Eurosport Group Chairman & CEO Laurent-Eric Le Lay has announced a batch of new appointments to the Management Steering Committee of the TF1-owned channel.
Jean-Thierry Augustin extends his current responsibilities to include the directorship of rights acquisitions as managing director, distribution, Development & rights acquisitions.
Géraldine Filiol, deputy managing director, heads the Eurosport Events division, and, reporting directly to the chairman, will continue to lead negotiations of acquisitions through the EBU, as well as negotiations for certain major rights, notably tennis.
Reporting to Jean-Thierry Augustin, Laurent Prud’homme is appointed director of rights acquisitions. Prud’homme has also been appointed as a member of the Management Steering Committee.
There are also changes to the management of Eurosport’s TV channels with Arnaud Simon appointed deputy managing director, Eurosport France. Simon has held the role of broadcast director, Eurosport International & Eurosport 2 since 2007. He will report to François Schmitt, deputy managing, Broadcast & Technology:
Julien Bergeaud, currently director of rights acquisitions, has been appointed to become the new broadcast director for Eurosport International & Eurosport 2.
Patrick Goddet, deputy managing director of Eurosport France since 2004, becomes deputy managing director, office of the chairman; a wide ranging role that will focus on international development.
In a statement Le Lay said Eurosport had gone from strength to strength. “2009 was no exception, thanks to the groundwork we have laid embracing new technology and the innovations we have launched since 2008, such as HD, 3D and developments in new media. We do not intend to stop there. Our business model is robust and sustainable so we have no need to reinvent ourselves, but we do constantly strive for excellence. Key to excellence is the commitment and talent of our teams. This new line-up is the ideal cast for success in our new path for the company’s development.”