Loutrel named as new ARCEP chief

Benoît Loutrel is to replace Philippe Distler as director-general of French telecom regulator ARCEP in March.

Loutrel was deputy director-general of ARCEP until 2010, when he left to head a programme to fund the development of the digital economy.

He was named as the new director-general by ARCEP president Jean-Ludovic Silicani. Distler has been named a member of the regulator’s college. ARCEP deputy director-general François Lions, will take interim charge ahead of Loutrel taking up his post.