Dr Xavier Bertrán is the newly appointed Senior Vice President for European Programmes at SES. His focus is on developing and expanding secure space-based telecommunication services with the European Commission and European Space Industry.
Prior to his position at SES, Xavier careered with Airbus, the aircraft manufacturer, where he held several executive positions and led business areas worldwide for Airbus including Upgrade Services, Diversification Programmes and Airbus ATR SAS as Chairman and Managing Director. Before that as an executive in the Space & Defence division of Airbus, where Xavier was also the Deputy Director for the Galileo PPP programme with the European Commission.
Xavier also served as a Member of the Board Directors of several companies including KID Systeme GmbH, Airbus Interior Services S.A.S, ATR GIE. He was also a non-executive Director at Skytra Ltd.
Xavier earned a doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Technology (RWTH) in Aachen and a Global Executive MBA from the IESE Business School in Barcelona. As a volunteer, he also served on the Board of the International School of Toulouse (IST) from 2015 to 2021.