In 2017, Antonio Tajani was elected President of the European Parliament. He is a member of the European People’s Party and founding member of the Italian centre-right party Forza Italia. Antonio Tajani started his career as an officer in the Italian Air Force and worked as an Air Defense Controller. Later, he worked as a professional journalist for several Italian media (Il Settimanale, RAI 1 radio, Il Giornale). In 1994, he was elected in the European Parliament for the first time, and was reelected in 1999 and 2004. He was Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Transport from 2008 to 2010 and for Industry and Entrepreneurship from 2010 until 2014. In 2014, he was reelected in the European Parliament.
Maroš Šefčovič is Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Energy Union and the coordination of the European Union Space Policy. In this capacity, he leads the Energy Union project team of 14 commissioners that works on establishing a European Energy Union. Having previously served as European Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations and Administration (2010-2014), and as European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth (2009-2010), it is now his third term as Commissioner. Prior to his work in the Commission, Maroš Šefčovič has built a professional career as a diplomat, working as Ambassador to Israel (1999), followed by prominent positions at the Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2004 to 2009 he worked as the Permanent Representative of the Slovak Republic to the EU.
Mariya Gabriel was nominated in 2017 as Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. In this capacity, she works to facilitate and complete the digital single market. She is a member of the Bulgarian GERB party and of the EPP group. With two terms in the European Parliament (2009 and 2014), she is known for her work on foreign affairs, gender equality, visa policies and enlargement. From 2014 to 2017, she was Vice-President of the EPP group and Head of the Bulgarian Delegation in the EPP group in the European Parliament. She has been particularly active on the EU’s migration policies and visa liberalisation agreements with third countries. As a Vice-President of the EPP Group, she was responsible for maintaining the EPP Group’s relations with countries from the Mediterranean, Middle East and North Africa regions.
Violeta Bulc is the European Commissioner for Transport. She is a member of the Slovenian SMC Party (the Modern Centre Party). Before switching to the public office, she has gained experience working in executive positions for several companies in the IT- and Telecoms industry. In 1991, after obtaining a Master’s degree in Information Technology at the Golden Gate University in San Francisco, she kick-started her career in Silicon Valley. She then returned to Slovenia in 1994, where she held various positions at Telekom Slovenia and Telemach Ltd. From 2000 to 2014 she was owner and CEO of Vibacom, a company engaged in business solutions on sustainability and innovation. After her time as a CEO, she became Minister responsible for Development, Strategic Projects and Cohesion in the Slovenian government. That same year (2014) she was assigned the transport portfolio in the European Commission by Jean-Claude Juncker.
Eric Trappier has been Chairman and CEO of Dassault Aviation since 2013 and President of the ASD Defence since May 2017. After his military service in the French Navy as an officer, Eric Trappier joined Dassault Aviation in 1984 as a system engineer at the design office. Dassault Aviation is a French aerospace company with proven dual expertise as a designer and manufacturer of both military aircraft and business jets. In 1986, he was assigned to the NATO Interoperability Group. He became Vice-President, military aircraft sales, for the Middle East and Africa in 2000, and took over the worldwide military exports position a year later. Eric Trappier is also Chaiman of the French Aerospace Industries Association (GIFAS) and a member of the Circle of the Industry Association.
Dr. Thomas (“Tom”) Enders was appointed CEO of Airbus SE in 2012, after having been CEO of the Airbus Commercial Aircraft Division since 2007. Before that he served as Co-CEO of EADS between 2005 and 2007. He was Head of the Group’s Defence Division from 2000 to 2005. Prior to joining the aerospace industry in 1991, Enders worked, inter alia, as a Member of the “Planungsstab” of the German Minister of Defence and in various Foreign Policy think tanks. Enders was President of the BDLI (German Aerospace Industry Association) from 2005 to 2012. In 2014, Enders joined the Advisory Council of the Munich Security Conference as well as the Senate of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. He is patron of the German Mayday Foundation which supports airmen, women and their families in times of need.
