Head of the Agency
EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton is Head of the Agency, chairing the Ministerial Steering Board. In her capacity as Head of the Agency she reports twice per year to the Council. Catherine Ashton is the Head of the European Defence Agency from the 1 December 2009.
Claude-France Arnould is EDA's Chief Executive. The Chief Executive is appointed by the Steering Board on a proposal from the Head of the Agency for three years. The Chief Executive acts under the authority of the Head of the Agency and in accordance with the decisions of the Steering Board. She takes all necessary measures to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Agency’s work, being responsible for the oversight and coordination of the functional units.
Agency Management Board
The Agency Management Board (AMB) is the internal body of the Agency ensuring coherence of all EDA activities. Its members are the Chief Executive, the Deputy Chief Executive, the four functional Directors (Capabilities, Research & Technology, Armaments, Industry & Market) and the Corporate Services Director. It is supported by the Head of the Policy & Planning Unit.