Arnaud de Puyfontaine Appointed Managing Director, Western Europe, Hearst Magazines International
CEO of Hearst Magazines UK and Executive Vice President of Hearst Magazines International Adds New Responsibilities
NEW YORK and LONDON - Hearst Magazines International announced today that Arnaud de Puyfontaine, 49, CEO of Hearst Magazines UK since 2009 and executive vice president of Hearst Magazines International since 2011, will add managing director, Western Europe to his responsibilities, overseeing the activities of Hearst Magazines in Spain, Italy, Holland, Germany and France. The announcement was made by Duncan Edwards, president and CEO, Hearst Magazines International, to whom de Puyfontaine will continue to report. de Puyfontaine will assume his new responsibilities on September 1 and will remain based in London.
Hearst Magazines International is building a robust presence in Western Europe, launching Harper’s BAZAAR in Germany in September and in France in 2014, adding to its portfolio of 51 titles in the region, as well as 20 titles in the U.K.
Commenting on the appointment, Edwards said, “Arnaud has done a great job in the U.K. during a time of transition, successfully growing the core business, integrating the brands acquired in 2011 from Hachette and accelerating our digital activities. He has a strong management team in London and I am pleased that he will share his expertise with the leaders of our companies and our partners in Western Europe.”
“This is an exciting opportunity to build synergies across the European market, which I know well,” de Puyfontaine said. “I’m looking forward to working closely with the excellent country management already in place to build on our brands’ leadership in print and digital content.”
Before joining Hearst, de Puyfontaine served as president and CEO of Mondadori France overseeing a portfolio of 30 titles and group digital operations. Prior to that, he was chairman and CEO of the Emap France Group.
Earlier in his career, de Puyfontaine served in various positions at Le Figaro, was a project manager at Rhône-Poulenc Pharma in Indonesia and a consultant at Arthur Andersen. He is a graduate of the ESCP, the Institut Multimédias and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School.
About Hearst Magazines International
As the largest U.S. publisher of magazines worldwide, Hearst Magazines International, a unit of Hearst Corporation, encompasses 290 magazines and 147 websites in 34 languages and 81 countries. Major titles include powerful brand equities like Cosmopolitan and ELLE, both international super-brands with more editions than any other women’s magazines in the world; ELLE DECOR, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s BAZAAR, Popular Mechanics and Seventeen. In addition, Hearst Magazines International publishes other titles through joint ventures, including Men’s Health and Runner’s World in the U.K. and The Robb Report in Russia and China. Hearst Magazines has wholly-owned subsidiaries in China, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Taiwan and the U.K. Hearst Magazines publishes 20 titles in the U.S.
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