Paris-based European defence major, Thales appoints Ashish Saraf, Vice President and Country Director for India. Saraf will lead the company’s India business. He will be responsible for the strategic growth of Thales in the country across
all of its markets, further strengthening local teams, collaborations and innovation. He succeeds Emmanuel de Roquefeuil, who takes up a new role as the Vice President and Head for Thales in the Middle East.Before joining Thales, Saraf served as the President and Head of the Airbus Helicopters-India and South Asia. He led Airbus’ Helicopters’ Sales, Services, Training, Innovation, Industrial Partnerships and Government Relations functions across the Civil, Parapublic and Military markets in the region. In addition, Saraf, who also served as the Vice-President and Make in India Officer for Airbus, headed the Tata–Sikorsky joint venture in Hyderabad and worked with Deloitte Consulting and Dassault Systemes, in the United States and Europe, according to a statement.
Thales offers an array of cutting-edge defence platforms and advanced technology for tri-forces in India. Recently a teaming agreement has been signed between Thales and Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL) for air defence solutions such as STARStreak.