Yannick Bolloré

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Yannick Bolloré
Born (1980-02-01) February 1, 1980 (age 34)
Nationality French
Occupation Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Spouse(s) Chloé Bouygues
Parents Vincent Bolloré

Yannick Bolloré (born February 1, 1980) is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Havas,[1] the fifth largest global communications company. He is also vice-president and director of Havas, which belongs to Bolloré Group, the business empire of his family chaired by his father Vincent.

Career[edit]

Having begun a DESS (French university degree) in audio-visual communication, in 2002 Yannick Bolloré founded film production company WY Productions, whose films include Hell, Des vents contraires and Amitiés sincères, together with Wassim Béji, nephew of Franco-Tunisian producer Tarak Ben Ammar.

In July 2006, he joined Bolloré Group chaired by his father Vincent, as Programs Director of Direct 8, a TV channel with the highest audience growth of any French television channel at the time. From September 2009 to September 2010, he was CEO of Bolloré Média,[2] which includes TV channel Direct 8, the freesheets Direct Matin (largest daily paper in France with over one million circulation) and Direct Soir, the Bolloré Intermédia advertising network, and opinion pollster CSA. In March 2010, he purchased the Virgin 17 television channel from Lagardère and in September relaunched it under a new brand Direct Star. Between October 2009 and June 2010, he founded several companies including Havas Productions, H2O Productions and Direct Cinéma, a joint film production company.

Yannick Bolloré was appointed vice-president of Havas in March 2011.

In September 2011, he signed a deal to sell the television business of Bolloré Média, which had become the no. 3 private radio and TV broadcaster in France, to Canal+ Group for close to €465 million in exchange for Vivendi shares,[3] which makes Bolloré Group the largest Vivendi shareholder.

Yannick Bolloré has also been a director of Bolloré Participations since 1998, Bolloré since 2009 and Havas since 2010. He has further been a member of the influential club Le Siècle.

Private Life[edit]

In June 2006, Yannick Bolloré married Chloé Bouygues, niece of Martin Bouygues.

Distinctions[edit]

  • Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum (since 2008)
  • B'nai Brith Gold Medal, for having “illustrated and defended the individual and universal values of ethics and philosophical and religious morals” (2010)
  • Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et lettres de la République française (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters of the French Republic) (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1], havas.com
  2. ^ [2], businessweek.com
  3. ^ Canal Plus Buys 60% of Bollore's TV Business, hollywoodreporter.com, 9/9/2011