Jean-Yves Le Gall - Chairman & CEO of Arianespace
Jean-Yves Le Gall was named Chairman & CEO of Arianespace in 2007. Arianespace is the world’s leading launch company, deploying the Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launchers from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana. As Chairman & CEO, Jean-Yves Le Gall maintains a close relationship with the company's international clients and industrial partners, and represents Arianespace in relations with European governments and their space agencies. Jean-Yves Le Gall is also Chairman & CEO of Starsem, the company’s European-Russian subsidiary in charge of operating the Soyuz launcher at Baikonur.
Jean-Yves Le Gall has devoted his entire career to the European space program, including a series of positions with the French national scientific research agency CNRS, the French Ministry of Industry, Novespace, the French space agency CNES and Arianespace that he joined in 2001 as CEO.
Trained as an engineer and scientist, Jean-Yves Le Gall is Vice President of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) and a member of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). He is Chairman of the Medef International France-Japan and France-Russia CEO Boards and Co-Chairman of the European Union Japan Business Round Table (EJBRT).
Jean-Yves Le Gall received the Astronautics Prize from the French Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AAAF) in 2001. He was recognized by the magazine Via Satellite as its 2005 Satellite Executive of the Year, and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 from the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC). In 2011 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SPPI), and also received the Icarus Prize from the French association of professional aerospace journalists (AJPAE).
Jean-Yves Le Gall holds the ranks of Knight in the Legion of Honor and Officer in the National Order of Merit in France, and was awarded the Order of Friendship by the Russian Federation.