Arnaud de Puyfontaine

Vivendi chief tops list of Telecom Italia board nominees

Vivendi has placed its CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, CFO Hervé Philippe and general counsel Frédéric Crépin at the head of its list of candidates to take their places on Telecom Italia’s new board. According to convention, the top name on the list is reserved for the proposed chairman of the company, with De Puyfontaine widely […]

Vivendi chief: no resolution in sight to Mediaset conflict

Attempts to find a resolution to the battle between Vivendi and Mediaset have so far failed, according to the French media giant’s CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine, speaking to the Financial Times. Despite press speculation in recent weeks that a new deal was in the offing, there has been no discussion between the pair since July […]

Vivendi chief sees future in ‘horizontal’ convergence

Vivendi’s first attempt at convergence may have failed spectacularly, but the all-new media-focused Vivendi of 2017 is set to lead the way with a ‘horizontal’ convergence model, according to CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Vivendi first went down this road with the ill-fated Jean-Marie Messier-led acquisition spree that culminated in the French telecom group’s disastrous merger […]

De Puyfontaine: Vivendi remains open to deal with Mediaset

Vivendi remains open to a deal with Mediaset, according to CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine. Speaking to analysts after Vivendi published its end of year financial results, de Puyfonttaine said that Vivendi was “still willing to build a strong industrial relationship with this company” which fitted with Vivendi’s southern European strategy. He said that, whatever the […]

Mediaset threatens Vivendi over alleged breach of rules

The war of words between Mediaset and Vivendi over the latter’s second thoughts about buying the Italian broadcaster’s struggling pay TV unit shows no signs of abating. Mediaset on Friday accused Vivendi of being in breach of trading rules by releasing what it described as “totally subjective” information about the company’s performance during normal trading […]

Vivendi reassures Gameloft staff as it closes in on remaining shares

Vivendi has written to Gameloft employees to reassure them that the company’s innovative spirit will be in safe hands under the media giant’s ownership. The move follows Vivendi’s acquisition of a majority of Gameloft shares as a result of its hostile takeover of the gaming company. “You will join shortly an international content and media […]

Gloo Networks appoints Vivendi CEO as non-exec chairman

Gloo Networks, a company set up to buy and operate consumer brands in the media sector, has appointed Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine as non-executive chairman. De Puyfontaine, along with Gloo’s other directors, will be responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the company – which has set a target to buy media […]

Vivendi chief says company is not acting in concert with Xavier Niel

Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine offered reassurance over the weekend that Vivendi is not acting in concert with fellow French Telecom Italia shareholder Xavier Niel. De Puyfontaine’s comments in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera followed a warning from the Italian government after Neil moved to up his stake in the telco. Niel, […]

Vivendi in talks to buy Banijay-Zodiak stake

French media giant Vivendi is in talks to buy a minority stake in the soon-to-be merged Banijay and Zodiak production and distribution group. Vivendi confirmed that it is in exclusive talks to buy into to the new company. In a note in its 1H15 financial results, the Canal+ French media firm said: “Vivendi has entered […]

Decision day for Vivendi as Bolloré pushes for double voting rights

Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré is set to discover today whether he will secure enough votes to double his voting rights within the company under France’s Florange law. Bolloré has built up his position in the company over the last two months and now holds 14.5% of the company’s shares, up from 5.15% at the beginning […]