Thales Appoints Former Shell Bitumen GM


Thales has appointed Emily Tan as Country Director for Thales Singapore and as Chief Executive Officer for Thales Solutions Asia Pte Ltd, effective 1st September 2022.

Singaporean native, Emily succeeds Kevin Chow who will continue his Thales career in a senior leadership role at Thales’ Airspace Mobility Solutions business in France.

As Country Director, Emily will lead over 2,000 Thales employees and drive the company’s growth across three sites in Singapore, including the Group’s largest multi-module Digital Identity & Security manufacturing centre located at Ayer Rajah Crescent, and the Group’s largest avionics production and Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility at Changi North Rise

Prior to joining Thales, Emily spent fourteen years with Shell, most recently as General Manager, City Solutions for Shell’s Renewables and Energy Solutions business. In this role, she led global teams based in Asia, Europe and the United States, supporting global clients in navigating energy transition and developing cities’ decarbonisation plans. As General Manager for Shell Bitumen from 2013 to 2017, Emily played an instrumental role in establishing the company’s market lead in Asia and the Middle East.

Starting her career with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), Emily brings a keen understanding of Singapore’s public sector where she spent three years in London as Director of EDB’s London Centre, and later as the Head of International Policy and Lead Negotiator for International Trade Agreements.

“I am pleased to welcome Emily to Thales and to support her as she begins charting the way forward for Singapore. Her outstanding career here and abroad, together with her appreciation of key technologies that Thales is investing in, makes her a natural fit to lead our Singapore team. Over the last fifty years, Thales has made deep investments in Singapore to grow our presence and reputation as a digital technology leader here. We look forward to deepening our customer relationships and expanding our business under Emily’s leadership, notably in new and fast-growing areas such as 5G, Cloud, Biometrics and FinTech.” Nicolas Bouverot, Vice President, Thales Asia.

“Thales’s dedication to design, develop and invest in future-proof technologies was what drew me to join the Group. I am thrilled to be part of a forward-looking and innovative organisation that aims to revolutionise the technologies we use, ensuring they help build a safer, sustainable and trustable future for everyone. The Group’s ambitions also aligns closely to that of Singapore’s, and I am excited for the many potential opportunities this brings, where Thales can play a collaborative role with key stakeholders to support Singapore as a smart and sustainable nation.” Emily Tan, Country Director & Chief Executive, Thales in Singapore.


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