UPDATE: Dominique Delport who is currently the global managing director at Havas Group is departing the company to join Vice Media as that company’s new head of International operations. Havas confirms that Mr. Delport will be leaving the company next month. He is expected to officially join Vice Media at the end of April.
Vice Media is looking more and more like the “old media” companies it has worked to not be like since its founding. Sure Vice’s growth is financed by old media money but the company has been on the cutting edge, doing things and going places old media companies won’t. But as time goes by and Vice’s influence, reach and size expands, investors have been hungry for more traditional leadership especially following the recent scandals the company found itself in. One of the first moves Vice made to calm the waters was to install seasoned cable exec Nancy Dubuc as Vice Media’s new CEO replacing founder Shane Smith who kicked himself upstairs to to serve as executive chairman a move applauded by industry insiders. Now Vice is adding another seasoned executive from the old media school to its senior leadership team this time for its international operations. Dominique Delport, the president of Vivendi Content and the global managing director of ad giant Havas, is said to be in negotiations to join Vice as its head of international operations according to Variety. If a deal is reached, Mr. Delport will work out of Vice’s London offices and spearhead international operations reporting to Nancy Dubuc.
The creation of a new post overseeing all of Vice’s overseas operations underscores the company’s ambition to bolster its international business and brand around the world. Delport’s appointment to the role would also be part of a new chapter for Vice as it struggles to emerge from a tumultuous period, with Dubuc leading the charge. The company is in the process of revamping its corporate culture after Vice executives on both sides of the Atlantic were hit with sexual harassment allegations. The company says it is introducing harassment training for all staff, and has conducted an anonymous survey of employees in London to uncover any ongoing concerns.
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