Jens Nielsen new COO of Thales Deutschland

Ditzingen, 10 March 2016 – From the start of January Jens Nielsen (53) is the new Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Vice President Operations Germany of Thales Deutschland. He succeeds Dr. Yves Joannic, who as Vice President assumed overall corporate responsibility for the business line Main Line Signalling of Thales and the national Business Domain in Germany. Jens Nielsen and Dr. Yves Joannic reports to Dr. Christoph Hoppe, the chairman of the managing board of Thales Deutschland.

"With Jens Nielsen we managed to win over a real leadership personality for Thales Deutschland who has in particular extensive experience in the handling of critical and technologically very demanding projects", commented Dr. Christoph Hoppe.

The aerospace engineer graduated from the Polytechnic Munich comes from Airbus Defence and Space where he was last responsible as Senior Vice President Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) for business activities with unmanned aerial vehicles in Germany, France and Spain.

Since 2005 Jens Nielsen held various leadership positions within Airbus Defence and Space or its corporate predecessors, e.g. as Head of Avionics Systems and Chief Engineer Military Systems A400M at EADS Deutschland or as Senior Vice President of Business Lines Mission Avionics and Integrated Systems at Cassidian Electronics. His professional career further included Dornier Luftfahrt, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Fairchild Dornier and Diehl-Avionik Systeme. Jens Nielsen is married and father of three children.