EADS looks internally to replace general counsel

The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) has appointed Peter Kleinschmidt to succeed general counsel Diane de Saint Victor.

Kleinschmidt was promoted after De Saint Victor quit for Switzerland-based power and automation technologies company ABB.

Kleinschmidt, who joined EADS from Airbus in 2005, will lead a team of 120 lawyers in Paris and Munich, as well as overseeing EADS’s worldwide legal function.

Kleinschmidt previously worked as the senior vice-president for the office of the company’s chief operating officer for finance.

Last October Clifford Chance acted for EADS on the e2.75bn (£1.85bn) purchase of BAE Systems’ 20 per cent stake in Airbus SAS.

EADS is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher and generated a revenue of €34.2bn (£22.88bn) in 2005.