People: CGG SA (GEPH.PA)
Mr. Thierry Brizard has been Executive Vice President, Technology and Member of the Executive Committee of CGG SA since October 2010. He joined the Underwater Activities Division of Thales in 1980 as a hardware/software engineer in charge of the 2040 sonar display for the Royal Navy. At the end of 1987, he moved to Sydney to found Thomson Sintra Pacific. Returning to France in 1991, Mr. Brizard took the lead of the Digital Electronic Department of Thomson Marconi Sonar. In 1995, he was promoted Director of the Signal Processing Common Efficiency Team (CET) across the whole of Thales. In April 1997, he moved to the Land & Joint Division and was seconded as Technical Director to the Midsco international Joint Venture in the United States to complete the development of the Link16 Low Volume Terminal MIDS. In 2000, he founded XIOS, to exploit and develop a low-cost navigation system for divers. In 2001 Mr. Brizard returned to the Business Group Air Defense (BGAD) of Thales as Vice President, Research & Development in April 2002. In 2004, his area of responsibility extended to the perimeter of the Air Systems Division. In November 2005 he was appointed Senior Technical Director of the Thales Raytheon Systems’ Air Command and Control Systems Program (ACCS LOC1). During his last years of service for Thales, he was appointed Vice President, Research and Technology for the Thales Naval and Land Divisions. He graduated as an Engineer from the Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Arts et Metiers (ENSAM) and Ecole Nationale Superieure des Telecommunications de Paris (ENST) in France.
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