Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
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.
Stéphane Israël is an expert in the domain of public economics and the aerospace industry. Stéphane Israël holds degrees from the Ecole normale supérieure and the Ecole nationale d’administration (ENA). He was appointed judge in the French Court of Auditors in 2001. In this position he mainly participated in missions concerning French space policy and the Ariane launcher family.
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 Head of Private Office of the French Minister for Industry, which includes the Ministry for Digital Economy, SMEs and Innovation.
A professor affiliated with the Ecole normale supérieure and Paris I La Sorbonne from 2005 to 2007, Stéphane Israël was also a teaching assistant at Harvard University in the United States from 1994 to 1995. He is Board member of three prestigious entities: CDC International, a co-investment body between Caisse des Dépôts and international sovereign funds; Havas, the 5th worldwide communication company; Ecole normale supérieure.