19 Jan. 1998

New NATO Assistant Secretary General for Scientific and Environmental Affairs

The Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Dr. Javier Solana, announces the appointment of Mr. Yves Sillard as Assistant Secretary General for Scientific and Environmental Affairs with effect from 19th January 1998.

Mr. Sillard was born on 5th January 1936 in Coutances, France.

He joined the Flight Test Centre in 1960 as Ingnieur Gnral de l'Armement after studying at the Institut Polytechnique and the Ecole Suprieure d'Arotechnique. In 1964 he took charge of the Concorde programme in the Civil Aviation General Secretariat. The following year, he was made responsible for the construction of the Guyana Space Centre and then for the development of the Ariane rocket programme and finally became general manager of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) from 1976 to 1982.

From 1982 to 1988 he was Chairman and Manager of the Institut Franais pour l'Exploitation de la Mer. He then became Delegate General for Armaments (1989-1993), then Chairman and General Manager of "Dfense Conseil International" (1994-1997). Since April 1997 he has been the official representative for space policy attached to the Ministry of Defence.

Mr. Sillard holds an Air Force pilot's licence (1200 flying hours).

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