EUMETSAT appoints Cristian Bank as Director of Programmes

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) has appointed Cristian Bank, CEO of the Danish company Rovsing, as Director of Programme Preparation and Development.

Friday, 26 January 2018

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Mr Bank will take up his new role on 1 April.

“As a member of our Management Board, Cristian will be responsible for the development of our end-to-end satellite systems in cooperation with ESA, CNES, DLR NASA/NOAA and industry,” EUMETSAT Director-General Alain Ratier said.

“Cristian will first supervise the challenging development of our next generation core satellite systems, Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and the EUMETSAT Polar System of Second Generation (EPS-SG), which we expect will bring forecasting of high-impact weather into a new era in the next decade.

“He will also guide our contribution to the development of the Sentinel-6/Jason-CS ocean monitoring mission and prepare EUMETSAT for future Copernicus Sentinel missions planned by ESA and the European Union for monitoring the ocean and the composition of the atmosphere, in particular CO2.”

Cristian Bank has more than 25 years’ experience in the space sector.

He joined Rovsing in January 2016 from Airbus Defence and Space. Under his lead, Rovsing developed new product lines and expanded its customer portfolio, delivering products to large system integrators such as Airbus DS, Thales-Alenia Space and Lockheed Martin.


The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites is an intergovernmental organisation based in Darmstadt, Germany, currently with 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom) and one Cooperating State (Serbia).

EUMETSAT operates the geostationary satellites Meteosat -9, -10 and -11 over Europe and Africa, and Meteosat-7/-8 over the Indian Ocean.

EUMETSAT operates twoMetop polar-orbiting satellites as part of the Initial Joint Polar System (IJPS) shared with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

EUMETSAT is also a partner in the cooperative high precision ocean altimetry Jason missions involving Europe and the United States (Jason-2, Jason-3 and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6).

The data and products from EUMETSAT’s satellites are vital to weather forecasting and make a significant contribution to the monitoring of environment and climate change.

The European Union has entrusted EUMETSAT with exploiting the fourSentinel missions of the Copernicus space component dedicated to the monitoring of atmosphere, ocean and climate on its behalf. EUMETSAT will carry out these tasks in cooperation with ESA.

EUMETSAT has established cooperation with operators of Earth Observation satellites from Europe and China, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.

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