Juan Garces de Marcilla

Director of Copernicus Services
Copernicus Department

page tabs


Juan holds an engineering degree and has 30 years of international experience within the space industry, both with private and public organizations.

Juan currently holds the position of Director of Copernicus Services at ECMWF. Prior to ECMWF, Juan hold the role of CEO within the space industry, managing a P&L of 60 M€ and over 300 employees.

Juan has a wide background in space missions and satellite design & engineering, project management, procurement and operations. He has managed programs budgets of up to 500 M€ per year with major worldwide aerospace industries. He has a proven track record of driving growth, profits, revenues and customer satisfaction.




Professional interests: 

Spacecraft design and space missions, business management, business development, operational excellence, climate change, atmospheric composition


Career background: 

Graduation in Engineering in 1985, Spain

1985-1988, R&D engineer, manuafacturing industry, Spain

1988-1996, European Sapce Agency, The Netherlands, Satellite program engineer

1996-2009, EUTELSAT, France. Chief Technical Director, in carhge of satellite and launchers programs, with a yearly volume of 500 M€ (2-3 satellites per year).

2009-2015, Thales Alenia Space Spain, CEO.

Since 2015, ECMWF