Jean-Marie Messier bid Viv U employees adieu in an email Tuesday. In the missive, he also made a concerted plea for preserving a semblance of the trans-Atlantic conglom as it exits today.
“In order to bring back serenity in and around Vivendi, I have decided to leave,” he wrote. “This is a personal sorrow: I’ve wanted this group, I’ve built it, because I believed in it. And I still believe in it.
“I am withdrawing, my heart broken, in the hope that this will end the divisions of the board and the permanent suspicions of the markets.”
Messier went on to suggest, “Vivendi Universal must continue to exist, (though) partial sales are necessary.”
He added: “Mistakes have been made, they can be corrected, and I had begun to do so. But I believe that the only mistake that can’t be overcome, the one from which you can’t come back, would be to break this company’s main businesses.
“I leave Vivendi Universal with great sadness. I leave Vivendi Universal so that Vivendi Universal remains.”