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Singapore Director and Chief Executive appointed by Thales


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Thales has appointed Emily Tan as Country Director for Thales Singapore and as Chief Executive Officer for Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd. Singaporean native, Tan succeeds Kevin Chow who will continue his Thales career in a senior leadership role at Thales’ Airspace Mobility Solutions business in France.

As Country Director, she will lead over 2,000 Thales employees and drive the company’s growth across three sites in Singapore, including the Group’s largest multi-module Digital Identity & Security manufacturing centre located at Ayer Rajah Crescent and the Group’s largest avionics production and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at Changi North Rise.

Prior to joining Thales, Tan spent fourteen years with Shell, mostly recently as General Manager, City Solutions for Shell’s Renewables and Energy Solutions business. In this role, she led global teams based in Asia, Europe and the United States, supporting global clients in navigating energy transition and developing cities’ decarbonisation plans. As General Manager for Shell Bitumen from 2013 to 2017, Tan played an instrumental role in establishing the company’s market lead in Asia and the Middle East.

Starting her career with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Tan brings a keen understanding of Singapore’s public sector where she spent three years in London as Director of EDB’s London Centre and later as the Head of International Policy and Lead Negotiator for International Trade Agreements.

Tan said: “Thales’ dedication to design, develop and invest in future-proof technologies was what drew me to join the Group. I am thrilled to be a part of a forward-looking and innovative organisation that aims to revolutionise the technologies we use, ensuring they help build a safer, sustainable and trustable future for everyone. The Group’s ambitions also aligns closely to that of Singapore’s and I am excited for the many potential opportunities this brings, where Thales can play a collaborative role with key stakeholders to support Singapore as a smart and sustainable nation.”

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