GSA elects Jean-Yves Le Gall chair of Administrative Board

Published: 
04 July 2016
CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall was elected as the new chair of the GSA Administrative Board.
CNES president Jean-Yves Le Gall was elected as the new chair of the GSA Administrative Board.

The European GNSS Agency elected CNES President and France’s inter-ministerial coordinator for European satellite navigation programmes Jean-Yves Le Gall as the new chair of its Administrative Board.

During the 45th meeting of the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Administrative Board, CNES (the French Space Agency) president and France’s inter-ministerial coordinator for European satellite navigation programmes Jean-Yves Le Gall was elected as its new chair. The Board also elected Mark Bacon, representing the United Kingdom, as its new deputy chair.

“I am honoured to have been elected chair of the GSA Administrative Board, with Galileo now poised to enter its operational phase,” says Le Gall. “This election confirms the desire of Member States to join forces on the cusp of a prolific period for European space as we move Galileo towards full operational capability.”

Le Gall thanked outgoing chair Sabine Dannelke of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure for her leadership over the last few years and went on to say, “I look forward to working hand-in-hand with Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and everyone at the GSA, whom I already know well from my role at CNES.”

“With Galileo Initial Services set to launch later this year and the subsequent transfer of responsibility for Galileo operations to the GSA, this is a critical time for the agency,” says des Dorides. “I am pleased that the Member States continue to support the agency with confidence and I look forward to working closely with both Jean-Yves and Mark as Europe’s space programmes enter this new chapter.”

“I am very pleased to have been elected to work with the Board and I look forward to helping the GSA deliver on the Galileo and EGNOS programmes over the coming years,” adds Bacon.

The GSA Administrative Board is composed of representatives from each EU Member State, the European Commission, and the EU parliament. The Board meets three times per year to take various decisions (budget, work programme, etc.) and ensure that the Agency performs its entrusted tasks according to the regulation.

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Updated: Jul 28, 2016