Erik Quistgaard was the second Director General of ESA, serving from 1980 until 1984. He passed away on 11 February 2013, aged 91.
Born on 3 June 1921, Mr Quistgaard gained a MS degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Before joining ESA, Erik Quistgaard was managing director of the Danish shipbuilding company OLS. He had earlier served as general manager and director of Volvo in Sweden, before that spent three years with the Chrysler Corporation in the USA.