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Verhoef named Galileo director by ESA Council

November 23, 2015  - By
Paul Verhoef

Paul Verhoef

The European Space Agency (ESA) has named Paul Verhoef its new Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities. Verhoef, former coordinator for Galileo activities with the European Commission, was named as one member of a new senior leadership team after a special meeting of the ESA Council in Paris on Nov. 21.

At the weekend meeting, the agency selected several new managers for key positions. The new leadership team is expected to start work in early 2016.

Space Applications

  • Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications (D/TIA), Magali Vaissiere
  • Director of Galileo Programme and Navigation-Related Activities (D/NAV), Paul Verhoef

Science and Exploration

  • Director of Science (D/SCI), Alvaro Giménez Cañete
  • Director of Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Programmes (D/HRE), David Parker

Space Technology and Operations

  • Director of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC), Franco Ongaro
  • Director of Operations (D/OPS), Rolf Densing


  • Director of Internal Services: Human Resources, Facility Management, Finance and Controlling, Information Technology (D/HIF), Jean Max Puech
  • Director of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services (D/IPL), Eric Morel de Westgaver

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