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Victor Chavez
Chief Executive Officer, Thales

Victor Chavez was appointed Chief Executive of Thales UK in January 2011, prior to which he had been Deputy Chief Executive for three years.

Thales UK is a technology business with a turnover of circa £1.3bn. It employs around 6,500 people across the defence, security, transport, space and aerospace sectors in the UK and is a major part of the global Thales Group.

Victor joined Thomson-CSF in 1999 as the Business Development Director responsible for UK defence programmes, a role which expanded substantially with the acquisition of Racal in 2000.

Victor is a board member of Engineering UK, techUK and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Exeter’s Strategy & Security Institute.  Victor also serves on a range of trade association Boards.  In the 2015 New Year’s Honours Victor was appointed as a CBE in recognition of his services to the Defence and Security industries.

Prior to joining Thomson-CSF, Victor fulfilled a number of roles within EDS, working closely with the UK MoD in a wide range of technical, management consultancy and major programme management roles. 

Victor graduated in Physics from the University of York in 1984, followed in 1993 by an MSc in Satellite Engineering & Telecommunications at the University of Surrey.

Victor is married and has two daughters.