Guillermet named SESAR chief

Florian Guillermet, deputy executive director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking (SJU), has been selected for the position of executive director.

SESAR, a research and development programme with a budget of €2.1 billion until 2016, aims to modernise the entire European ATM system. SESAR does so by pooling together the knowledge and resources of the entire ATM community, through a public-private partnership, the SESAR Joint Undertaking. Founded by the European Commission, Eurocontrol, and the following fifteen member companies: AENA, Airbus, Alenia Aermacchi, DFS, DSNA, ENAV, Frequentis, Honeywell, Indra, NATMIG, NATS (En Route) Limited, NORACON, SEAC, SELEX ES and Thales.

Guillermet’s appointment comes at a time when the SJU and its members prepare for the next phase of SESAR, Europe’s ambitious research and development (R&D) programme on Air Traffic Management (ATM).


Since joining the SJU in 2008, Guillermet has spearheaded major strategic and operational shifts across SESAR’s R&D process.  His expertise and knowledge of ATM and the SESAR Programme will be key as the programme continues to develop a growing number of SESAR solutions, mature enough to be taken on board by the industry.

After an exhaustive process, with a number of very strong candidates, we believe that the right person to lead the SESAR Joint Undertaking is Florian Guillermet,” said Matthias Ruete, Chairman of the Administrative Board of SESAR, and Director-General for Mobility and Transport (DG MOVE) at the European Commission. “Florian is a proven leader with strong technical skills, business acumen and the ability to bring people together. We believe that his extensive experience and clear vision of the required R&D process to modernise Europe’s ATM is exactly what SESAR needs as it moves to the next level of ambition.”

Guillermet has worked in the field of civil aviation for over 15 years, where he has been in charge of various operational and technical projects. His experience ranges from ATM systems definition and implementation to network operations management. Starting his career in the flight planning department of Air France, he then held several managerial positions at the French Air Navigation Service Provider, DSNA, before joining the European Central Flow Management Unit at Eurocontrol.

In June 2008, he joined the SJU as Chief Programme Officer where he was responsible for the definition and execution of the SESAR Programme. He was appointed Deputy Executive Director, Operations and Programme in January 2012.

Guillermet’s appointment should be effective as of 1 April, subject to the completion of the necessary administrative procedures required to finalise the recruitment. Commenting on his appointment, Florian said: SESAR is Europe’s most ambitious research and development programme and I am extremely honoured to have been chosen to steer the programme.”


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