Paul K.

President & CEO | Former Airbus, former Thales executive

United Kingdom

Strong leader in complex international high technology and systems environments; with a strategic perspective, seeking stakeholder buy-in, and building high performance teams that deliver. Sets and ac...see more

  • Aerospace & Defense


  • Pre-vetted expert
  • Confirmed hourly rate
  • Available on short notice


President & CEO Communications and Connectivity Sector (to April 2020)

5 years
Current position
Sep 2017 - Present
Cobham plc is a FTSE 250 aerospace, defence, space and security company employing 10,000 people internationally. I joined the group executive to lead the turnaround of the largest Se...see more

President & CEO UK

3 years
Sep 2014 - Jul 2017
Leadership of Airbus Group in the UK. Airbus Group in the UK has a highly skilled workforce of 15,000 people with a supply chain of c.4000 British companies. The Group has a UK turnover...see more

President & Chief Executive Officer, Canada

4 years
Jan 2010 - May 2014
CEO leading all of Thales' business in Canada with full P&L for this c. $500M multi-site business with 1,300+ people becoming among the most profitable operations within the Thales grou...see more

VP and Managing Director - Navigation and Airport Solutions Business Line

4 years
Dec 2005 - Jan 2010
MD of global business line leading the development of disruptive surveillance technology and supplying ground infrastructure for navigation and airport systems worldwide. Full multi si...see more

Vice President

11 months
Dec 2004 - Nov 2005
Seconded to UK Ministry of Defence to participate in Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS) international defence leadership.

Chief Executive Officer, Avionics UK

Thales Avionics
3 years
Feb 2002 - Dec 2004
CEO with full P&L responsibility for c. $100M, 500 staff UK Avionics division focused on aircraft commercial satellite communications, and military avionics equipment and systems. Post...see more

Managing Director, Acoustics

Thales Communications
1 year
Aug 2000 - Feb 2002
MD leading turnaround of a business unit covering telecom systems and audio ancillaries for military communication applications, as well as commercial and police markets.

Vice President Group Business Development

Thomson CSF (now Thales SA)
3 years
Dec 1997 - Aug 2000
Led the group external growth strategy/M&A, including the accquisition of FTSE250 Racal Electronics plc leading to the creation of the international Thales Group.

Director of Corporate Development, UK

Thomson CSF (now Thales)
2 years
Sep 1995 - Nov 1997
Deputy Country Manager for UK business, including: Strategy, M&A, Integration, Sales & Marketing, and Government Relations.

Leader, Business Process Review of the Procurment Executive

UK Ministry of Defence
4 months
May 1995 - Sep 1995
Leader of the 'Kahn Andersen Study' business process model review of procurement in UK defence acquisition. Establishing a common vision, process, and buy in for re-organisation and co-...see more

Civil Service Fast Stream

UK Ministry of Defence
7 years
Aug 1988 - Sep 1995
Positions included: Private Secretary (i.e. Chief of Staff), Military IS Programme Manager, and PM/Systems Architect of secure mobile communication/satellite data systems.

Engineering Trainee

Ford Motor Company
3 years
Aug 1984 - Aug 1987
Professional engineering training

Industries, roles and expertise

Industry experience

  • Aerospace & Defense


  • Business Strategy
  • Change Management
  • Business Development
  • Program Management
  • Procurement
  • Operations Management
  • Risk Management
  • Business Process
  • Business Transformation
  • Integration
  • Change Leadership