The Board of Directors of Arianespace has named Stéphane Israël Chairman and CEO of the company, effective April 22nd.
Israël, 41, was appointed as a judge in the French Court of Auditors in 2001 after graduating from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). While in this position, he participated in studies concerning French space policy and the Ariane launch system. He moved to the aerospace industry in 2007, first as advisor to Louis Gallois, Chief Executive Officer of EADS, then holding various operational management positions at Astrium Space Transportation and Astrium Services.
In May 2012, Israël was appointed chief of staff to the French Minister for Industrial Renewal.
On being appointed to his new position, Israël said: “I would like to extend my thanks to the Arianespace Board of Directors for entrusting me with this position, and allowing me to carry on the excellent work accomplished by Jean-Yves Le Gall over the last ten years. It is indeed a great honour for me to be chosen to lead a company that is now the global benchmark in space transport.”