Baronnet joins EuropaCorp as CEO

Luc Besson remains chairman of the board

PARIS — French distribution-production powerhouse EuropaCorp has tapped Jean-Julien Baronnet as its CEO.

Luc Besson, EuropaCorp’s co-founder and current CEO, will remain in his position of chairman of the board of directors.

Baronnet, who joins on Nov. 3, comes to EuropaCorp from the presidency of French marketing consultants OSE. He served previously as executive vice-president of specialty chemical manufacturers, Rhodia.

EuropaCorp’s board voted on Thursday to hold a general meeting in the near future to propose that Baronnet and two other new board members, Herve Digne and Gregoire Chertok, also be made shareholders.

Digne is a senior advisor at the Paris branch of Dutch bank ABN AMRO and is also the chairman of French financial consultants Postmedia Finance.

Chertok is a managing partner at investment bankers Rothschild & Cie., as well as being a member of Prime minister Francois Fillon’s Economic Analysis Council.

Launched in 2000 by director-producer-writer Besson and producer-actor Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, EuropaCorp has become one of Europe’s largest film producers, co-producers and distributors.

The company was publicly listed on Paris’ Euronext exchange in July 2007.