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Biography of Victor Chavez
Chief Executive, Thales UK


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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 has a turnover of circa £1.3B and employs 7,500 people across a range of sectors including defence, security, transport and aerospace.
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. Following this he held a number of key strategy and development roles before being appointed as Deputy Chief Executive in October 2008.

Victor is the President of TechUK, the trade association for the IT Sector, and co-chairs the Information Economy Council with the Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities & Science.  He is also the Industry co-chair of the joint MOD-Industry Capability Management and Acquisition Group and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Exeter’s Strategy & Security Institute.
Prior to joining Thomson-CSF, Victor fulfilled a number of roles within EDS Defence Ltd working closely with 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.



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