At its 137th meeting held at the Agency's headquarters in Paris on 21 and 22 October the ESA Council appointed Mr Claudio Mastracci (Italy) Director of Application Programmes.
Born on 30 March 1940, Mr Claudio Mastracci graduated in electronic engineering at the University of Rome in 1964 where he also completed a postgraduate degree in telecommunications. In 1966, he joined Selenia (I) as a radio frequency designer in the Communication Division. In 1984 he was appointed Central Technical Director, a position he maintained when Selenia Spazio merged with Aeritalia GSS 1990.
In 1994 he became deputy General Manager of Alenia Aerospazio and then First Vice President Operations in 1997. Claudio Mastracci is at present Senior Vice President and Member of the Management Board of the Space Division of Alenia Aerospazio, where he is in charge of strategic alliances and international cooperation, with particular regard to new initiatives, product strategy and Research & Development. Mr. Mastracci is expected to take up his duties by 1 December 1998.