Patrice Caine, chief operating officer and chief performance officer of Thales, has been named CEO after service in various leadership roles since he joined the company in 2002.
Thales also appointed former EDF Chairman and CEO Henri Proglio to serve as chairman of the board of directors, Thales said Dec. 23.
Caine initially worked in the company’s strategy department and later managed its tactical communications, navigation and identification, radar and air defense systems businesses.
Prior to Thales, he was a technical adviser at the French finance ministry as well as in charge of human resources at Corps des Mines.
Proglio has led EDF for five years and is also a director of Dassault Aviation and Natixis.
He has also held leadership positions at French media company Vivendi and environmental management firm Veolia Environnement.