Evert Dudok has been Executive Vice President of Communications, Intelligence, and Security (CIS) since the creation of Airbus Defence and Space in 2014. In this role, he is responsible for a wide range of businesses that provide services and solutions related to secure communication, satellite imagery and intelligence, integrated defence and security systems, and cyber security. He is a member of the Airbus Defence and Space Executive Committee.
Prior to that, he was the CEO of EADS Astrium Services, a Member of the Board of Directors of Astrium, and Chairman of the Managing Board of Astrium GmbH. He was also previously CEO of Astrium Satellites and President of Space Transportation at Astrium.
Dudok began his long career in the aerospace, defence, and security industries as a development engineer at MBB (later DASA, the former aerospace subsidiary of Daimler-Benz AG). He focused on antenna products and technologies for space applications for the first 10 years of his career, before increasingly taking on more commercial and strategic roles. After the creation of Astrium in 2000, Dudok took over the role of Director of the Business Unit Navigation & Constellations, which shortly after broadened to encompass all of the Earth Observation, Navigation & Science satellite activities.
Having spent the bulk of his career based in Germany, Evert Dudok is a recognised figure in German and European discussions around space activities. He is currently the Vice Chairman of the “Luft und Raumfahrtsysteme” Group of the Bundesverband der Deutschen Luft- und Raumfahrtindustrie e.V. (BDLI) in Germany, and in 2017, is also serving as the Chairman of the EMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA).
In addition, Dudok is a board member of Jenoptik AG since 2015.
Evert Dudok is a Dutch citizen, born in Venlo, the Netherlands in 1959. He obtained his degree in Electrical Engineering Summa Cum Laude from the Technical University of Eindhoven in 1984. He speaks Dutch, English, and German fluently, and has been known to stumble his way through a few speeches in French as well. He is a proud grandfather, father of two sons, and husband. He and his wife have been married for over 30 years. In his free time, Dudok can be most often found enjoying nature, traveling with family, skiing, or diving.