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June 25, 2008

Consul General of France names new Honorary Consul

(June 25, 2008) – St. Louis (June 25, 2008) – After serving for more than 17 years, St. Louis lawyer James F. Mauzé (Ottsen, Mauzé, Leggat & Belz, L.C.) announced that he is retiring from his duties as the Honorary Consul to France to pursue his law practice and other interests and to give others the opportunity to serve. During his years of service, Mauzé was instrumental in encouraging relations between French leaders and Missouri business and governmental leaders; facilitating the bilateral foreign trade process; and ensuring that each new French Ambassador to the United States and Consul General of Chicago frequently visited the state. In addition, Mauzé was also responsible for performing different diplomatic duties and other services.
Due to Mauzé's retirement, St. Louis native James A. Cooper has been appointed the new Honorary French Consul in St. Louis by the French Government. Jean-Baptiste Main de Boissière, Consul General of France in Chicago, announced that Cooper will officially assume his duties and responsibilities on July 1 upon approval by the U.S. Department of State. Mauzé will become Consul Emeritus.
Cooper is co-founder and managing principal of St. Louis-based private equity firm Thompson Street Capital Partners. As Honorary Consul of France, Cooper will be responsible for diplomatic duties and services to the French community in Missouri

"Jim Mauzé has done a wonderful job serving in this role, so I have very big shoes to fill. My focus will be to continue his good work, providing for the needs of French citizens and visiting French governmental officials with a focus on sustaining the economic development between Missouri and France," Cooper said.

Cooper currently serves on the St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation Development Board and is a member of the foundation finance committee. Jim also serves as a member of the University of Missouri MBA Advisory Board.