Thales has appointed Philippe Carette as Chief Executive Officer to lead its InFlyt Experience business.
Gil Michielin, Thales Avionics Executive Vice-President, said: “Philippe is a veteran of the aerospace industry and a proven leader in shaping strong businesses.
“His expertise in innovative advanced technologies will also help drive our continued digital transformation and long-term growth strategy.”
Thales says Carette will drive the company’s strategic corporate transformation initiatives within the business to “spur greater competitiveness and long-term market leadership”.
It adds he will also steer the digitalization of the connectivity and entertainment systems portfolio to deliver unique value to airline customers in a rapidly-evolving cabin environment.
This includes the recently-introduced InFlyt360 digital platform, which allows airlines to continuously improve the passenger experience with features such as personalization, monetization, fresh and dynamic content and optimized engagement.
Alan Pellegrini, CEO of Thales USA, said: “Philippe’s focus on customer success makes him an indispensable partner for airline customers.
“He brings a global perspective and unwavering commitment to excellence in execution and customer service.”
Carette has spent more than 30 years in the aviation industry and previously held several leadership positions within Thales, including the head of the electrical systems business and vice president and managing director of its commercial avionics unit.
Prior to joining Thales, he was president of Deutsch Aerospace and Transportation – TE Connectivity; managing director at ALTEN; president and managing director at Sogeti High Tech, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini; and managing director at Safran Group for Engineering Services and Electrical Systems.
He holds a degree in engineering from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble in France.
Carette replaces Dominique Giannoni who managed the successful growth of Thales InFlyt Experience during the past five years and now takes on a new leadership role within Thales.