Hans Büthker is a member of GKN’s Aerospace Executive Committee and Chairman and CEO of Fokker Technologies. Prior to the acquisition of Fokker by GKN Aerospace, Hans Büthker was Chairman and CEO of the Fokker Technologies Board of Management, responsible for the daily operation of the company and performance of Fokker Technologies. Before joining Fokker in 2006 as President of the Fokker Aerostructures Business Unit, he was Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) of Stork NV. Previous assignments include Managing Director Stork Industrial Modules and Stork Precisie. Hans Büthker holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA at INSEAD, Fontainebleau.
In July 2015, Warren East became Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce succeeding John Rishton. He was appointed a Non-Executive Director in 2014 and served as Chairman of the Science and Technology Committee, as well as being a member of the Audit Committee and Nominations and Governance Committee. Warren is a Non-Executive Director of Dyson Limited. He is a Chartered Engineer, educated at Oxford and Cranfield Universities. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Distinguished Fellow of the BCS. In May 2017, Warren was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. Prior to joining Rolls-Royce, Warren worked for ARM Holdings plc and was CEO from 2001-2013. He has also served as a Non-Executive Director on several boards of Engineering and Technology companies. In 2007, Warren was named Business Leader of the year at the National Business Awards and was named in Barron’s list of the world’s best 30 CEOs in 2011 and 2013. He was made CBE in the 2014 New Year Honours list for services to Engineering and Technology.
Stéphane Abrial is the Deputy CEO of Safran since 2013. Born in 1954, he is an engineer from École de l’Air de Salon-de-Provence. He holds several degrees from Military universities in France and the US. Stéphane Abrial started his career as a fighter pilot in 1977 and has held a number of leadership positions within the French Military. In 2002, he became Head of the Prime Minister’s Military Office. In 2006, he was selected to become Chief of Staff of the Air Force with the rank of general. In September 2009, he was appointed as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, located in Norfolk, Virginia, United States. Having left the military in 2012, he joined Safran in January 2013 as Advisor to Jean-Paul Herteman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Safran, before being appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Corporate Office on July 1, 2013. He was appointed as a Director of the Atlantic Council in April 2013, member of the Advisory Board of the Aspen Institute France in December 2013 and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Paris Air and Space Museum in February 2014.
Olivier Onidi is the Deputy Director-General for Security of the DG Migration and Home affairs (HOME). From 2002 to 2005 he was Head of Unit « Satellite Navigation Systems (GALILEO/EGNOS)” at the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. From 2004 to 2010, he was Head of Unit respectively « Internal Market, Air Transport Agreements » and « Air Safety and Environment », again at the Directorate-General for Energy and Transport. From 2010 to 2012 he worked as a Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Günther Oettinger (then in charge of the Energy portfolio). Prior to joining the DG Home in 2016, he has worked for the DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE), where he was Director for “Innovative and sustainable Mobility” and “European mobility Networks” (2012-2016).
Since September 2013, Patrick Ky has been the Director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). His mission is to further consolidate the role and responsibilities of the Agency to become a worldwide reference in aviation. Prior to his appointment as EASA Director, Patrick Ky was Executive Director of SESAR, the technological pillar of Europe’s Single European Sky (SES) initiative (2007-2013). He also held different managerial positions in the French Civil Aviation Authority, in a consulting company, and in Eurocontrol. He combines degrees in economics and engineering, as well as 24 years of working experience in civil aviation.
Florian Guillermet has been leading the SESAR Joint Undertaking as Executive Director since 1 April 2014. He had joined the SESAR Joint Undertaking first in 2008 as Chief Programme Officer to manage the SESAR Programme, and then as Deputy Executive Director Operations and Programme in 2012. He is an engineering graduate from École Polytechnique and the Civil Aviation Engineering School in France and holds a Master’s degree in aeronautics and airport management. Florian has been working in the field of civil aviation for more than 20 years, starting in the flight planning department of Air France before going on to the French Air Navigation Service Provider (DSNA), where he held several managerial positions. He then joined the European Central Flow Management Unit at Eurocontrol, where he contributed to a range of operational and IT projects. His experience ranges from ATM systems definition and implementation, to network operations management.
