Arnaud de Puyfontaine’s career in the media and communications industry has spanned over 25 years during which time he has reshaped the European/US media landscape in a variety of international roles including Chief Executive of Hearst UK, Editions Mondadori and Emap.
Arnaud is currently Chief Executive of Vivendi SA, the international media content and entertainment group. He was appointed Vivendi CEO after joining the group in November 2013 as Senior Executive Vice President of Media and Content activities.
Vivendi S.A. is the parent of Universal Music Group, the world’s largest music company, and Canal+ Group, a European leader in pay TV and European TV and film production.
Previously, Arnaud was the Chief Executive Officer of Hearst UK, part of Hearst Corporation. In 2011, he led the acquisition and integration of 102 brands from the Lagardère Group, before being appointed Managing Director of Western Europe in August 2013.
At Hearst Corporation, Arnaud worked alongside Gloo Network’s Chief Executive Officer Rebecca Miskin, and successfully managed an iconic media portfolio which included Cosmopolitan, Elle, Good Housekeeping and Harper's Bazaar.
Prior to this, Arnaud was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Editions Mondadori France, becoming General Head of all digital business for the Mondadori Group.
Arnaud helped found Emap France in 1995, where he was responsible for Télé Poche, Studio Magazine and the establishment of the Emap Star Division. He was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Emap France in 1998 and joined the board of Emap Plc in 2000.
Arnaud de Puyfontaine is a graduate of the ESCP, the Multimedia Institute and Harvard Business School and was named Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2015.