Per Tegnèr, currently Director General of the Swedish National Space
Board, is the new Chairman of the ESA Council for the next two years (as
from 1 July 2002).

Mr. Tegnèr was unanimously elected at the 159th meeting of the ESA
Council, held at the Canadian Space Agency in Montreal on 12 and 13 June.
He will take over from Mr. Alain Bensoussan of France whose term of office
ends on 30 June 2002.

Per Tegnèr, born on 22 April 1944, holds a Master in Economics and worked
for more than 25 years for the Swedish Ministry of Industry. In 1998 he
was appointed Director General of the Swedish National Space Board and has
been the Head of the Swedish delegation to ESA since then.

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