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Andrew Stanniland named CEO of Thales Alenia Space in the UK

Bristol, September 24, 2019 –  Andrew Stanniland has been announced as Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space in the UK commencing from Monday 23 September 2019.

Thales Alenia Space in the UK provides global excellence in the design, assembly and testing of propulsion systems, Earth observation and Science mission subsystems and next generation payloads for telecoms, military satellites and has advance technology facilities in Bristol, Harwell and Belfast in the UK.

“I am delighted to be joining Thales Alenia Space and to have the opportunity to lead such highly skilled experts in this exciting phase of development for the organisation.  The UK has a dynamic space sector and Thales Alenia Space in the UK is uniquely positioned to make a significant contribution to this through our combined global leading innovations, expertise and advanced capabilities.” said Andrew Stanniland.

Andrew Stanniland has over 25 years’ experience of multi-disciplinary and international management experience, selling complex solutions to government and defence customers across the world. A graduate of Imperial College London, where Andrew studied Aeronautical Engineering, he started his career in Systems Engineering, before becoming Head of Service Development at EADS Astrium (now known as Airbus Defence and Space) developing the service specifications for the UK military communications satellite system Skynet 5. In 2003, he joined the commercial satellite communications company Paradigm, where as VP of Business Development, Sales and Marketing, he led the export sales team.

Since 2013, Andrew was VP of Market Development and Strategy at Inmarsat where he led the sales and market development team in delivering the Global Government business unit’s strategy, resulting in growth and diversification of customer revenues and geographical reach.

“I am very pleased to welcome Andrew Stanniland into Thales Alenia Space. He brings considerable sales and marketing expertise but also many years working in international environments, which will be invaluable as Thales Alenia Space in the UK delivers its growth strategy.” said Jean-Loic Galle, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thales Alenia Space.

About Thales Alenia Space
Combining 40 years of experience and a unique diversity of expertise, talents and cultures, Thales Alenia Space architects design and deliver high technology solutions for telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, environmental management, exploration, science and orbital infrastructures. Governments, institutions and companies rely on Thales Alenia Space to design, operate and deliver satellite-based systems that help them position and connect anyone or anything, everywhere, help observe our planet, help optimize the use of our planet's – and our solar system’s – resources. Thales Alenia Space believes in space as humankind’s new horizon, which will enable to build a better, more sustainable life on Earth. A joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (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 posted consolidated revenues of 2.5 billion euros in 2018 and has around 8,000 employees in nine countries.


Thales Alenia Space – Press Contacts:

Sandrine Bielecki    
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 92 70 94

Chrystelle Dugimont
Phone: +33 (0)4 92 92 74 06

Cinzia Marcanio    
Tel: +39 06 41512685    


About Thales Alenia Space in the UK

Thales Alenia Space in the UK was established in 2014 with offices in Bristol, Harwell and Belfast and is a leader in propulsion systems, Earth Observation and Science mission subsystems, and next generation payloads for telecoms, military satellites and UK satellite constellations.

Thales Alenia Space in the UK / Media contact:  Jill Hutchinson +44 (0) 7854 959 805