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Albert Cerro named General Manager of Thales Alenia Space’s Toulouse plant

Toulouse, January 17, 2017 – Albert Cerro has been named General Manager of the Thales Alenia Space plant in Toulouse. He replaces Jean Pierre Vialaneix, who is moving to another position in the company.


​​A 1980 graduate of the ENSEEIHT engineering school, Albert Cerro joined Thomson-CSF in 1981, working for the Space Division in Meudon La Forêt near Paris. He would subsequently move to a development engineering position, then the manufacture of RF equipment for several programs at this company, which became Alcatel Espace in Toulouse.

​He then held several operational and managerial positions in the Production Division of Alcatel Espace, and was named director of the microwave product line at Alcatel Alenia Space, which became Thales Alenia Space.
In 2015, Albert Cerro was named Director of RF programs and altimetry in the Observation & Science France division, a position he retains in conjunction with his new responsibilities as Plant General Manager.

Photo credit: © Thales Alenia Space/JPhi Grèzes

About Thales Alenia Space
Thales Alenia Space brings over 40 years of experience to the design, integration, testing and operation of innovative space systems for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo-Finmeccanica (33%), Thales Alenia Space also teams up with Telespazio to form the parent companies’ “Space Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Thales Alenia Space has built up unrivaled expertise in dual (civil-military) missions, constellations, flexible high-throughput payloads, altimetry, meteorology, and high-resolution radar and optical observation, as well as space exploration. The company capitalizes on its strong legacy, while also making innovation a key to its strategy. By offering a continuous stream of new products and expanding its global footprint, Thales Alenia Space has established its leadership in today’s fast-evolving space sector. Thales Alenia Space posted consolidated revenues exceeding 2.1 billion euros in 2015 and has 7,500 employees in nine countries.
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