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New general counsel for EDF

14th March 2012

EDF, one of Europe’s largest energy companies, has announced the arrival of a new general counsel to oversee its legal operations. Eric Thomas, who has joined from the defence and aerospace organisation Thales, has become part of the gas and electricity giant’s executive committee following his introduction in mid-February.

Thomas has a long and prestigious career of in-house work, having previously held influential posts with Total and been involved in the privatisation process of Matra, a subsidiary of Lagardere. He became general counsel for the corporation in 1999, before enjoying the same job at EADS from 2000 and then Thales from 2006.

With high level positions in energy companies representing some of the most important and challenging legal jobs in the country, Thomas will face a potentially difficult first few months in his new role, joining EDF at a time of national debate over the fluctuating costs of domestic utilities.