Bernard Panefieu has been responsible since 2001 for the navigation strategy of Thales Avionics AME. He is the navigation product line manager for the Thales Aerospace division in France.
From 1996 to 2001, he was the French representative in the GPS Joint Program Office at Los Angeles AFB in California. Between 1990 and 1996, Panefieu headed the GPS and Navigation department in LRBA, the French technical center of expertise for radionavigation. From 1985 to 1990, he and his team created the LRBA expertise on GPS and hybridization with inertial systems.
He holds an engineering degree in mechanics and aerodynamics from ENSSEIHT of Toulouse, France. He obtained his master's degree in mechanics from the Marseille Institute France.