Thales confirms ex-Vivendi boss Levy new CEO

PARIS Thu Dec 20, 2012 5:40am EST

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PARIS Dec 20 (Reuters) - French defence company Thales officially named the former head of media and telecoms group Vivendi, Jean-Bernard Levy, as its new chief executive on Thursday.

Luc Vigneron resigned as CEO at a board meeting on Thursday after he lost the support of Thales' two main shareholders, the French state and Dassault Aviation, Thales said in a statement.

Vigneron's three-year tenure had been marked by criticism of his style from within and outside the company, although he had gradually built support from financial analysts. (Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Christian Plumb)

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