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Mr Victor Chavez

Victor Chavez is Chief Executive of Thales UK and has responsibility for the performance and strategic direction of the UK business. Thales is a world leader in markets such as aerospace, defence, security, space, systems & services.

Victor is the Industry Co-chair of the National Defence Industries Council (NDIC) Acquisition Group, Chairman of the Defence & Security Board of Intellect and a member of the NDIC.

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

In 2004, he was appointed Director of Business Development, Sales & Marketing for the land & joint systems business, before being appointed as VP, Business Development, Sales & Marketing for Thales UK in 2006. He was appointed CEO of Thales UK in January 2011.

Prior to joining Thomson-CSF, Victor fulfilled a number of roles within EDS Defence Ltd working closely with the UK MoD in a wide range of technical, management consultancy and major programme management roles in the C4ISTAR domain.

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.