Thales has announced a successor to Gil Michielin in Yannick Assouad, who will take over as Executive Vice President, Avionics, with effect from 1 October 2020.
“I thank Patrice Caine for his confidence, and I am very happy to be coming back to Thales, where I began my career. With the aerospace sector particularly hard hit by the global health crisis, I will apply all my experience and energy to serve the Avionics teams and their customers so that we can clear this hurdle together and write a new chapter in our return to growth,” Ms Assouad said in a statement.
Ms. Assouad began her carrier in Thomson-CSF’s Radars & Countermeasures business as an engineer in 1986, and later served as head of the thermal analysis department, then head of its thermal and mechanical engineering department.
“I welcome Yannick Assouad to Thales. Her solid experience will be a major asset in meeting the challenges facing the aerospace sector. I also thank Gil Michielin most sincerely for his engagement over the last 38 years and his major contribution to the Group’s success in aeronautics,” said Patrice Caine, Thales Chairman & CEO.
Ms. Assouad has been CEO of Latécoère since November 2016, when she launched a recovery plan for the business.
Prior to joining Latécoère, she had been working in Zodiac since 2003, initially as head of the services business of its Intertechnique subsidiary. In 2015, she became Head of Zodiac Cabin and was appointed to the Executive Board of Zodiac.
From 1998, she was Technical Director and then Chief Executive Officer of SECAN (Société d’Études et de Constructions Aéronavales), the French subsidiary of Honeywell specialising in air conditioning systems for aircraft.
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