INTERNATIONAL: Bayle joins Aerospatiale as communications director

PARIS: Leading aerospace and defence firm Groupe Aerospatiale, which is about to be privatised, has appointed former defence ministry adviser Pierre Bayle as its new communications director.

PARIS: Leading aerospace and defence firm Groupe Aerospatiale,

which is about to be privatised, has appointed former defence ministry

adviser Pierre Bayle as its new communications director.



Bayle joined Aerospatiale as media relations director last month. In his

new post, he replaces Patrice Kreis, who has now taken up the post of

communications director at Electricite de France.



Bayle will report to chairman Yves Michot and oversee a government and

media relations team of about 20 people. He will work closely with

financial relations head Marc Paganini and international affairs

director Yves Verret, who handles external affairs outside France.



Before joining Aerospatiale, Bayle was communications adviser in the

defence ministry for seven years. His role included launching specialist

defence newsletter TTU in 1993 and editing it for four years. He was

previously a journalist for 19 years and covered the Gulf War for

newswire service, Agence France Presse.



Aerospatiale is currently 99 per cent state-owned, but the French

government is due to sell around 30 per cent of its share to private

conglomerate Lagardere in exchange for rival firm Matra Hautes

Technologies, which belongs to Lagardere and will be merged with

Aerospatiale.



A further stake of about 20 per cent will be floated on the Paris stock

exchange in the first four months of 1999 and around two per cent will

be available for Aerospatiale employees, leaving the government with a

minority share.



Aerospatiale is a partner in European civil aircraft consortium Airbus

Industrie, alongside DaimlerChrysler Aerospace, British Aerospace and

CASA. Airbus manufactures planes including the A340.



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