Brussels - 08 January, 2015 European Defence Agency
Roland Van Reybroeck has been appointed EDA Cooperation Planning and Support (CPS) director on 1 January 2015. He previously held the position of Head of Governance & Policy Support to the Belgian Chief of Defence.
“I look forward to working very closely with the highly qualified and experienced EDA staff in order to meet the objectives set out by the European Council and Member States”, Roland Van Reybroeck stated upon his arrival at the European Defence Agency.
As Cooperation Planning and Support Director, Roland Van Reybroeck will address through-life cooperation opportunities for capability development, from priority-setting to in-service support. The CPS directorate also provides direct support to CSDP missions and operations as well as a cooperative platform for military airworthiness, standardisation, certification and training. It also encompasses the Agency’s support role in developing the Single European Sky.
“The skills of Roland Van Reybroeck will allow us to move on with projects of critical importance for the defence community such as the establishment of common military airworthiness standards, the development of multinational exercises or the smooth implementation of SESAR from the perspective of military users”, EDA Chief Executive Claude-France Arnould commented. “The CPS directorate is home of some of the key enablers that can be used by Member States to save money through a cooperative approach”, she added.
As part of his previous assignment with the Belgian Chief of Defence, Roland Van Reybroeck and his team helped prepare the development of a comprehensive long-term vision for Belgian defence. Prior to that, as a Senior Manager of the NATO Helicopter Management Agency (NAHEMA), he led the reorganisation of this body, established an in-service support strategy for the NH90 helicopter and developed cooperation with countries such as Finland, Norway, Sweden and Australia.
Before he joined the NATO Agency, Roland Van Reybroeck was Head of Office of two Belgian Chiefs of Defence after having accumulated 20 years of experience in military aeronautics and collaborative programmes.
Roland Van Reybroeck started his career as a F-16 Maintenance Officer with the Belgian Air Force in Kleine Brogel, where he returned later in his career to become Maintenance Squadron Commander. He then went on to become Training Aircraft Programme Manager and F-16 Programme Manager.