CSA, CNES Presidents to Depart

Steve MacLean

The Canadian and French space agencies will be getting new presidents over the next two months.

CSA President Dr. Steve MacLean will be stepping down on Feb. 1 for greener pastures in the private sector. The former astronaut, who flew in space twice, has served as the agency’s president since 2008.

CNES President Yannick d’Escatha will retire in mid-March when he turns 65, which is the mandatory retirement age for heads of government agencies in France. He has served in that position for a decade since his appointment on Feb. 19, 2003.

Below is the CSA press release on MacLean’s departure:

The President of the Canadian Space Agency Dr. Steve MacLean has announced his plans to leave the Agency on February 1 to assume a position in a new venture to be created by Mike Lazaridis. Dr. MacLean has been serving as President of the CSA since 2008.

During his tenure as President, he was devoted as an accomplished physicist, astronaut and administrator to advancing the Canadian Space Program.

In his new position with Mr. Lazaridis, Dr. MacLean will be leading a team pursuing breakthrough scientific Research and Development in the highly specialized field of Quantum Physics.

One of the original-six Canadian astronauts, Dr. MacLean joined the Canadian Astronaut Program in 1983. He has completed two highly successful missions in space, before assuming responsibility as President of the Canadian Space Agency.