Philippe-Olivier Rousseau has been elected as the new President of European anti-piracy organisation AEPOC (European Association for the Protection of Encrypted Works and Services). The 53-year-old managing director and senior banker ay BNP Paribas is replacing Jean Grenier, the former director-general of Eutelsat, who is stepping down after 13 years.
A telecommunications engineer and musician Rousseau has also held positions at the French media regulator Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA), Eutelsat, Intelsat and Music Choice Europe.
Rousseau was elected during AEPOC’s general assembly in Brussels, which also thanked Grenier for his contribution to the organisation he helped establish in 1995. Grenier went on to welcome his successor: “Thanks to Mr Rousseau’s ultra-panoramic experience in the media and telecommunication sectors, reaching from finance over to operations and politics, I am fully convinced that a President, who is not representing an AEPOC member company, will be in an excellent position to lead the association.”
The next AEPOC meeting is planned for March 2010.