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New chief executive for Canal+-backed pay firm

Polish pay TV operator nc+ has named Manuel Rougeron as its new president, replacing Julien Verley, who is joining the board of Canal+ as part of the ongoing series of changes instigated at the French pay TV outfit by Vivendi chairman Vincent Bolloré (pictured).

Vincent BolloreRougeron, who was previously vice-president of programming at the operator and has served on the board since December 2013.

He has previously worked in a number of senior broadcasting roles, including as chief operating officer of VSTV, where he was responsible for the launch of the Canal+ platform in Vietnam and as managing director of Canal+ South Pacific.

The board of nc+, a partnership between Canal+ Group and Poland’s ITI Group/TVN, will now comprise Rougeron, finance and logistics VP Nicolas Dandoy, marketing VP Jacek Balicki, technology and IT VP Jaroslaw Kordalewski and sales VP Artur Przybysz.

Verley will be part of a four-man management board at Canal+ that will also include Grégoire Castaing, the operator’s CEO Maxine Saada and chairman Jean-Christophe Thiery.

The news comes after Vivendi last week acquired three production companies, including Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop Media. It is also fishing for a stake in the merged Banijay Group and Zodiak Media firm.