Gilles PELISSON
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Gilles PELISSON
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Born in Lyon in 1957, Gilles Pelisson is a French business leader and entrepreneur, and a graduate of ESSEC and Harvard business schools.
A director of the TF1 group since 2009, Gilles Pelisson held various posts at the Accor hotels group between 1983 and 1994.
In 1995, Gilles Pelisson became Chief Executive Officer of EuroDisney, and was then appointed Chairman & CEO in 1997.
In 2000, he headed up the management team at the Suez-Telefonica consortium ST3G, and became non-executive Chairman at Noos, France’s leading cable network.
Gilles Pelisson joined Bouygues Telecom in September 2001 as Chief Executive Officer. He was appointed Chairman & CEO of Bouygues Telecom in February 2004. He also sat on the Board of Directors of satellite broadcaster TPS as shareholder representative on behalf of TF1.
In January 2006, he became Chief Executive Officer and a Board member of the Accor group before being appointed Chairman and CEO in February 2009, a position he held until January 2011.
Until his appointment to head up the TF1 Group on 19 February 2016, Gilles Pelisson held non-executive directorships in a number of listed multinationals: Bic (Paris), NH Hotels (Madrid) and Accenture (New York). He was a member of the Global Senior Advisory Board of Jefferies, the New York investment banking firm.
Gilles Pelisson currently serves as Chairman & CEO of the TF1 group and also holds a number of other positions, including non-executive director and Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Accenture (New York) and non-executive director of the Institut Paul Bocuse.
Gilles Pelisson is a Knight of the Légion d’honneur and of the French National Order of Merit.

 

Olivier ABECASSIS
CEO of UNIFY
Olivier ABECASSIS
Olivier ABECASSIS
CEO of UNIFY

Born in November 1973, Olivier Abecassis is a graduate of the French National Institute of Telecommunications. He began his career in 1996 when he was involved in the launch of the French satellite broadcaster TPS. At the end of 1998 he joined TF1, becoming Director of New Technologies in 2004.
From 2006, he piloted all of the TF1 Group’s digital developments, launching the MYTF1 catch-up video site, now the industry leader in terms of video views; he was appointed CEO of e-TF1, the Group’s digital subsidiary, in 2010. He oversaw the 2006 acquisition of an equity stake in Overblog, and led its 2010 merger with Teads; he remained as a director of Teads until it was sold to Altice in 2017.
In 2016, Olivier Abecassis was appointed Vice President, Innovation and Digital of the TF1 Group, tasked with the digitalisation of the Group and with rolling out its digital strategy.
He launched the Group’s start-up incubator, which aims to anticipate trends in media use and monetisation, and secured a partnership with the Station F campus.
In 2017, Olivier Abecassis oversaw the creation of an international alliance between ProSiebenSat.1 (Germany), Mediaset (Italy) and the TF1 Group, with the latter taking an equity stake in Studio71 (the world’s no.3 multi-channel network). This also led to the creation of the EBX pan-European airtime sales agency.
At the end of 2017, Olivier Abecassis was involved in the TF1 Group’s acquisition of aufeminin, itself built from a series of acquisitions including Marmiton, MyLittleParis and US company Livingly Media.
In 2019, he created Unify, the new home for all of the TF1 Group’s acquisitions in the digital sphere: aufeminin, Doctissimo, Gamned!, Ykone, Les Numériques, Beauté Test, Parole de Mamans, Magnetism, Vertical Station, Unify Digital Factory, and Studio71. He was appointed Chairman of Unify, which he is organising into two key businesses: advertising (media and B2B solutions), and social e-commerce.

 

Ara APRIKIAN
Executive Vice President, Content
Ara APRIKIAN
Executive Vice President, Content

