As Chief Operating Officer of the GSA since February 2019, Pascal Claudel’s main missions are to ensure the efficient management of Galileo and EGNOS services continuity and of new services implementation including the operation and the infrastructure security, to develop the EU space programmes data use for all market segments in order to benefit the economy of all Member States, and to support all the Agency’s corporate activities.
Pascal Claudel has 30-year experience fully dedicated to the European space sector, first in private-public partnerships with Arianespace and Starsem (launch services providers), and then in the Industry with Thales Alenia Space.
Throughout the launch services provider experience, he acquired solid programmatic and operational skills with the launch-related activities. Matching his high-level corporate management with a strategic vision towards institutional and industrial partners in line with the European Union Space Strategy, he was devoted to raising Europe’s leadership and its strategic independence in space. Pascal Claudel also witnessed the breakthrough of Galileo EU Flagship Programme during the launch of the first Galileo satellites from the European spaceport in French Guyana. Then before joining GSA, at Thales, he enlarged his competence in navigation and observation infrastructures through the development of a long term vision for the EU industrial policy.
Pascal Claudel has engaged himself in a career shift from the heavy Space Industry to the pursuit of the European dream of bringing Space to Earth. He is determined to build up on the promising New Space Programme as catalyst for numerous EU policy domains that will shape the future EU Space Economy and impact the daily lives of all European citizens.
Pascal Claudel holds an engineering diploma from the École Centrale de Nantes in France and completed his studies at the Centre des Hautes Etudes de l’Armement.