With effect on 2 April, François Dupont is appointed Director of the International Trade department at Naval Group. He will oversee all the areas in which Naval Group has prospective customers. He reports to Alain Guillou, Executive Vice President, Development.
International development represents a major challenge for Naval Group, whose international sales should represent 50% of its revenues by 2020, compared to a third currently.
François Dupont joined Naval Group at the age of 54 as Director of the International Trade department after having dedicated 28 years of his career to the export market. A graduate of Columbia University, he spent 18 years with Thales, as manager of the Thales subsidiary in Malaysia then in India. Since 2011, he headed France and export trade at the Thales sonar subsidiary.
The International Trade Department (DCI) is responsible for order taking and sales follow-up through to the signature of the contracts and their amendments for export trade in the Group’s vessels, services, underwater weapons, systems and naval equipment.
François Dupont will define, execute and lead all sales activities with export clients and partners and French government entities involved.