LEVALLOIS: Ketchum France has taken on Eric Maillard as a joint manager in its hi-tech department. He will drive forward team development and implement communications strategies in the field of new technology. In the newly-created position, he will work alongside Pierre Sabian. Maillard joins from consumer electronics group Thomson multimedia, where he was PR and press relations officer, Europe, for two years. Prior to this, he was head of the press office at Kodak for four years.