Peter Grognard, new Managing Director of the von Karman Institute

The Board of Directors has the pleasure to announce that Peter Grognard has been appointed as Managing Director of the von Karman Institute.

Since November 2014, Peter Grognard was managing director at Thales Alenia Space (TAS) and senior strategic advisor since July 2017.

For 14 years Peter Grognard was CEO of Septentrio, which he founded in 2000 as a spin-off company following an 18-month stay at IMEC.

Under his leadership, Septentrio played a strategic role in Europe’s Galileo programme. Between 1994 and 1998 Peter Grognard was Science Advisor at the Embassy of Belgium in Washington. Between 1992 and 1994 he was Delegate to the European Space Agency.

Peter Grognard was an assistant at VUB from 1988 until 1991, during which time he was also a member of the Board. He currently sits on the Boards of various industry associations, is co-founder and vice-president of Europe’s leading Galileo industry association, vice-chairman of the Federal Council for Science Policy, and director of Agoria Vlaanderen.

Mr. Grognard holds an engineering degree in Applied Physics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, a Master of Science in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology, and several advanced training certificates from universities in Belgium and the United States of America.


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