Katy Motiey Joins Thales Navigation as General Counsel
Santa Clara, Calif. (May 18, 2005) Thales today announced the appointment of Katy Motiey as vice president, general counsel of its navigation business. Motiey brings a rich background in the review and negotiation of all matters relating to commercial transactions, private financings, mergers and acquisitions, general corporate, intellectual property and employment issues. Motiey has provided legal counsel to companies including technology leaders Alta Vista and Maple Optical, as well as one of the largest law firms in the world, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
"Katy is a welcome addition to our management team," said Henry Gaillard, chief executive officer of Thales' navigation business. "Her broad experience with technology business matters makes her a great fit with the dynamic nature of our business."
Prior to joining Thales, Motiey practiced law at GCA Law Partners LLP, where her practice included representation of technology companies in general corporate matters, commercial and strategic transactions, intellectual property matters, private financings, and mergers and acquisitions.
Prior to joining GCA, Motiey held various in-house and outside counsel positions, including as vice president, general counsel and secretary at Maple Optical Systems in San Jose, Calif., senior corporate counsel at Alta Vista Company in Palo Alto, Calif., and as a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Los Angeles and Palo Alto, Calif.
Motiey was a law clerk for the Honorable Manuel L. Real, formerly Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in the Central District of California, from 1993 to 1995.
Motiey received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. where she graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, and her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.
About Thales Thales is an international electronics and systems group serving the defense, aerospace, services and security markets. The group employs 61,500 people worldwide and generated revenues of10 billion euros in 2004.
Thales' navigation business is one of the world's leaders in positioning, navigation and guidance equipment with global operations. Thales markets its Magellan® brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its GPS and GNSS professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM markets.
Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales has developed the Hertz NeverLost® vehicle navigation system.