Hervé Multon has been occupying his current position since January 2016. He is a graduate of the Ecole Polytechnique and ENSTA (Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées) and holds a Master degree of Science from Stanford University. His professional career began at the French Procurement Agency DGA, within the French Ministry of Defence. For 15 years, he held various positions in this institution, first as Programme Manager for Franco-Italian ASTER missiles and launchers, then as Head of Office for Missiles and Electronic Programmes within the Programmes, Acquisition Methods and Quality Directorate. Hervé Multon was appointed Private Secretary to the head of the DGA, Jean-Yves Helmer, and also worked in the Procurement Agency’s Human Resources Management. In 2002, he joined Thales as Director of the Eurocat E Business Unit within the former Air Systems Division, running the business of ATM control centres for Europe. He then went on to manage the French Operations of Thales Raytheon Systems, the French-US joint-venture, worldwide leader in air defence command and control systems and ground-based radars. Since December 2009, he was Vice President, Deputy to the Strategy Senior Vice President of Thales.
Rainer von Borstel has been Member of the Executive Board of Diehl Stiftung since April 2010 and also became President of Corporate Board Diehl Aerosystems in October 2010. In this function, he is leading one of five Corporate Divisions of the Diehl Group. Before his current appointments, he spent almost two years as Head of the Aerospace Division at the industrial services supplier EDAG GmbH. In that capacity, he was also CEO of galley manufacturer Mühlenberg Interiors GmbH and engineering service provider ELAN GmbH. Earlier, he spent most of his previous professional career at aircraft manufacturer Airbus, where he held a number of increasingly senior positions between 1985 and 2008. In 2007 and 2008 he was first Senior Vice President Center of Excellence (CoE) Cabin and Cargo Customisation, then Senior Vice President CoE Fuselage and Cabin. Rainer von Borstel was born in 1959 in Cuxhaven (Germany) and attended the University of Applied Sciences (FH) in Hamburg.
Rolf Henke joined the DLR Executive Board on 1 November 2010 and is responsible for Aeronautics research. Born in Lüdenscheid in 1956, he studied Aerospace Technology at the Technical University of Berlin and did a research placement at the Cranfield Institute of Technology in 1981. Before his current position, Henke worked at the TU Berlin Aerospace Institute and MBB (now Airbus Operations). From 2002 to 2006, he also headed the EU technology platform AWIATOR, and was a Senior Project Manager and a member of the Airbus Research and Technology Management team. During this time, he was also a co-initiator and founding member of the Steering Committee at the German High-Lift Center, set up to safeguard the German work share, and Head of the Cluster for Conceptual Aircraft Design (CCAD) at LHD. In 2006, Henke became Head of the Institute of Aerospace Technology at the Technical University of Rhineland Westphalia in Aachen. Since 2009, he has been a member of the Programme Committee of the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) as well as a member of the Editorial Board of the Aeronautical Journals of the Council of European Aerospace Societies (CEAS). Moreover, since 2013, he is President of the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics Lilienthal –Oberth (DGLR).
Monika Hohlmeier is a member of the European People’s Party and of the German party CSU. She was member of the Bavarian parliament from 1993 to 1998 and later became Bavarian State Minister for Education and Schools (1998-2005). Since 2009, she has been a member of the European Parliament. She is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Budgets, member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, and member of the Delegation for relations with the People’s Republic of China. MEP Hohlmeier is also the President of the Sky and Space Intergroup in the European Parliament. Her parliamentary work is focused on issues such as security and the fight against terrorism.