January 6, 2017

New challenges and digital transformation - CNES creates two new directorates at its Toulouse Space Centre

Under its Innovation & Inspiration objectives and performance plan, CNES is reorganizing to face the new challenges of space, to embrace the digital revolution and to foster synergies between its fields of expertise. To this end, Geneviève Campan has been appointed Director of Digital Technologies and Operations (DNO), and Marie-Anne Clair Director of Orbital Systems (DSO), effective 1 January 2017.

Geneviève Campan is a graduate of ENSEEIHT, the French national electrical engineering, electronics, computer science, hydraulics and telecommunications school, and holds a postgraduate diploma in Applied Mathematics from Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse. She joined CNES in 1980 as head of the agency’s space mathematics department. In 2001 she took charge of the Satellite Operations subdirectorate and then the Missions and Operations subdirectorate in 2008, where she was tasked with data spin-off from CNES missions, before being made Information System Director in 2011. Renowned for her key role driving current trends such as big data and spin-off, Geneviève Campan has also held the post of site director at the Toulouse Space Centre.

Marie-Anne Clair is a graduate of the ESTA aerospace engineering school and the Ecole Polytechnique Féminine. She has also risen through the ranks at CNES since joining the agency in 1983, becoming head of the Microsatellite division, then the Science Satellite department and the Balloons subdirectorate in 2009. Since 2013, she has been Deputy Director of Launch Vehicles. Throughout her career, Marie-Anne Clair has acquired solid experience in developing space projects that she will now be applying in her new position heading up the Directorate of Orbital Systems.

This reorganization, which follows on from the creation in 2016 of the Directorate of Innovation, Applications and Science (DIA), reflects the agency’s strategy geared towards boosting a growth sector that is creating jobs, and fuelling development of space applications to serve citizens, society and government.

On the occasion of these two appointments, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “CNES is continuing its efforts to adapt to the changing space landscape. With these two new directorates entrusted to two recognized leaders in their respective fields, we will be in a stronger position to meet the new challenges of space and drive the digital transformation of the agency.”

Pascale Bresson    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 75 39    pascale.bresson@cnes.fr
Julien Watelet    Tel. +33 (0)1 44 76 78 37    julien.watelet@cnes.fr
Fabienne Lissak    Tel: +33 (0)1 44 76 78 74    fabienne.lissak@cnes.fr