Change in the Executive Committee of HENSOLDT


Dietmar Thelen succeeds Christoph Ruffner

Dietmar Thelen

Sensor manufacturer HENSOLDT is making a change in the management of its Spectrum Dominance and Airborne Solutions business unit: Dietmar Thelen, currently Head of Electronic Warfare in the Military Air Systems division of Airbus Defence and Space, is expected to succeed Christoph Ruffner, who is moving to Thales Germany, on 1 March 2024. “We have thus gained a knowledgeable and experienced new colleague who knows the airborne solutions and electronic warfare environment very well and will ensure steady delivery of our current contracts as well as actively drive business development as part of our growth strategy,” said HENSOLDT management board member Celia Pelaz.

Dietmar Thelen was a Member of the Executive Board of MBDA Germany and from 2018 on concurrently Managing Director of the TLVS GmbH. Prior to that, he was responsible for cyber security on the Management Board of RUAG Defence in Bern. As Deputy General Manager of the AGS Management Agency, Dietmar Thelen was responsible for the procurement and commissioning of NATO’s Alliance Ground Surveillance billion Euro programme, after holding management positions in various business units of the then EADS Defence and Security and European Satellite Navigation Industries SpA.

“We warmly welcome Dietmar Thelen to our Executive Committee. His extensive knowledge of technologies and operational customer needs and his wide network of customers and partner companies will give a strong boost to the expansion of our business,” said Celia Pelaz.

HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data management, robotics and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange in the MDAX.

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