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11 October 2018
The Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation has appointed Nellie Simon Vice-President of the European Patent Office's Directorate-General Corporate Services. Ms Simon, an Austrian national, will succeed Željko Topić of Croatia. The appointment takes effect on 1 January 2019 and is for five years.
Ms Simon is currently Head of Cabinet and Acting Director of the Academy at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).
The EPO's Directorate-General Corporate Services is responsible for delivering support services including Human Resources, Information Management, Finance, General Administration, and Central Procurement.
The Administrative Council, made up of delegations from the 38 member states, is the Organisation's legislative body. It is responsible for supervising the activities of the European Patent Office, the Organisation's executive branch. The Council also approves the Office's budget, and appoints its senior managers, including the President and vice-presidents.