PR Newswire/Les Echos/
Jean-Bernard Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Thales
Neuilly-sur-Seine, 20 December 2012 - Mr Luc Vigneron, Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Thales, having acknowledged the absence of support of the
Group's two main shareholders, tendered his resignation to the company's
directors at a meeting of the Board of Directors on 20 December 2012, and his
resignation was accepted. The Board thanked Luc Vigneron for the work he has
accomplished for Thales since his appointment, particularly the upturn in
profitability and the improvement in the way it manages its contracts.
At this same meeting, the Board of Directors co-opted Mr Jean-Bernard Lévy as a
director and subsequently elected him to the position of Chairman and Chief
Executive Officer of Thales. Thales's two main shareholders, the French State
and the Dassault Aviation, welcome this appointment and will work in agreement
with senior management to pursue the continued recovery of the Group and its
Jean-Bernard Lévy said he is "very proud to be appointed to lead Thales. I have
been aware for many years of the passion and the high-level expertise of the
men and women who contribute to the Group's numerous successes in many
countries around the world. In the global marketplace, Thales has all the
strengths needed to play a leading role. I know I can count on the energy and
commitment of all to meet the challenges ahead and work together to develop our
Biography of Jean-Bernard Lévy
Jean-Bernard Lévy, 57, is a graduate of the École Polytechnique (1973) and
Télécom ParisTech. He began his career in 1979 with France Telecom as an
engineer in Angers. In 1982, he became responsible for the management of senior
staff and budgets, and was later promoted to deputy head of personnel.
In 1986, he acts as advisor to Gérard Longuet, the French Minister for Postal
and Telecommunications services.
Jean-Bernard Lévy was General Manager, Communications satellites of Matra
Espace and then Matra Marconi Space from 1988 until 1993, when he became Chief
of Staff to Gérard Longuet, the Minister for Industry, Postal services &
Telecommunications and Foreign Trade.
In 1995, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Matra
Communication, and in 1998 he joined Oddo et Cie as chief executive officer,
then managing partner.
During summer 2002, Jean-Bernard Lévy was appointed CEO of Vivendi before
serving as Chairman of its Management Board from 2005 until June 2012.
Jean-Bernard Lévy is married with four children and is a chevalier of the
Légion d'Honneur and an officer of the Ordre National du Mérite.
Thales is a global technology leader for the Defence & Security and the
Aerospace & Transportation markets. In 2011, the company generated revenues of
EUR13 billion with 67,000 employees in 56 countries. With its 22,500 engineers
and researchers, Thales has a unique capability to design, develop and deploy
equipment, systems and services that meet the most complex security
requirements. Thales has an exceptional international footprint, with
operations around the world working with customers as local partners.
Thales, Media Relations
Tel: +33 (0)1 57 77 86 26
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