EADS North America has named a new director of special projects, appointing Claire Allanche to the position beginning in September 2011. Allanche will report to company Chief Operating Officer Dave Oliver, leading cross-functional project teams to conduct evaluations, proposals and project execution.
Allanche joins EADS North America from EADS’ Cassidian division, where where she currently serves as the vice president, head of international media relations and head of communications France. This position allows her to advise the CEO and develop a comprehensive communications strategy for internal and external corporate communications. She also leads the execution and strategy for media relations activities, where she gained valuable media coverage in the international and trade press.
“Claire Allanche will bring 15 years of experience within EADS Group and demonstrated leadership ability,” Oliver said. “Her knowledge of EADS’s operations and business strategy will be an important contribution to our future growth in the U.S.”
Allanche started her career in 1985 at Agence Delaitte & Associates, a public relations and corporate communications agency. She went on to hold a number of public relations and corporate communications positions at Agence Solange Stricker & Associes, Capgemini and Matra Nortel Communications. She has also served as communications counselor with the French Ministry of Parliament Affairs, a position that she held for four years.
Allanche received her bachelor’s degree degree in applied foreign languages from University of Paris Sorbonne and is a recipient of the 2010 “Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite” (the Civil Legion of Honor).