Chairman & CEO, Arianespace
Since April 2013, Stéphane Israël is the Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, the world’s leading satellite launch services company. Arianespace operates the Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launchers from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. His mission is to define the company’s strategy, and to develop and maintain a close relationship with the company’s private and government customers from around the world. As Chairman and CEO, he represents Arianespace in relations with European governments, space agencies and industry partners.
Israël is an expert in public economics and the aerospace industry. He holds degrees from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). He was named a judge in the French Court of Auditors in 2001, where he mainly participated in missions concerning French space policy and the Ariane launch system.
He moved to the aerospace industry in 2007, first as advisor to Louis Gallois, Chief Executive Officer of EADS, then in various operational management positions in the defense branch of Astrium Space Transportation and the geo-information services division of Astrium Services. From May 2012 to April 2013, he was chief of staff in the cabinet of the French Minister for Industry, which includes the Ministry for Digital Economy, SMEs and Innovation.
A professor at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and Paris I La Sorbonne from 2005 to 2007, Israël was also a teaching assistant at Harvard University in the United States from 1994 to 1995. He has published two articles concerning industrial policy: Pour une nouvelle ambition industrielle, Fondation Terra Nova, 2010, and Vive l’industrie, Grasset, 2012.
Israël is a member of the Boards of Directors of CDC International Capital and Havas.