Défense Conseil International (DCI) announced the nomination of Julia Maris as the company's Deputy Chief Executive Officer.
On the occasion of this nomination, Jean-Michel Palagos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DCI said: «I am very pleased that Julia Maris has accepted to join DCI. She is taking over fields that are vital for the Group's success and development. I am persuaded that her perfect knowledge of defence issues and her career's international aspect will give a new boost to DCI's teams and will be sources of innovation and creativity».
Born in 1975, Julia Maris joined the French Armament Procurement Agency (DGA) in 1997, where she was essentially involved in human resource issues then international and European cooperation. In 2005, she joined the Ministry of Defence Legal Affairs Department as Chief of the International Law Office.
Two years later, Julia Maris joined the French Presidency as Special Advisor for the Commission responsible for drawing up the White paper on defence and national security to deal with international, European and human resource matters.
On completion of these works, in September 2008, she was appointed Director of Marketing, Development and External Relations at Défense Conseil International (DCI) and assumed these functions until May 2012, date at which she was appointed European Affairs Advisor to Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Defence.
She left the Ministry of Defence in September 2013 and joined Thalès Alenia Space as Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs.
Julia Maris graduated from the Grenoble Institute of Political Science and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (college for senior French officials) (Romain GARY "promotion"), and was an auditor at the Institute for Higher National Defence Studies (IHEDN) 64th national session.
Also a graduate from Cambridge University (bilingual in English) and the Goethe Institute, Julia Maris was selected for Who’s who in France in 2013 and in 2014 appeared in the Choiseul 100 classification of High Achievers under 40 years of age.
Created in 1972, DCI is an intermediate sized service company, in which the French government is the concurring shareholder. Culturally close to the Ministry of Defence, DCI offers outsourcing services to foreign countries, for:
- Consulting and assistance throughout the life cycle of armament programs
- Training engineering, in the academic, operational and technical fields
Lastly, DCI and its subsidiaries have been partners of the French Armed Forces for 10 years within the scope of service contracts and are endeavouring to extend their activities to European Union countries.