Former Chairman and CEO, Thales.
Mr. Denis Ranque holds Board positions in various French-headquartered international companies.
He was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Thales from January 1998 to May 2009, on which date Thales’s main shareholder changed. From 1994 to 1998, he was Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Marconi Sonar, the joint venture set up by Thomson-CSF and GEC-Marconi. From 1992 to 1994, he was Chairman and CEO of Thomson Sintra Activités Sous-marines. Prior to that, he held various positions within the Thomson Group and became Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Tubes Electroniques in 1989.
He joined the Thomson Group in 1983 as Planning Director. He began his career at the French Ministry for Industry, where he held various positions in the energy sector. In 1999, Mr. Denis Ranque was made Chevalier de to Officier in the same Order. He is also an Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. Furthermore, Mr. Denis Ranque was appointed honorary Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in July 2004 and Member of the Ordre du Mérite de la République Fédérale d’Allemagne in September 2010.
Mr. Denis Ranque chairs the Cercle de l’Industrie and the Association Nationale Recherche Technologie (ANRT), as well as the École des Mines Paris Tech. Mr. Denis Ranque graduated from École Polytechnique and École des Mines.l’Ordre de la Légion d’Honneur, and in 2008 was promoted.