Vice President, Arianespace in French Guiana
Bruno Gérard is Arianespace’s Vice President for French Guiana operations, overseeing the company’s activities in French Guiana on the three launch pads for Ariane 5, Soyuz and Vega launch vehicles at the Spaceport launch base.
Gérard joined the company in July 1986 as an engineer in charge of propulsion activities for the Ariane 2 and Ariane 3 launcher versions in operations from the Spaceport’s no. 1 launch pad (ELA 1). He then was assigned various responsibilities as mechanical section manager, technical support department manager, and technical facilities division manager for Ariane 4 on launch pad no. 2 at the Spaceport, and Ariane 5 on the heavy-lift vehicle’s launch pad no. 3.
As project manager, he was in charge of the Soyuz launch system’s installation in French Guiana, leading to the medium-lift vehicle’s first Spaceport launch in 2011. He subsequently served as Vice President for the exploitation of Arianespace’s launcher family, composed of Ariane, Soyuz and the light-lift Vega launch systems.
Bruno Gérard is a graduate of France’s l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace (SupAéro), and has a master’s degree in Fluid Mechanics from the Paris VI University “Pierre et Marie Curie.”