Jean-René Fourtou

Vivendi makes management board appointments

Vivendi’s supervisory board has named the chairman and CEO of the Bolloré Group, Vincent Bolloré, as chairman in a string of management board appointments at a meeting yesterday.  The supervisory board also appointed Vivendi director Pierre Rodocanachi as vice-chairman and Jean-René Fourtou, who has chaired the group since 2002, as honorary chairman. Daniel Camus becomes […]

War of words erupts between Vivendi and Bouygues

The war of words between Vivendi and Bouygues proprietor Martin Bouygues over the former’s decision to sell SFR to Numericable owner Altice has moved to a new stage following an interview given by Bouygues to Le Figaro in which he attacked Vivendi CEO Jean-René Fourtou and accused him of changing his mind about Bouygues’ offer […]

Vivendi confirms Altice approach on Numericable-SFR merger

Vivendi has confirmed that it has been approached by Numericable majority owner Patrick Drahi’s investment vehicle Altice “regarding a potential alliance” between its telecom subsidiary SFR and cable operator Numericable, in which Drahi holds a controlling interest. However, Vivendi said it “has not received any formal offer” and that its supervisory board “will announce a […]

Vivendi approves SFR split, backs Bolloré

Vivendi has approved plans to spin off its teleco arm SFR as a separate company and has said that leading shareholder Vincent Bolloré will replace Jean-René Fourtou as chairman of the new-look Vivendi.  At the same time, the firm announced the appointment of the CEO of Hearst Magazines UK and executive vice-president of Hearst Magazines International, […]

Fourtou: Vivendi could spin off media arm, retain SFR

Vivendi could retain control of telecom group SFR and spin off its more profitable media arm – comprising not only Canal+ and Universal Media Group but also Brazilian telco GVT, according to chairman Jean-René Fourtou.  Interviewed by French daily Le Monde, Fourtou said that a sale of SFR in current market conditions was not on […]