Governance

Management Team


Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director

As Executive Director of the GSA, Mr. des Dorides sets the vision of the Agency and ensures that the GSA is well placed to accomplish its mission of supporting the effective operation, maintenance and security of the Europe’s satellite navigation systems, while guaranteeing optimal service levels and developing applications and services that ensure the satellites benefit end users.  

Mr des Dorides has almost three decades of experience managing space service focussed teams. Most recently, he had key management responsibilities at the European Commission and was responsible for the definition of the Galileo/EGNOS exploitation phase and the EGNOS operational phase.

Before joining the Commission, Mr. des Dorides led the Concession Department at the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and served as Chief Negotiator of the Galileo Public-Private-Partnership/Concession contract at the Galileo Joint Undertaking.

Mr des Dorides’ career has focussed on program management and operations of advanced satellite systems. As Director of Programs and Engineering at ENAV, the Italian air navigation service provider, he was responsible for updating the technology of Italian airports and Area Control Centres. Prior to that he held several management positions in the aerospace private sector including Head of advanced telecommunication programs and Program Manager for major satellite telecommunication projects at Alenia Spazio. Within these organisations he managed a significant number of projects in the areas of contracts, procurement and service engineering.

Mr. des Dorides holds a degree in engineering from the University of Rome and an M.B.A. from CUOA, Vicenza, Italy, complemented by his studies at the International Space University in Toulouse.

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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.

Curriculum Vitae

Declaration of Interest

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

Patrick Hamilton, Head of Project Control Department

With experience in particular from the European Commission and the UK Civil Service, Patrick Hamilton joined the GSA in 2013, becoming head of the newly created Project Control Department in 2014. He holds a Master of Physics degree from Oxford University and graduated in 2001.

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.

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Olivier Lambinet, Head of Administration

With legal, corporate and administration 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.

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Declaration of Interest

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.

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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.

Marc Chanfreau, Head of ICT Department

With a great experience in ICT infrastructure, CIS project management and Security, Marc Chanfreau joined the GSA in 2016 from the French MoD. During this period he has developed an extensive CIS work knowledge with various Ministries of Defense (in Africa and Cambodia), International Organizations (EU, UNO and NATO) and Multinational coalition (Kuwait).

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Kate Szabo, Head of Finance

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.

Charles Villie, Head of the GSMC (Acting)

Charles Villie has been working as senior GNSS project manager for the GSA and for the European Commission for the last 10 years. Charles is acting as Head of the GSMC (f.f) since April 2017 and is the Galileo PRS Service Manager. He recently led the preparation of the Galileo Working Arrangement with ESA. He was before the EGNOS Project Manager who successfully prepared the declaration of the 3 EGNOS services (OS in Oct 2009, SoL in March 2011, and EDAS in July 2012). Prior to joining EGNOS and Galileo, he developed many satellites projects for industries in Europe and in Canada, covering all engineering satellite cycles from development to launch and operations.

Administrative Board

Chairperson: Jean-Yves Le Gall, France

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Deputy Chairman: Mark Bacon, The United Kingdom

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Administrative Board Members

Represents

Type of Member

Name

Surname

France

Chair

Jean-Yves

Le Gall

United Kingdom

Deputy Chair

Mark

Bacon

Austria

Member

Christian

Gaisbauer

Belgium

Member

Agnès

Grandjean

Bulgaria

Member

Philip

Kirev

Croatia

Member

Dinko

Staničić

Cyprus

Member

George

Komodromos

Czech Republic

Member

Vaclav

Kobera

Denmark

Member

Niels

Remmer

Estonia

Member

Paul

Liias

European Commission

Member

Matthias

Petschke

European Commission

Member

Philippe

Jean

European Commission

Member

Ekaterini

Kavvada

European Commission

Member

Pierre

Delsaux

Finland

Member

Seija

Miettinen-Bellevergue

France

Member

David

Comby

Germany Member

Jan

Schoening

Greece

Member

George

Synnefakis

Hungary Member

Viktor

Szabo

Ireland

Member

Niamh

O Brien

Italy

Member

Constantino

Fiorillo

Latvia Member Valters Bajars

Lithuania

Member

Arturas

Liatocha

Luxembourg

Member

Anne

Blau

Malta

Member

Edward

Woods

Netherlands

Member

Wim

Ploeg

Poland

Member

Justyna

Romanowska

Portugal

Member

Andre

Marques

Romania

Member

Marius

Ioan Piso

Slovakia

Member

Tibor

Javor

Slovenia

Member

Zlatko

Podgorski

Spain

Member

Alvaro

Herrero Porteros

Sweden

Member

Thorwald

Larsson

European Parliament

Member (Non-voting)

Antonio

Tajani

Norway

Member (Non-voting)

Erik

Uribarri

Norway

Member (Non-voting)

Jo

Heier

European External Action

Observer

François

Rivasseau

European External Action

Observer

Carine

Claeys

Austria

Observer

Elisabeth

Klaffenboeck

Denmark

Observer

Marianne

Winther

Italy

Observer

Dario

Sgobbi

Malta

Observer

Steve

Agius

United Kindom

Observer

Paul

Hancock

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, The United Kingdom

Deputy Chair: Bruno Vermeire, Belgium

Updated: Sep 22, 2017