This follows the end of Bénédicte Bachs-Scherrer’s term. She has held the position on an interim basis since December 17, 2021 and will remain the company’s CFO.
The appointment of Dubois comes as the sale of the shares of Euronews’ majority shareholder MGN to the fund Alpac Capital is due to take place in the next few weeks. The signing of a binding offer to acquire these shares was previously announced on December 17, 2021.
Commenting on the appointment, Michael Peters, chairman of Euronews’ board of directors, said: “As Alpac Capital is set to become Euronews’ majority shareholder, and as we have finished 2021 with a significant improvement in its operating result of almost 20% compared to budget, we are confident that we will achieve our objective of reaching our break-even target by 2023. Guillaume joins us at a strategic time in the development of our group. His solid experience in key positions within renowned news brands and his personal skills will enable him to drive a renewal in the editorial offer, to accompany the diversification of the group, while strengthening its identity based on independence and its European DNA”.
Dubois added: “I am immensely proud to be joining Euronews, at a time when the war in Ukraine is showing how the European point of view is more necessary than ever in the international news landscape. The company, which will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in a few months’ time, has all the assets needed to continue, strengthen and extend its mission to inform and explain, across all platforms”.
Before joining Euronews, Dubois was the director of broadcasting for the French 24-hour news channel LCI (TF1 group). Prior to that, he held various positions within the Altice Media group: managing editor and then MD (from 2005 to 2016) of the all-news channel BFMTV; MD of BFM Business (from 2003 to 2016); deputy MD and then chairman and CEO of L’Express Group (2016-2018).