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 £1.2 billion and employs over 7,000 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.
Victor is the President of techUK, the trade association for the IT Sector, and co-chairs the Digital Economy Council with Ed Vaizey MP, Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy. He is also a board member of EngineeringUK and a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Exeter's Strategy & Security Institute. In the 2015 New Year's Honours Victor was made a CBE in recognition of services to the Defence and Security industries.
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.
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.