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Charlotte Neyret
October 05, 2021

Charlotte Neyret begins her mandate as ESSP CEO

The European satellite service provider (ESSP) puts former European Development Director in Thales Alenia Space at the helm.

An experienced business leader, Charlotte Neyret succeeds Thierry Racaud and has officially assumed responsibilities as CEO of ESSP as of October 4. After 7 successful years, Racaud leaves ESSP with a solid track record of progress and achievement. He has led ESSP since it was selected as the EGNOS service provider of the contract with GSA (currently EUSPA) that began in January 2014.

Passionate by Aerospace for many years, Charlotte is joining ESSP with 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 has managed space-based Navigation Programs and then, as new Business Initiatives and European footprint development Director within the Strategy, she has established national and international partnerships and has been involved in various innovation projects and in the digital transformation of the company.

Philippe Chappuis, Chair of ESSP’s Board of Directors said:

“I am very pleased to announce Charlotte Neyret appointment as ESSP’s new Chief Executive Officer. Charlotte has extensive experience and knowledge of the sector and will bring a strong commercial background to ESSP. 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.”

Mrs. Neyret was appointed ESSP CEO in September of this year by the ESSP Board of Directors, after its comprehensive assessment of a number of international candidates.

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).
To get more information about ESSP, click here.
About EGNOS:
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). It is used to improve the performance of global navigation satellite systems (GNSSs), such as GPS and Galileo in the future. EGNOS was deployed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users. EGNOS provides corrections and integrity information to GPS signals over a broad area centred over Europe and it is fully interoperable with other existing SBAS systems.
EGNOS provides three services: Open Service (OS), Safety of Life (SoL) Service and EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS):
To get more information about EGNOS, click here.