PARIS (Reuters) – Thales’ <TCFP.PA> board gave the green light on Tuesday for former EDF chief Henri Proglio to become non-executive chairman of the French defense electronics group after the role is separated from the CEO position, it said.

The board also tapped current second-in-command, Patrice Caine, to become chief executive. He will hold the chairmanship until the position is split from the CEO role, the company said in a statement.

The appointments and the changes in its statutes are subject to confirmation at an annual general meeting due on Feb. 4, a spokesman said.

(Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer; writing by Leigh Thomas; editing by Blaise Robinson)

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