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Change of boss at Thales Germany

Designated boss of Thales Germany: Oliver Dörre Photo: Thales

Oliver Dörre becomes the new head of Thales Germany, one of the largest national organizations of the French aviation and armaments company Thales, which has its German headquarters in Ditzingen near Ludwigsburg.

Ditzingen – Oliver Dörre will take over the post of Chairman of the Management Board of Thales Deutschland, based in Ditzingen, on January 1, 2021. The 51-year-old will succeed Christoph Hoppe, who is leaving the company at his own request after more than five years at the helm as Thales announced.

Hoppe made a major contribution to the successful consolidation of Thales’ divisions in Germany and sustainable profitability. Under his aegis, the order entry in particular has increased significantly, most recently with the billion-dollar order for the German Navy in November 2020. It is very regrettable that he is leaving the company, the message continues.

The designated boss Dörre has been working at Thales Germany since April 2015 and was previously at Frequentis, a high-tech company in Austria that develops air traffic control systems and software for security authorities. At Thales, Dörre was most recently responsible as a member of the management team for sales in the defense and rail technology business, which is particularly strong in Germany. His appointment underscores the strategic importance of the German market and its key customers for the entire Thales, the company continues.

Thales is a leading global technology group in the aerospace, defense and security and transportation markets and is based in Paris. In 2019 the company achieved sales of around 19 billion euros with around 83,000 employees worldwide.

Around 3900 employees in Germany

Thales Germany, based in Ditzingen, is one of the largest national organizations in the Thales Group and has around 3900 employees at a total of eleven locations with their own production and development. In Ditzingen, among other things, radar technology for armed and security forces is developed. Another location in the southwest is Ulm. The company manufactures and develops satellite components there, among other things. In 2019, Thales Deutschland achieved sales of around 1.2 billion euros – mostly from German added value.

It was only in November that Thales landed an order worth billions: the group is equipping four German warships with combat systems for 1.5 billion euros. According to the group, this will also create jobs in Germany.

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