MBC Group announced the appointment of Marc Antoine d’Halluin as its new CEO on Monday.
MBC Group Chairman, Waleed Al-Ibrahim, announced the appointment following the resignation of Sam Barnett, who announced his departure in October 2019, after 17 years at the company.
D’Halluin is scheduled to join MBC Group on January 5, 2020.
Al-Ibrahim welcomed Marc Antoine d’Halluin to the Group, commending his wealth of experience and track-record of corporate growth and value creation in the broadcast industry, which includes Pay TV, production and satellite TV in Europe and the Middle East. The Chairman wished d’Halluin tremendous success in his new role, focusing on moving the Group forward in-line with the five-year growth plan for the organisation that was announced in Q4 2018.
On his part, Marc Antoine d’Halluin has thanked the Chairman and MBC Group’s Board of Directors for their nomination and appointment, stressing the pivotal role played by his predecessor Sam Barnett in growing the company. D’Halluin also stressed the importance of working closely with all of the Group’s executives, managers and employees in pursuit of set targets.
Beginning his career at Sony Pictures Entertainment (1995-1997), Marc Antoine d’Halluin is a prominent media executive with an international career in television broadcasting and production. Prior to joining MBC Group, he was the Chairman of the Luxembourg-based M7 Group (2016-2019), which operates satellite Pay TV bouquets in Holland, Belgium, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. M7 Group was recently sold to Vivendi’s Canal+ Group.
Before that, d’Halluin was CEO of the international TV production firm, Zodiak Media Group (2013-2016); partner and co-founder of Rubis Media Partners (2011-2013); President and CEO of Showtime Arabia and Orbit Showtime Network (OSN), headquartered in Dubai Media City (2006-2010); CEO of C More Entertainment - Canal+ Nordic (2003-2005); and also previously, Group Managing Director of FOX Kids Europe – Channel Division (1997-2003).
D’Halluin is also involved in premium content productions in Europe.
Marc Antoine d’Halluin holds a bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po in Paris and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School in the US.