Thomson-CSF recruits GEC PR head to top comms job

French defence contractor Thomson-CSF has appointed Philip Treloar to the new position of UK director of communications.

French defence contractor Thomson-CSF has appointed Philip Treloar

to the new position of UK director of communications.



The position was created in a bid to bring greater cohesion to the

firm’s internal and external communications strategy.



Treloar reports to managing director David Price and chairman Lord

Freeman.



He was previously head of PR and publicity for General Electric Company

(GEC).



Prior to GEC, he was external communications manager at electrical

systems supplier Alstom when it was a part of the GEC group. He is also

a public affairs officer for the Royal Navy Reserve.



Treloar’s first aim is to improve internal communications between the

company’s 13 subsidiaries and partnerships, which include Thomson-Thorn

Missile Electronics, Pilkington Optronics and Shorts Missile

Systems.



’We need to talk to each other as a unit and I am planning to launch a

company newspaper and an intranet,’ he said.



Treloar added that an external communications drive will concentrate on

promoting ’well known UK names’ which belong to the company to ’let

people know we exist’.



Thomson-CSF was owned by the French government until last year. Since

the state reduced its majority shareholding, the company has sought to

raise the profile of its UK arm as a contractor for managing high risk

projects. It aims to double its UK turnover over the next two years to

pounds 1 billion.



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