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EADS North America Announces Appointment of Director of Government Relations; Rachelle Schroeder brings Capitol Hill and Homeland Security expertise to EADS.

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EADS North America has announced that Rachelle G. Schroeder has joined the company as Director of Government Relations. In this newly established position, Ms. Schroeder will report to the Vice President of Government Relations on legislative and government activities in the United States. Ms. Schroeder will be located in the Washington D.C. headquarters of EADS North America.

EADS North America is the U.S. holding company for EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. Ralph Crosby, Chairman and CEO, and a member of the EADS Executive Committee, said: "It is a pleasure to welcome Rachelle to the EADS North America team. Her experience working in Homeland Security and her extensive knowledge of U.S. government and legislative activities will be valuable to our efforts as we expand our presence in the United States. EADS is committed to expansion in the U.S.; creating and sustaining jobs, supporting local EADS-NA communities, and providing a superior proposition to commercial customers, the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, NASA, and state and local governments and agencies. Rachelle will be integrally involved in this process."

Since 1989, Ms. Schroeder has been involved in political and legislative affairs, serving in several positions in the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Energy, and Mississippi local government. Most recently, she served as a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee's Subcommittee on Homeland Security. As a Professional Staff member, Ms. Schroeder managed the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate and the United States Coast Guard accounts within the appropriations bill and was called upon for recommendations on the needs of the agencies within the Department of Homeland Security. Before becoming a Professional Staff member, Ms. Schroeder was the Staff Assistant for Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies. In 1997, she served as Legislative Assistant to Senator Thad Cochran (R-MS). Previously, Ms. Schroeder also worked for Kemper Consulting, Inc. as the Government Relations Assistant working with issues of the Virginia State Legislature.

Rachelle Schroeder is a graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Public Policy and Administration degrees in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Ms. Schroeder currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the Senate Employee Child Care Center in Washington and is a member of the Patriot Republican Women's Organization in Virginia and the Women in Government Relations Leader Foundation in Washington, DC.

About EADS North America

With headquarters in Washington, D.C., EADS North America is the holding company for the North American operations of EADS, the second largest aerospace and defense company in the world. As a leader in all sectors of defense and homeland security, EADS North America and its parent company, EADS, contribute over $6 billion to the U.S. economy annually and support more than 100,000 American jobs through its network of suppliers and services. With 11 operating companies located in 38 cities and 20 states including the District of Columbia, EADS offers a broad array of advanced solutions to its customers in the commercial, homeland security, aerospace and defense markets.

EADS North America Subsidiaries: Access Research Corporation (ARC), Reston, VA; ARC Information Assurance Institute, Reston, VA; American Eurocopter LLC, Grand Prairie, TX ; EADS Aeroframe Services, LLC, Lake Charles, LA; EADS CASA North America, Washington, DC; EADS Sogerma Barfield, Inc., Miami, FL; Socata Aircraft, Inc., Pembroke Pines, FL; EADS Supply & Services, Rockville, MD; EADS TELECOM North America, Frisco, TX; Fairchild Controls Corporation, Frederick, MD; TYX, Reston, VA.

About EADS

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. In 2003, EADS generated revenues of EUR 30.1 billion and employed a workforce of about 109,000 worldwide. The EADS Group includes the aircraft manufacturer Airbus, the world's largest helicopter supplier Eurocopter and the joint venture MBDA, the second largest missile producer in the global market. EADS is the major partner in the Eurofighter consortium, is the prime contractor for the Ariane launcher, develops the A400M military transport aircraft and is the largest industrial partner for the European satellite navigation system Galileo.

For more information about EADS North America, visit or contact Diane Murphy at (202) 776-0988, or email:
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