PARIS Dec 20 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
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)