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MADRID — Pathe exec VP Francois Ivernel has been appointed chairman of EuroPalaces, one of the continent’s biggest exhibitors.

A joint venture of Pathe and Gaumont, chain operates 910 screens at 92 sites across Europe.

Appointment extends Ivernel’s mission: He was appointed managing director of film production and distribution at Pathe France in 2007 and has served as managing director of Pathe U.K. since 2000.

A key executive at Pathe for two decades, Ivernel has been involved as a producer or distributor in hits including “Chicken Run,” “The Queen” and “Slumdog Millionaire.”