SOURCE: EADS North America

EADS North America

May 10, 2011 16:22 ET

EADS North America Appoints Paul Pastorek as Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary

ARLINGTON, VA--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - EADS North America today announced the appointment of Paul G. Pastorek as Chief Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In his new position Mr. Pastorek will direct the company's legal activities, including the contracts, export control and compliance functions, and serve as Secretary to the company's Board of Directors.

"I'm very pleased that Paul Pastorek is joining the EADS North America team," said Sean O'Keefe, CEO of EADS North America. "Paul brings over 30 years of legal, management and public service experience to his new role as Chief Counsel. He has held a number of senior positions at both the state and federal level in which he demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of government customers and an unwavering commitment to meeting their needs. Paul will play a key role in EADS North America's continued growth."

Mr. Pastorek is an attorney and was associated with the law firm of Adams and Reese for over 27 years as a partner, litigator and corporate attorney. He served as the managing partner of the firm's business practice group and oversaw its government practice activities which spanned the Gulf Coast region as well as Washington, D.C.

He was appointed in 2002 as General Counsel of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Pastorek directed the activities of a 150-attorney legal team and served as the agency's Chief Ethics Officer. He was instrumental in the agency's return to human space flight following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia in 2003.

From 1996 to 2004, Mr. Pastorek served as a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and was elected to three consecutive terms as Board President from 2001 to 2004.

Prior to joining EADS North America, Mr. Pastorek served as the Louisiana State Superintendent of Education. He was appointed in 2007 by the Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and served two consecutive terms.

As Superintendent, Mr. Pastorek led a public agency of more than 700 employees and a $134 million annual budget, with oversight responsibility for an additional $5.5 billion in state and federal funding. He also directed the state's efforts to turn around more than 100 of Louisiana's most challenged schools, including the rebuilding of elementary and secondary schools in New Orleans devastated by Hurricane Katrina.

He received both his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

About EADS North America
EADS North America is the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $11 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 200,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. Operating in 17 states, EADS North America offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

About EADS
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2009, the Group -- comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter -- generated revenues of EUR 42.8 billion and employed a workforce of more than 119,000.

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