Denis Ranque

Member of the Board of Directors, Denis Ranque is a leading French businessman who was born in 1952.

An engineering graduate of the École polytechnique (1970) and Corps des Mines, Denis Ranque began his career at the French Ministry for Industry where he held various positions in the energy sector. He joined the Thomson Group in 1983 as Planning Director. The following year he was appointed Space Affairs Director in the Tubes Électroniques division.

In 1986, he was made head of the Tubes Hyperfréquences department, the division spun off in 1988 under the name Thomson Tubes Électroniques (TTE). In 1989, he was appointed CEO of TTE then Chairman and CEO in 1991.

In April 1992, Denis Ranque became Chairman and CEO of Thomson Sintra Activités Sous-Marines. Four years later, Thomson-CSF and GEC-Marconi made him CEO of their sonar systems joint venture, Thomson Marconi Sonar.

In January 1998, Denis Ranque was made Chairman and CEO of Thomson-CSF, which became Thales in 2000 due to the merger with Dassault Électronique and the takeover of British firm Racal Electronics. It was a position he would hold until May 2009.

From October 2001 to June 2012, he has been Chairman of the Board at the MINES ParisTech and has been president of the Cercle de l'Industrie, an association uniting France’s biggest industrial companies, from September 2002 to June 2012.

From February 2010 to June 2012, he was made Chairman of the Board of Technicolor. He was also Director of France’s FSI (Fonds Stratégique d’Investissement) board from 2011 to 2012, and Director of CGG Veritas from 2010 to 2012.

Denis Ranque is now Chairman of the Board of Airbus Group SE, Member of the board of directors of Saint Gobain and Scilab Enterprises.

Denis Ranque is married and has five children. He is an officer of the French Légion d'honneur and the German equivalent of the Ordre national du Mérite.