Energy giant EDF installs Thales legal chief as general counsel

French energy giant EDF has appointed Eric Thomas as its new group general counsel.

Thomas, previously general counsel for aerospace and defence company Thales, joined EDF in mid-February. He is a member of the company’s executive committee and will report to general secretary Alain Tchernonog.

Tchernonog previously carried out the duties that Thomas will now take over.

Thomas has spent his career in-house, working for companies including Total and Lagardère. He worked on the privatisation of Lagardère subsidiary Matra in 1997 and became its general counsel in 1999.

In 2000 Thomas was the first general counsel of defence group EADS. He was then general counsel for Thales between 2006 and this year.

Thomas’s replacement at Thales has not yet been announced.