A senior space industrialist, author, telecommunications journal editor and adviser to the Italian government's technical council of its research ministry and commission for co-ordination and orientation of the national aerospace plan, Enrico Saggesse was appointed commissioner of the Italian space agency ASI on 1 August, a position that is to last for one year.
Born in Potenza, he is an electronic engineer with a postgraduate diploma who until this year was Finmeccanica's senior vice-president for space activities co-ordination.
Previously he was Telespazio's chief executive, where he had worked since 1976. He was the European Satellite Operators Association chairman and has lectured on telecommunications in India on behalf of the International Telecommunication Union.
Saggesse is also a member of the International Astronautical Federation's space system and communications committee.