Mr. Arnaud de Puyfontaine was born on April 26, 1964 in Paris, France, and is a graduate of the ESCP (1988), the Multimedia Institute (1992) and Harvard Business School (2000).
In 1989, he started his career as a consultant at Arthur Andersen and then worked as a project manager at Rhône-Poulenc Pharma in Indonesia.
In 1990, he joined 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 started up 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 Head of all digital business for the Mondadori group.
In April 2009, Mr. Puyfontaine joined the US HEARST media group 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 from the Lagardère group published abroad, and, in June 2011, was appointed Executive Vice President of Hearst Magazines International. In May 2012, he joined the Board of Directors of Schibsted. Then, in August 2013, he was appointed Managing Director of Western Europe. He was Chairman of ESCP Europe Alumni.
From January to June, 2014, Mr. Puyfontaine was a member of Vivendi’s 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.
Universal Music France, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Canal+ Group, Member of the Supervisory Board
Studiocanal, Member of the Supervisory Board
Other positions and functions
Telecom Italia SpA (*) (Italy), Vice-Chairman of the Management Board
Banijay Group (SAS), permanent representative of Vivendi on the Supervisory Board
Gloo Networks plc (*) (United Kingdom), Non-Executive Chairman
Schibsted Media group, Independent Director
Innit, member of the Advisory Committee
French-American Foundation, Chairman
Positions previously held that have expired during the last five years
Telecom Italia SpA (*) (Italy), Director
Canal+ Group, Chairman of the Supervisory Board
GVT Participaçoes SA (Brazil), Chairman of the Management Board
Canal+ Group, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Kepler, Independent Director
ESCP Europe Alumni, Chairman
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 and de Publicité (Monaco), Director
Hearts Magazines, S.L. (Spain), Director
Hearts Magazines Italia S.p.A (Italy), Director
Melty group, Director