Tomaszewski named new AFP managing director

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Remi Tomaszewski, currently secretary general of French public television channel Public Senat, has been appointed managing director of AFP to replace Jean-Pierre Vignolle, the company said Thursday.

Vignolle, 65, who is to leave in mid-January after 11 years with the agency, made a "great contribution to restoring the finances of AFP, which is one of the conditions of our strategic independence," it said in a statement.

Before his appointment in 2006 as managing director, Vignolle was commercial marketing and development director for AFP, a position he took up in September 1999.

Through his "very strong personal involvement", he "built a worldwide commercial network which proves its effectiveness, day after day, in a difficult economic environment", the statement said.

Tomaszewski, 53, has since 2000 been "closely involved" in developing the channel Public Senat and "overseeing the strategy and means required for its influence and independence", said the statement.

"I have chosen him because of his reputation as a manager in the fields of news, political journalism and new media", AFP CEO Emmanuel Hoog said in the statement.

His team "will be reinforced in order to help the agency carry on implementing its worldwide development strategy", added the CEO.

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