Skip to main content

Martin Van Schaik appointed Thales Alenia Space Senior Vice President, Sales

Cannes, March 10th, 2014 – Martin Van Schaik, 51, was appointed Senior Vice President, Sales at Thales Alenia Space, effective March 3, 2014.

Martin Van Schaik started his career in 1986 as a systems engineer for Thales in the Netherlands.

From 1990 to 2000, he successively held the positions of deputy program manager, sales-engineer program manager, head of sales and contracts and then director of radar development. In 2000, Martin Van Schaik was named Vice President in charge of Naval Combat Systems activities for Thales in the Netherlands.

In 2003, he moved to France and was named head of the Battlespace Transformation Centre, which forms the backbone of the Group's work on Network-enabled capability. Four years later, Martin Van Schaik was appointed Vice President of the Missile Defence activity at ThalesRaytheonSystems.

From 2010 until this latest appointment, he was head of both the Above Water Systems international business line, and the Naval Combat Systems activities for Thales in the Netherlands.

Martin Van Schaik holds a degree in electronic engineering and business administration from the University of Twente in the Netherlands.


About Thales Alenia Space

Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Finmeccanica (33%), is a key European player in space telecommunications, navigation, Earth observation, exploration and orbital infrastructures. Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio form the two parent companies' “Space Alliance”, which offers a complete range of services and solutions. Because of its unrivaled expertise in dual (civil/military) missions, constellations, flexible payloads, altimetry, meteorology and high-resolution optical and radar instruments, Thales Alenia Space is the natural partner to countries that want to expand their space program. The company posted consolidated revenues in excess of 2 billion euros in 2013, and has 7,500 employees in six countries.

Thales Alenia Space Press Contacts:

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

Tarik Lahlou    
Tel: +33 (0)4 92 92 68 45

Sandrine Bielecki
+33 (0)4 92 92 70 94
Press Officer - Chrystelle Dugimont
+33 (0)4 92 92 74 06