Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), appointed Christophe Valorge as Chief Technical Officer (CTO), which was effective on May, 2020 — he succeeds the retiring Patrick Mauté.
Christophe Valorge has been Director of R&D and Product Policy at Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse since 2016. He has a long and proven track record in space industry. Holding degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique (1987) and the Sup'Aero aeronautical engineering school (1989), Christophe Valorge started his career in 1989 as an engineer at CNES, the French Space Agency. He was promoted to various management positions, from Advisor on Technical Policy in 2005, up to the roles of Deputy Director of Scientific Payloads and Imaging in 2008 and Deputy Director of Orbital Projects in 2011.