Thales appoints Emily Tan as country director and S'pore CEO

  • Succeeds Kevin Chow who moves to senior leadership role
  • To drive Thales’s growth across three sites in Singapore 

Thales appoints Emily Tan as country director and S'pore CEOThales has appointed Emily Tan (pic) as country director for Thales Singapore and as chief executive for Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd effective Sept 1.

In a statement, the France-based tech firm said Tan succeeds Kevin Chow who will continue his Thales career in a senior leadership role at Thales’ Airspace Mobility Solutions business.

It added that as country director, Tan will lead over 2,000 Thales employees and drive the company’s growth across three sites in Singapore. 

This includes the group’s largest multi-module digital identity and security manufacturing centre located at Ayer Rajah Crescent and its largest avionics production and maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Changi North Rise.

Prior to joining Thales, Tan spent fourteen years with Shell, most recently as general manager, city solutions for Shell’s Renewables and Energy Solutions business. 

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.

Nicolas Bouverot, vice president at Thales Asia, said, “Her outstanding career here and abroad, together with her appreciation of key technologies that Thales is investing in, makes her a natural fit to lead our Singapore team.”

He added that the firm looks forward to deepening its customer relationships and expanding its business under Emily’s leadership, notably in new and fast-growing areas such as 5G, cloud, biometrics and fintech.

Tan said of her appointment, “I am thrilled to be 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.”

Tan said the group’s ambitions also aligns closely to that of Singapore’s, and she is 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.

In recent years, the company has made strategic investments in Singapore, including establishing the Thales Digital Factory in 2018, and opening joint research and co-development labs with customers and partners including the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore and HTX.


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