Philippe Durand Appointed to Lead Magellan Consumer GPS Business in Europe; Philips Consumer Electronics and Texas Instruments Executive to Lead Sales and Marketing Efforts of Magellan Brand in Europe

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—Sept. 13, 2005— Thales today announced the appointment of Philippe Durand to lead the sales and marketing efforts for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region of its Magellan consumer business. Durand joins Thales' consumer business from Texas Instruments where he served as vice president of its Education and Productivity business and led the company's entry into new educational markets around the globe.

Durand is charged with the growth and profitability of all Magellan brand consumer product lines in EMEA, including content and mapping, outdoor handhelds and vehicle navigation solutions.

"With strong positions in our key segments and geographies, and a pipeline of innovative navigation solutions, we are poised to accelerate our growth plans in Europe," said Christian Bubenheim general manager for Thales' worldwide Magellan consumer business unit. "Philippe is a seasoned leader who helps build profitable businesses. His extensive international experience, operational skills and strategic thinking are an asset to the Magellan brand and business."

During his tenure at Texas Instruments, Durand served as business manager of Texas Instruments Europe and Asia. In Europe he was instrumental in significantly increasing Texas Instruments' market leadership and profitability.

Durand started his career at Philips France where he excelled in increasingly more responsible sales and marketing positions, ultimately expanding his role and serving as global software group manager of Philips International BV in Eindhoven (NL).

Durand holds a master's degree in business administration from l'Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord in France.

About Thales' navigation business

Thales' navigation business unit develops and manufactures world leading positioning, navigation and guidance equipment. It markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets. Key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card capabilities. Thales' navigation business unit is headquartered in Santa Clara, CA and has worldwide operations. For more information, visit http://www.thalesgroup.com/navigation.

(C) 2005 Thales Navigation, Inc. All rights reserved. Magellan is a trademark of Thales Navigation, Inc.



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Angela Linsey-Jackson, 909-394-5062 (North America)

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