The European satellite service provider (ESSP) placed Charlotte Neyret, former European Development Director for Thales Alenia Space, at its helm as chief executive officer.ESSP manages EGNOS, the European GNSS satellite-based augmentation system.
Neyret brings 24 years of experience in the aerospace sector in different positions, mainly within Thales Alenia Space. She started as an engineer, managing satellites operations and rapidly had various responsibilities in sales, marketing and business development in the space sector for ATM, in navigation and in telecom domains.
She managed space-based navigation programs and then, as new Business Initiatives and European footprint development Director within the Strategy, she established national and international partnerships and has been involved in various innovation projects and in the digital transformation of the company.
“Charlotte has extensive experience and knowledge of the sector and will bring a strong commercial background to ESSP,” said Philippe Chappuis, Chair of ESSP’s Board of Directors. “The Board is confident she has the skills and attributes to ensure ESSP continues to provide a first class service to its customers, and to be a leading player in broadening and expanding EGNOS use.”
She succeeds Thierry Racaud, who led ESSP for 7 years, since it was selected as the EGNOS service provider of the contract with GSA (currently EUSPA) in 2014.
About ESSP-SAS: Founded in 2009 by seven Air Navigation Services Providers (ANSPs) from France (DGAC/DSNA), Germany (DFS), Italy (ENAV)), Portugal (NAV-P), Spain (Aena), Switzerland (Skyguide) and UK (NATS) to act as service Provider for the EGNOS system, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service. ESSP has for mission the provision of the EGNOS Open Service (OS) and Safety of Life (SoL) Service compliant with ICAO SBAS standards and recommended practices throughout the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Region and is also in charge of the provision of the EDAS Service (EGNOS Data Access Service).