Senior Vice President – Advisor to the CEO for Strategic Affairs
Louis Laurent is Senior Vice President – Advisor to the CEO for Strategic Affairs. In this role, he will lead strategic analysis regarding the company’s future. Previously, Laurent was Senior Vice President – Programs, a responsibility he exercised beginning in July 2008, then Senior Vice President – Engineering and Operations from April 2016 to March 2017.
His entire career has been devoted to the space sector. Laurent served in the Launcher Directorate at the CNES French space agency, including development of the Ariane 5 launcher, and he worked as CNES’ space attaché in the French embassy to the United States in Washington, D.C. from 1995 to 1999.
Returning to Europe, Laurent joined Arianespace as Vice President of International Affairs; and then became Vice President – Development Programs in 2003, with a focus that included creation of the French Guiana launch site for the Russian-built Soyuz medium-lift launcher, along with launch site preparations for the light-lift Vega launcher.
Louis Laurent is a graduate of France’s l’Ecole Polytechnique, l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (Supaéro), and l’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Toulouse.