ATM Modernization, Commercial

Chene Takes Over SESAR Duties

By Woodrow Bellamy III | September 6, 2013
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The European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol) has appointed Claude Chene, former Director-General of the European Commission’s 
Directorate General for Personnel and Administration, as the interim executive director of the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) Joint Undertaking.
(Claude Chene, the interim executive director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Photo, courtesy of SESARJU.)
Chene’s appointment is effective immediately, as he looks to continue Europe’s modernization of its air traffic system, similar to FAA’s NextGen project in the 
U.S. According to a statement from Eurocontrol, Chene was selected based on his experience in the aviation industry. He first joined the European Commission in 1976 in the office of the Directorate General for Transport. 
“I am extremely pleased to lead SJU during this period of transition,” said Chene. 
Former SESAR Joint Undertaking chief Patrick Ky resigned from the position after begin appointed as the director of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) earlier this year. 

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