Nicolas de Tavernost announced this Tuesday, February 13 that he would leave his position as chairman of the board of M6 in April, which he helped to found, in an interview with Figaroa departure confirmed by the group.
“My departure was postponed several times, notably linked to exceptional circumstances: the merger project with TF1 which lasted two years and which ultimately did not come to fruition and the call for applications for frequency 6 for which we had to to fight”, recalls Nicolas de Tavernost In Le Figaro. “With this now behind us, and after having clarified our strategy on streaming, I felt that the current conditions made it possible, given the good performance of the group, to move on to the succession stage,” adds the one who will have spent 34 years at the head of the group.
“It is preferable to entrust the presidency of the group to a new generation who will have to carry out its transformation”, indicates in a press release the M6 group which publishes its results on Tuesday and plans to appoint David Larramendy, currently at the head of M6 Publicité, to succeed him.
“Leadership” and “strategic vision”
“Thanks to his leadership, business acumen and strategic vision, he has grown the company from a small television channel to one of the most profitable and diversified audiovisual groups in Europe,” praised the supervisory board of the group, in a press release.
Nicolas de Tavernost began his career in the media by becoming deputy director of Métropole Télévision (M6) in 1987, after leading the project to create the channel within Lyonnaise des Eaux. Replacing Jean Drucker as chairman of the board of M6 in 2000, he tirelessly defended the interests of a channel that was initially predominantly musical, then became generalist, then a media group.