Feb 10, 2011

EARSC Board appoints Secretary General

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Following a good year for EARSC, with significant achievements spreading the voice of the geo-information services industry, the Board of Directors is delighted to inform you that 2011 will start from a position of further strength: It is our great pleasure to announce the appointment of Mr. Geoff Sawyer as the new Secretary General of EARSC.

Geoff has recently taken an early retirement from industry, and now joins EARSC to embark upon a new challenge to drive forward the development of the geo-information services industry.

During his long and varied career, Geoff has held senior management positions in the space industry as well as numerous representative positions in the UK and Europe including 3 years as the chairman of EARSC (from 1991 to 1995) and as a member of several EU consultative bodies such as Spassec (for space and security) and the SecAG (Security Advisory Group). In addition to his extensive industrial experience, Geoff also spent 3 years working for the European Commission where he was responsible for supporting space policy and in particular the creation of the GMES initiative.

Geoff is very well known to many in the space and earth observation sectors and brings this deep wealth of experience and knowledge to support the ambitions of the geo-information industry that EARSC represents. Through his long and varied career, he has always been engaged in fostering innovative capabilities including some related to downstream applications markets. The Board of Directors is very excited to have been able to appoint him as Secretary General and we really look forward to working with him in this new role.

EARSC Secretary General, Mr Geoff Sawyer
Contact details: + 32 476737564. geoff.sawyer at earsc.org

The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) is the European organization which – on a non-profit basis – coordinates and promotes activities of their members in the area of services based on the delivery of geo-information products on customer demand.
EARSC´s MISSION is to foster development of European geo-information service industry.
Its VISION is a sustainable market for geo-information services, using remote sensing data, which is openly accessible to all members.
To achieve this EARSC will focus on: Customer awareness and acceptance of Earth observation and remote sensing
Improving Market access for our members
Nowadays, EARSC is embarking on a new strategy of Earth observation awareness and raising to industry the importance of working together for a better future. It is definitively becoming a real point of contact for Earth Observation Industry in Europe

EARSC Secretary General Press Release Jan2011