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  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.

 

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.

 

 

Maylis ÇARÇABAL
Executive Vice President Communication and Brands
Maylis ÇARÇABAL
Executive 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.

 

Didier CASAS
General Counsel
Didier CASAS
General Counsel

Born in 1970, Didier Casas graduated from Grenoble Institute of Political Science in 1992, and was awarded a Masters of Advanced Studies in law by the University of Grenoble in 1993.
He served as parliamentary assistant to the Member of Parliament and Mayor of Grenoble between 1994 and 1995, before studying at the prestigious École Nationale d’Administration (ENA) from 1996 to 1998. After graduating from ENA he was appointed as a senior legal officer at the Conseil d’État in 1998, where he was later promoted to the role of Master of Requests. He resigned from public office in January 2020.
Didier Casas served as government representative on the Disputes Assembly, and on other decision-making bodies of the Conseil d’État (2004-2007).
A lecturer at the elite Sciences Po school (1998-2000 and 2009-2011) and at ENA (2001-2004), he was also an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Poitiers from 2005 to 2008.
He joined Bouygues Telecom on 1 March 2011 as General Counsel, and was appointed Group spokesperson in 2013. He became Chairman of the Bouygues Telecom Foundation in June 2016, and Head of Administrative Affairs in September 2016.
Didier Casas has twice served as Chairman of the French Telecoms Federation (May 2015-June 2016, and March 2018-May 2019).
From February to May 2017, he was part of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team, before returning to his position at Bouygues Telecom.
He joined the TF1 group as General Counsel since 2 November 2020.

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.

Thomas JACQUES
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Thomas JACQUES
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

A 48-year-old father of two, Thomas Jacques graduated from the Ecole Centrale de Paris and began his career as a management consultant initially with Arthur Andersen and then BCG, before joining the TF1 group in 2003.

From 2003 to 2011 he held a succession of posts: Project Manager in the Finance department, Head of Innovation, Head of Operations at e-TF1, and finally Head of Strategy.

In 2012, Thomas joined Google’s ad tech business, where he ran Google AdExchange in Europe until he returned to the TF1 group in 2018 as Head of Technologies. He is currently responsible for systems engineering and operations in broadcast and IT, and also for the Group’s data and innovation activities.

Valérie LANGUILLE
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT HUMAN RELATIONS & CSR
Valérie LANGUILLE
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT HUMAN RELATIONS & CSR

A graduate of ESSEC business school and holder of a Masters Degree in Sociology, Valérie Languille began her career with Sociovision and Gemini Consulting (Capgemini group), working as a consultant on human resources and change management projects within a number of major companies.

In 2002, she joined a Caisse d’Epargne group subsidiary as head of Human Resources, before moving to the group HR function in 2006. There she served in various roles, including Head of Recruitment and Talent Development and subsequently Vice-President for Executive and Management Development at the BPCE group.

Valérie joined the Canal+ group in 2011 as head of Human Resources at Studiocanal, before taking charge in 2016 of Human Resources at the pay-TV and free-to-air broadcasting division. From February 2017 to February 2022, she served as Head of Human Resources at the Canal+ group.

In the same year, Valérie obtained a Company Directorship Certificate from EM Lyon business school.

As well as her professional work, Valérie is also heavily involved in promoting female leadership. She has previously co-founded a number of initiatives including Financi'elles and Essec Women Alumni, and sits on the Board of Directors of the “Tous Tes Possibles” non-profit organisation.

 

 

François PELLISSIER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS AND SPORTS
François PELLISSIER
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT BUSINESS AND SPORTS

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.