SOURCE: Thomson

September 23, 2009 04:57 ET

THOMSON : Christophe Diot appointed Chief Scientist at Thomson

PARIS--(Marketwire - September 23, 2009) - PRESS RELEASE

Christophe Diot appointed Chief Scientist at Thomson

Paris (France) - 23 September 2009 - Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), a worldwide leader of services to content creators, announced today the appointment of Christophe Diot as Chief Scientist.

An expert on internet architecture and communication protocols analysis, Christophe Diot joined the Group in 2005 to found and lead the Paris research laboratory. The Paris laboratory quickly acquired international scientific recognition, thanks to its work on content distribution over the internet (especially peer-to-peer), social networks, and Internet management.

As Chief Scientist, Christophe Diot will concentrate on implementing the scientific strategy of the Group. His mission also includes promoting Thomson's technological leadership and building privileged relationships with the academic community.

"Christophe's vision in the field of internet technologies and his leadership in co-ordinating research groups, taken together with his scientific reputation at international visibility, are major advantages in consolidating Thomson's efforts in the field of research, thus reinforcing our position as technological leader," declared Frédéric Rose, Chairman and CEO of Thomson.

Before joining Thomson, Christophe Diot was researcher at INRIA Sophia Antipolis from 1993 to 1998, Founder and Director of the Internet Sprint Research Laboratory (USA) from 1998 to 2003, and Senior Researcher at Intel Research in Cambridge (UK) form 2003 to 2005. He has contributed to around 300 publications, and co-invented a significant number of patents.

At the age of 48, Christophe Diot holds a Doctorate in Computer Science from the Institut National Polytechnique of Grenoble. Christophe Diot is a Fellow of the ACM.

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