EASA names new chief to succeed Goudou

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European Aviation Safety Agency chief Patrick Goudou is to step down from his post on 1 September, to be succeeded by Patrick Ky, the head of the resarch organisation governing the Single European Sky initiative.

Ky will take on the post of EASA executive director, having headed the SESAR Joint Undertaking, tasked with steering the modernisation of European air traffic management, for six years.

Goudou has led EASA since it came into effect a decade ago, and his term is due to end in August.

Ky was appointed to his position at the helm of the SESAR programme having previously served with the French civil aviation authority and Eurocontrol.