Born in 1966, Ara Aprikian is a graduate of ENSAE (the French National School of Statistics and Business Administration) and of the Politics, Economics and Social Sciences faculty at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po”). 
He began his career in 1990 as a research officer at Horizon Média, a media buying agency. He moved to Médiamétrie in 1993, where he continued to work in research.
It was in 1995 that Ara Aprikian joined the TF1 Group in the Marketing department, initially as a research officer before being promoted in 1998 to Deputy Director of Marketing and Programme Planning. Three years later he took over responsibility for Gameshows and Reality TV, before becoming Director of Gameshows, Variety and Entertainment in 2003.
In 2005, he moved to the pay-TV group Canal+, where he headed up the Entertainment unit before launching the Group’s D8 and D17 freeview channels in October 2012. He then became Executive Vice President of the Canal+ group with responsibility for freeview operations (D8, D17 and itélé), and Chairman of D8 and D17.
In September 2015, he founded Massoco, an audiovisual strategy consultancy. In October 2015, the TF1 Group commissioned Ara Aprikian to carry out a consultancy assignment on the editorial positioning of the Group’s free-to-air channels.
In February 2016, Ara Aprikian was appointed Executive Vice President, Content. He is responsible for all television programmes, acquisitions, production and broadcasting. The objective: to encourage the creation of new content, and to promote the distribution of that content on the Group’s TV channels, and across the MYTF1 platform and all digital media.
In September 2019, Ara Aprikian took over responsibility for the newly-formed Music and Live Shows business unit; in addition, the subsidiary TF1 Films Production now reports directly to him.

 

 

Christine BELLIN
Executive Vice President Strategy and Customer Distribution, CEO of e-TF1, CEO of TF1 Distribution
Christine BELLIN
Christine BELLIN
Executive Vice President Strategy and Customer Distribution, CEO of e-TF1, CEO of TF1 Distribution

Born in 1978, Christine Bellin is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po”) and HEC business school.
She began her career in 2002 in a consulting firm specialising in organisation and change management.  
In 2004, she joined the Financing Department at Bouygues Telecom. In 2006, she was appointed Chief Financial Officer at Eurosport’s London subsidiary. 
Christine Bellin joined the TF1 Group in 2008 as Financial Communication and Investor Relations Director. She then took on additional responsibilities, for Financing and Treasury (in 2012) and Corporate Social Responsibility (in 2013).
In February 2016, she was appointed Vice President, Strategy, Development and Transformation for the Group. She is in charge of strategic thinking and planning, external growth opportunities, and overseeing delivery of the Group’s transformation plan. 
In May 2018, she extended her responsibilities to include the Innovation and Digital Division, whose teams handle B2C products (MYTF1, LCI.fr, TFOUMAX, MYTF1 VOD) and products aimed at agencies and advertisers (AdTech); data strategy; innovation (relations with start-ups, BusinessLab, tech watch); and technical developments in the digital sphere.
On December 2019, Christine Bellin also took on the role of CEO of TF1 Distribution, in charge of commercialising the TF1 Group’s channels and associated services to operators and other distribution platforms in France and globally. She is also responsible for supporting the development of partnerships with operators on key issues for the TF1 Group’s future, including new services and viewing habits, data, and segmented TV.

 

 

Arnaud BOSOM
Executive Vice President, Human Resources and CSR
Arnaud BOSOM
Arnaud BOSOM
Executive Vice President, Human Resources and CSR

Born in 1960, Arnaud Bosom holds a Masters in Information Systems and Telematics. He started his career in 1984 with the TV channel France 3, where he worked as an IT project manager in the administrative and financial department.
In 1987, he was appointed Head of IT Systems and Logistics at the arts channel La Sept.
In 1991, he was appointed Director of Programming at ARTE, the Franco-German arts channel based in Strasbourg. 
Arnaud Bosom joined TF1 in 1995 as Director of Production and Operations. Three years later, he was appointed the channel’s Technical Director. In September 2003, he was promoted to Director of Technology and Internal Resources. 
He was named Chairman of e-TF1 and Director of New Media in January 2007. In that role he was in charge of internet, mobile and interactivity developments. 
In January 2010, he was appointed Executive Vice President of the TF1 Group with responsibility for Strategy, Organisation and Marketing. 
In October 2012, he was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Organisation.
In February 2016, Arnaud Bosom was appointed Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He is in charge of talent development, employee relations and human resources policy, and oversees the Group’s actions in the field of corporate social responsibility.
In May 2018, he extended his responsibilities to include the Group’s Technical and IT divisions.

Maylis ÇARÇABAL
Vice President Communication and Brands
Maylis CARCABAL
Maylis ÇARÇABAL
Vice President Communication and Brands

Born in 1971 and a graduate of ESCP business school, Maylis Çarçabal began her career in 1995 in the Consulting department at Carat.
She then joined the Voyage TV channel, where she was part of the founding team in 1996 before taking on responsibilities in editorial and digital.
After a further spell at Carat between 2001 and 2003, Maylis Çarçabal moved to the TMC channel – which at the time belonged to the Pathé group – as Head of Communication and Marketing, playing a role in the channel’s relaunch on free-to-air digital terrestrial TV. After the TF1 Group took a majority stake in TMC, she remained in that role until 2009, when she joined the TF1 Communication department, as Assistant Head of Programme Promotion.
Her role was subsequently extended to take in communication for the Group’s DTT channels, Innovation & Digital, and News. She was appointed Vice President Communication and Brands on 12 March 2018.

