Director General between January 2013 and December 2017.
Frank Brenner was appointed Director General in January 2013.
Before arriving at EUROCONTROL, Frank was General Manager Operations for FABEC, the largest of the new Functional Airspace Blocks, covering Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
He was also Vice Chairman of EUROCONTROL’s Performance Review Commission and a member of the Performance Review Body.
Frank spent most of his career working for DFS, the German Air Navigation Service Provider (and its precursor organisation, BFS). Following military service in an air defence unit and having taken a degree in Administrative Science, he decided to train as an air traffic controller.
After first working as a controller for some years, then as an expert in the Operations Department (where the projects he worked on included consolidation of the new Berlin ACC with the former East German ACCs), Frank became Head of ATM Operations in 1993, focusing on developing civil and military control procedures, and capacity analysis for airspace sectors and international airports.
In 1996-1997 Frank spent a period with the FAA in Washington, before returning to become Head of ATS Operations.
From 2000-2006 he was Director of Operations at the Business Unit for Aeronautical Data Management at DFS Headquarters, during which time he was involved in creating the European Aeronautical Services Database (EAD) and a central Air Traffic Services Reporting Office (ARO) Service Centre, which consolidated 17 local AROs.
From 2006-2011 Frank held the position of Director of DFS’s Control Centre Business Unit, responsible for the four DFS control centres serving en-route and approach in Germany, with more than 2,500 employees (including 1,500 controllers) controlling approximately 3 million civil and military flights. During this time he chaired the DFS crisis cell set up to coordinate activities in Germany in 2010 following the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull, and served as Vice Chairman of EUROCONTROL’s Performance Review Commission.
Since 1 January 2013 he has been Director General of EUROCONTROL, focusing on modernising EUROCONTROL’s Vision and Strategy. He is additionally Vice Chair of the SESAR Joint Undertaking Administrative Board and Member of the NEXTGEN Advisory Committee.
During his term, EUROCONTROL has been given the mandate to develop a number of Centralised Services supporting ATM, to be provided under market conditions on a pan-European scale.
Also in his term, Georgia and Estonia have joined as the 40th and 41st Member States of EUROCONTROL, while Comprehensive Agreements have been concluded with the Kingdom of Morocco and Israel. Data exchange agreements with Brazil and the United Arab Emirates have also been signed.
All of Mr Brenner's speeches and interviews throughout his term are available below: