Arnaud de Puyfontaine
Arnaud de Puyfontaine
Chairman of the Management Board
42 avenue de Friedland
Expertise and experience
Arnaud de Puyfontaine is a graduate of the ESCP (1988), the Multimedia Institute (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 has 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 of 102 magazines published abroad from the Lagardère group, 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 June 24, 2014, he has been Chairman of the Management Board and Chief Executive Officer.
Since December 15, 2015, Arnaud de Puyfontaine has been a member of Telecom Italia’s Board of Directors, of which Vivendi is the largest shareholder. He was Executive Chairman of the telecoms operator from June 2017 to April 2018.
Arnaud de Puyfontaine is Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur and was awarded the OBE (Officer of the British Empire).
Positions currently held
Universal Music France (SAS), Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Canal+ Group, Member of the Supervisory Board
Other positions and offices (in France)
Innit, Member of the Advisory Committee
French-American Foundation, Chairman
Other positions and offices (outside France)
Telecom Italia SpA (*) (Italy), Director
Positions previously held that have expired during the last five years (in France)
Studiocanal, Member of the Supervisory Board
Canal+ Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Canal+ Group, Vice Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Banijay Group (SAS), Permanent representative of Vivendi on the Supervisory Committee
Kepler, Independent Director
ESCP Europe Alumni, Chairman
Melty Group, Director
Iceberg lux, Member of the Advisory Committee
Positions previously held that have expired during the last five years (outside France)
Telecom Italia SpA (*) (Italy), Executive Chairman and Member of the Strategic Committee
GVT Participaçoes SA (Brazil), Chairman of the Board of Directors
The National Magazine Company Limited (United Kingdom), Director
Hearst-Rodale UK Limited (United Kingdom), Director
Handbag.com Limited (United Kingdom), Director
Hearst Magazines UK 2012-1 (United Kingdom), Director
F.E.P. (UK) Limited (United Kingdom), Director
COMAG (Condé Nast Magazine Distributors Limited) (United Kingdom), Director
PPA (Professional Publishers Association) (United Kingdom), Director
Compagnie Internationale de Presse et de Publicité (Monaco), Director
Hearst Magazines, S.L. (Spain), Director
Hearst Magazines Italia S.p.A (Italy), Director
Schibsted Media Group, Independent Director
Gloo Networks plc (*) (Great Britain), Non-Executive Chairman
(*) Listed on a regulated market.