Celeste Thomasson named Safran Vice President, Legal Affairs
Paris, June 10, 2010 – Safran today named Celeste Thomasson as Vice President for Legal Affairs, an appointment that takes effect on July 1, 2010. She replaces Francis de Raimond, who is retiring.
A citizen of the United States, Celeste Thomasson has built up solid experience in both French and U.S. law. As Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Safran USA, she worked on the legal and fiscal aspects of Safran's two recent acquisitions of security businesses in the United States. Celeste Thomasson will bolster the international legal expertise of the Safran group, which operates in three global markets, Aerospace, Defence and Security.
She will report to Dominique-Jean Chertier, member of the Executive Board and Executive Vice President, Social, Legal and Institutional Affairs.
Celeste Thomasson, 43, a U.S. citizen, holds a Juris Doctorate Degree from Southwestern University School of Law of Los Angeles. She started her law career in California, holding several positions from 1992 to 1998, in particular as an attorney with the Los Angeles office of Baker & McKenzie. She moved to France in 1999 to take the position of Senior Councel in charge of License Acquisitions at Laboratoires Fournier. In 2002 Celeste Thomasson joined Safran group company Messier Services as head of the Legal Department, moving to Messier-Dowty in 2003 as Vice President, Legal Affairs. She returned to the United States in July 2008 as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Safran USA. Celeste Thomasson has been a member of the State Bar of California since 1993.
Safran is a leading international high-technology group with three core businesses: Aerospace (propulsion and equipment), Defence and Security. Operating worldwide, the Safran group has 55,000 employees and generated sales exceeding 10.4 billion euros in 2009. Working alone or in partnership, Safran holds world or European leadership positions in its core markets. The Group invests heavily in Research & Development to meet the requirements of changing markets, including expenditures of 1.1 billion euros in 2009. Safran is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris and its share is part of the SBF 120 and Euronext 100 indexes.
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