The EDA Steering Board has appointed Mr Rini Goos as next Deputy Chief Executive of the Agency. Mr Goos will take up his duties on 18 March 2013.
In his last appointment Mr Goos headed the Commissariat for Military Production in the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs. His responsibilities included the consolidation of the Defence and Security related industry in the Netherlands.
From 1997 until 2001 the Mr Goos was assigned to the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington D.C. as Counsellor for Defence Procurement and subsequently as Defence Cooperation Attaché. From 1993 until 1997 Mr Goos worked as Executive Officer for International Relations in the Directorate General of Material of the Ministry of Defence, focusing primarily on multilateral European cooperation. In this capacity he negotiated the establishment of the WEAG Research Cell, the precursor to the Research & Technology activities of the European Defence Agency, and initiated the EU-WEU Group of Experts on opening the defence markets in Europe.
Mr Goos declared: “I am honoured to be joining the European Defence Agency at a time when European defence is so high on the political agenda; and at a time when governments are facing budgetary constraints and increased security challenges. EDA has a critical role to play in support of its Member States. I am delighted to be joining the highly motivated and skilful EDA team at this critical juncture and will do my utmost further to develop its impressive output in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.”
Mr Goos was born in Breda, the Netherlands, on December 21, 1958. He holds a Candidatum Litterarum Anglicarum (undergraduate) from Nijmegen University in the Netherlands (1982), and graduated Doctorandus (Drs.) in 1985. Mr Goos is married to Drs. Mariëlle de Valk and they have two sons.