08. Juni 2021, 12:16 Uhr | Andreas Knoll
The composition of the Gaia-X Association
Following the establishment of the Gaia-X European Association for Data and Cloud AISBL in September 2020, the organisation's virtual Extraordinary General Assembly on 7 June 2021 elected the first Gaia-X Board of Directors, filling the organisation’s key positions for the next two years.
Maximilian Ahrens, the new Chairman of the Board of Directors, said "This is an important step in the formal founding process of the Gaia-X organisation. The new Board will be significantly involved in shaping the further development of Gaia-X Services and the structure of the organisation. We look forward to following the milestones of the coming year for the development of a trustworthy, sovereign digital infrastructure for Europe. Finally, we aim to have the first services up and running by the end of the year."
The new Board of Directors will be structured in six divisions that drive the different areas of responsibility of the board. Consequently, there will be six Vice Chairs, from whom a Deputy Chair will also be elected. The election of the six Vice Chairpersons will take place during the next board meeting.
The collective commitment of Gaia-X member companies – including 22 founding members and 248 other participating companies – is essential for the success of the multinational initiative. "Therefore, it was important for us to provide our members with transparent information and guidance on the voting process. This allowed us to guarantee that applications from companies of different sizes and a diverse selection of candidates were possible," explains Francesco Bonfiglio, Gaia-X's CEO.