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Belmer leaves Eutelsat to join Atos

Paris, 21 October 2021. – The CEO of Eutelsat, Rodolphe Belmer, will leave the satellite operator at the end of this year and become CEO of the IT firm Atos, the company said yesterday.

Belmer will replace 43-year old Elie Girard who suffered a row of setbacks this year that sent the company’s share price down by more than 40% and excluded Atos from the top stock exchange index CAC40.

Eutelsat has not yet announced a successor.

The French telecommunications and media tycoon Patrick Drahi had recently made an offer to take over Eutelsat for 2.4 billion Euros; Eutelsat rejected that offer. It is now speculated, however, that Drahi might prepare a new, revised offer.

Belmer, 52, joined Eutelsat in 2015. He previously led the French pay-TV group Canal Plus, owned by the French media conglomerate Vivendi.

One of Belmer´s predecessors at the helm of Atos is the European Commissioner for Internal Markets, Thierry Breton.

 

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