Cobham institutes legal chief role with Corus hire

Cobham institutes legal chief role with Corus hireAerospace company Cobham has hired former Corus UK in-house legal counsel Eleanor Evans, creating the new role of chief legal officer. Evans said she would be meeting with Cobham’s external firms over the coming weeks to create new relationships. Allen & Overy is Cobham’s main corporate adviser.

Evans said: “I think Cobham is a terrific opportunity. The company’s going through a lot of change and is very acquisitive and there’s a lot of tremendously interesting work.” Evans will also take over the role of Cobham
company secretary John Pope, who has left the company to take time off to pursue other interests.

Cobham is a new entrant to the FTSE100 and intends to consolidate its position in the index of leading companies through acquisitions.

Last week Cobham bought US electronics company M/A COM from Tyco Electronics for $425m (£210m).

The appointment of Evans, and the creation of the new chief legal officer role, comes at a time of change for Cobham.

Current chairman Gordon Page is retiring from the board after seven years in the role in November, making way for deputy chairman David Turner to take his place.

At Corus, Helen Matheson has been serving as interim general counsel. She is also Corus’s compliance head.

Matheson has been interim general counsel since the departure of former legal chief Richard Shoylekov to building equipment distributor Wolseley last year.

Matheson did not return calls for comment.