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Pathe Hires EuropaCorp’s Longtime Sales Chief Marie-Laure Montironi

Longtime EuropaCorp executive Marie-Laure Montironi has left Luc Besson’s company to join Pathe Films as executive vice president of international sales.

Starting June 27, Montironi will succeed Muriel Sauzay, who left Pathe at the beginning of the year. Montironi worked at EuropaCorp for 10 years, first as co-head of international sales and then as chief sales officer.

She previously worked at deputy head of TV and films sales at M6 and as acquisition manager at Télé Images International.

While at EuropaCorp, Montironi sold worldwide action-packed franchises such as “Taken” and “Transporter,” science-fiction films such as “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and French movies such as “CoExister” and “Little White Lies.”

Montironi is the latest in a string of executives who have exited EuropaCorp within the last year. The company’s former CEO Marc Shmuger, deputy CEO Edouard de Vesinne and chief of U.S. film production Lisa Ellzey are also no longer on the payroll.

Pathe’s current sales slate includes the Renee Zellweger-starrer “Judy” (pictured), the submarine action thriller “The Wolf’s Call,” and the French comedy “The Brand New Adventures of Aladin.”

Montironi will be replaced by Kevin Deysson, who has been at EuropaCorp for several years and worked alongside Montironi in the sales division.

EuropaCorp is actively looking to raise capital to repay its debt, which is valued at more than €230 million ($270 million).

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