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Arnaud de Puyfontaine


Nationality : French
Date of birth : 26 April 1964


Arnaud de Puyfontaine is a graduate of ESCP Business School (1988), Institut Multimédias (1992) and Harvard Business School (2000). He started his career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen and then in 1989 worked as a project manager at Rhône-Poulenc Pharma in Indonesia. In 1990, he joined Le Figaro as Executive Director. In 1995, as a member of the founding team of the Emap Group in France, he headed Télé Poche and Studio Magazine, managed the acquisition of Télé Star and Télé Star Jeux, and launched the Emap Star Division, before becoming Chief Executive Officer of Emap France in 1998. In 1999, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Emap France, and, in 2000, joined the Executive Board of Emap plc. He led several M&A deals, and concomitantly, from 2000 to 2005, served as Chairman of EMW, the Emap/Wanadoo digital subsidiary. In August 2006, he was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Editions Mondadori France. In June 2007, he became General Manager of all digital business for the Mondadori group.

In April 2009, Arnaud de Puyfontaine joined the US media group Hearst as Chief Executive Officer of its UK subsidiary, Hearst UK. In 2011, on behalf of the Hearst group, he led the acquisition from the Lagardère group of 102 magazines published abroad, and, in June 2011, was appointed Executive Vice President of Hearst Magazines International. In August 2013, he was appointed Managing Director for Western Europe. He has also been Chairman of ESCP Europe Alumni. From January to June 2014, Arnaud de Puyfontaine was a member of the Vivendi Management Board and Senior Executive Vice President in charge of its media and content operations. Since 24 June 2014, he has been Chairman of the Management Board of Vivendi.

► Directorships and other positions currently held by Arnaud Puyfontaine :

In France :

Chairman of the Management Board, Vivendi (listed company)
Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Universal Music France
Member of the Supervisory Board, Canal+ Group
Director, Havas
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Editis Holding
Member of the Advisory Committee, Innit
Honorary Chairman, French-American Foundation

Outside France :

Director and member of the Strategic Committee, Telecom Italia SpA (Italy) (listed company)
Director, Universal Music Group, Inc.