 

Jean-Michel COUNILLON
General Counsel
Jean-Michel COUNILLON
Jean-Michel COUNILLON
General Counsel

Born in 1955, Jean-Michel Counillon holds a Masters (DESS) in business law, a higher degree (DJCE) in corporate law, and a doctorate from the CPA business school run by the Paris Chamber of Commerce and affiliated to HEC Business School.
Jean-Michel Counillon began his career at Ateliers et Chantiers de Marseille Provence in 1981.
From 1983 to 1987, Jean-Michel Counillon was head of Legal Affairs at Radio Monte-Carlo.
In August 1987, Jean-Michel Counillon was appointed Director of Legal Affairs for the TF1 Group; in September 1989 he became General Counsel of the TF1 Group, while continuing his existing role in charge of Legal Affairs.

Philippe DENERY
Executive Vice President, Finance and Procurement
Philippe DENERY
Executive Vice President, Finance and Procurement

Born in 1957, Philippe Denery is a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies (“Sciences Po”) and ESSEC business school. He also holds a Masters in private international law, and an MBA from UCLA.
Philippe Denery begin his career at the French Development Agency, working in management control and audit.
In 1988, he became Chief Financial Officer of the airline Air Afrique.
He joined the Bouygues group in 1990 as head of financial engineering in the construction branch.
In January 1999 he was appointed Corporate Secretary of Saur International, and in 2002 returned to Bouygues Construction as Director of Mergers and Acquisitions.
He then served as Director of Management Control and Planning at Bouygues Telecom until July 2007, when he joined the TF1 Group to take up the post of Executive Vice President, Group Finance.
In February 2016, Philippe Denery was appointed Executive Vice President, Finance and Procurement. He is responsible for all financial management and accounting activities, audit and internal control, treasury, financial communication, and the procurement function.

François PELLISSIER
MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN CHARGE OF SPORTS AND TF1 ENTERTAINMENT - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF TF1 PUB
François PELLISSIER
François PELLISSIER
MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN CHARGE OF SPORTS AND TF1 ENTERTAINMENT - EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF TF1 PUB

Born in 1971, François Pellissier joined the TF1 Group in 1995 as part of the team in the TF1 Publicité marketing department. He then moved to the internet sales department, becoming its Director in 2001.
In 2005 François Pellissier was appointed Associate Director for sponsorship and diversification, and in 2006 he took up the post of Associate Director of WAT.
In 2007, François Pellissier joined TF1 Production as Vice President.
In 2010, he became Vice President of TF1 Production with responsibility for sport, shorts and trailers, and in September 2014 he took charge of Sports Rights Acquisitions.
In September 2016, François Pellissier was appointed Managing Director of TF1 Production.
In 2019, he was appointed Managing Director of TF1 PUB and Sport at the TF1 Group. He has also been Chairman of TF1 Entertainment since 1 September 2019.

 

 

 

 

Thierry THUILLIER
Executive Vice President of News
Thierry THUILLIER
Executive Vice President of News

Born in 1963 and a graduate of the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Thierry Thuillier joined TF1’s Foreign Policy Department in 1990, later moving to the Interior Policy Department.
Thierry Thuillier joined France 2 News in 1994, where he was successively in charge of the International Department and the Investigation and Reporting Department, then served as Editor-in-Chief of the nightly 8 o’clock newscast.
Thierry Thuillier then became head of editorial at I>Télé, holding that position from 2008 to 2010 before returning to France Télévisions as News Director, later becoming CEO of France 2. He was the force behind the merger of the editorial staff on France’s public-sector channels, pioneering a fresh approach to news programming.
Thierry Thuillier joined the TF1 Group in August 2016 and was appointed CEO of La Chaîne Info (LCI). Working alongside Catherine Nayl, he initiated LCI’s makeover, improving its programming schedule and digital offer and restructuring the editorial staff.
In 2017, LCI became France’s second most-watched news channel.
Thierry Thuillier was appointed Executive Vice President of News for the TF1 Group in September 2017.