’s or in the Caribbean for counter-narco operations. After the war college in Paris in 2007, he has been assigned to the Joint staff as navigation programme officer responsible for national navigation programmes and equipment and for following GNSS (GPS and GALILEO) for the joint staff in coordination with the other concerned ministries and CNES. He then moved to the new French Joint Space Command in 2010 with responsibilities in space policy (national and international) and cooperation with allies, NATO and EU institutions. After 15 years of military and naval operations, and a 10 years period in military space programmes, policy and cooperation, Philippe Rosius joined GSA on November 1st, 2017 as head of GSMC in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (France).

Curriculum Vitae

Miroslav Slezak, Head of Information and Communications Technology, Facility Management and Logistics Department

Mr. Slezak graduated from the Brno University of Technology in 1991. He holds a degree in software engineering, informatics and cybernetics. After a few years of commercial application development he entered the Czech diplomatic service and served for almost 10 years in various positions in Prague and Brussels, including 5 years in NATO HQ. He joined the GSA in Brussels in 2006 and in 2012 helped to establish its seat in Prague. In 2015, he contributed to the start-up of the Single Resolution Board in Brussels and from 2016 to 2019 led the IT unit of the European Defence Agency. He returned to the GSA in January 2020.

 Kate Szabo, Head of Finance Department

Kate Szabo joined the GSA in September 2012 after more than a decade of working for the European Commission in the Czech Republic in the area of finance. She became Head of Finance as of June 2016.

Ezio Villa, Head of Legal Department

With legal and procurement experience gained in law firms (Andersen Legal, EY Law, Studio Legale Pecoraro-Travostino) and in public sector (European Commission) Ezio joined the GSA as Head of Legal Department in 2016 from the European Commission.

Martina Vondraskova, Head of Human Resources department

With human resources experience acquired in private and public sectors, including at the European Commission, Martina Vondraskova joined the GSA in 2013. She became Head of Human Resources in 2018.  Ms Vondraskova holds a Master Degree in International Relations from Charles University in Prague and a Master degree in European Political and Administrative Studies, in Bruges, Belgium.

Administrative Board

Chairperson: Jean-Yves Le Gall, France

Declaration of Interest

Deputy Chairman: Alberto Tuozzi, Italy

Declaration of Interest

Administrative Board Members 

Represents 

Type of Member 

Name 

Surname (click on the name to see the CV)

France

Chair

Jean-Yves

Le Gall

Italy

Deputy Chair

Alberto

Tuozzi

Austria

Member

Christian

Eisner

Austria

Alternate Member

Matthias

Schreitl

Belgium

Alternate member

Marc

Haest

Bulgaria

Member

Svetoslava

Vangelova

Croatia

Member

Dinko

Staničić

Croatia

Alternate Member

Lukša

Čičovački

Cyprus

Member

Stelios

Tziortis

Cyprus

Alternate Member

Konstantinos

Anaxagorou

Czech Republic

Member

Ondřej

Šváb

Czech Republic

Alternate Member

Josef

Šobra

Denmark

Member

Gorm

Kofoed Petersen

Denmark

Alternate Member

Sannah

Plenaa Thorngreen

Estonia

Member

Paul

Liias

European Commission

Member

Pierre

Delsaux

European Commission

Member

Matthias

Petschke

European Commission

Member

Paraskevi

Papantoniou

European Commission

Member

Ekaterini

Kavvada

Finland

Member

Janne

Mänttäri

Finland

Alternate Member

Tero

Vihavainen

France

Member

Damien

Bellier

France

Alternate Member

Jean

Marechal

Germany

Member

Jan

Schöning

Germany

Alternate Member

Timo

Hoffmann

Greece

Member

Georgios

Synnefakis

Greece

Alternate Member

Athanasios

Paliatsos

Hungary

Member

András György

Éger

Ireland

Member

Ronan

Gallagher

Ireland

Alternate Member

Jason

Whelan

Italy

Member

Costantino

Fiorillo

Italy

Alternate Member

Dario

Sgobbi

Latvia

Member

Zita

Kanberga

Latvia

Alternate Member

Dainis

Valdmanis

Lithuania

Member

Arturas

Liatocha

Luxembourg

Member

Laure

Bourguignon

Luxembourg

Alternate Member

Marc

Serres

Malta

Member

Edward

Woods

Malta

Alternate Member

Antoine

Sciberras

Netherlands

Member

Peter

Diez

Poland

Member

Tomasz

Pinciurek

Poland

Alternate Member

Przemysław

Brzozowski

Portugal

Member

Manuel

Machado

Portugal

Alternate Member

Jose

Saragoca

Romania

Member

Cosmin

Constantin Nistor

Slovakia

Member

Gabriel

Stančik

Slovakia

Alternate Member

Michaela

Jánošíková

Slovenia

Pending appointment of new member

   

Spain

Member

Juan Manuel

Codosero

Spain

Alternate Member

Salvador

Álvarez Pascual

Sweden

Member

Christian

Hånberg

European Parliament

Member (Non-voting)

Roberto

Battiston

European Parliament

Alternate Member (Non-voting)

Wolfgang

Felber

Norway

Member (Non-voting)

Kjell Arne

Aarmo

Norway

Alternate Member (Non-voting)

Steinar

Thomsen

European External Action

Observer

Carine

Claeys

European External Action

Observer

François

Rivasseau

 

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: Bruno Vermeire, Belgium

Deputy Chair : Radovan Klima, Czech Republic

Updated: Mar 10, 2020