BusinessWeek magazine: The most-read source of global business news
SEARCH SITE

Advanced Search
Page Not Found :(

Page Could Not Be Found

Sorry, but the page you were trying to view could not be found. Please check the link and try again.

Other things to try:

Top News BW Magazine Investing Asia Europe Technology Autos Innovation Small Business B-Schools Careers BusinessWeek Channels : BW Magazine, Daily Briefing, Investing, Asia, Europe, Technology, Autos, Innovation, Small Business, B-Schools and Careers
MAY 15, 2000
COVER STORY -- E.BIZ -- THE E.BIZ 25

By: Carol Matlack


Jean-Marie Messier


  RELATED ITEMS

[empire builders]
Tim Koogle
Yahoo!

Jeff Bezos
Amazon.com

Meg Whitman
eBay

Steve Case
America Online

[architects]
Robert Knowling
Covad Communications

Ed Zander
Sun Microsystems

Sanjiv Sidhu
i2 Technologies

Jean-Marie Messier
Vivendi

John Chambers
Cisco

Larry Ellison
Oracle

Keiichi Enoki
DoCoMo

Mark Hoffman
Commerce One

[bankrollers]
Masayoshi Son
Softbank

Jim Breyer
Accel Partners

Vinod Khosla
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Richard Li
Pacific Century CyberWorks

Walter Buckley III
Internet Capital Group

[innovators]
Shawn Fanning
Napster

Mark Walsh
VerticalNet

[visionaries]
Mary Modahl
Forrester Research

Marc Rotenberg
Electronic Privacy Information Center

Larry Lessig
Harvard Law School

Mohanbir Sawhney
Northwestern University

[pacesetters]
Harold Kutner
GM

Jeffrey Skilling
Enron

Plus
Up-and-Comers

Andrew Beebe
BigStep.com

Ken Kutaragi
Sony

Karl Jacob
Keen.com

Roger Siboni
E.piphany

Jeanne Jackson
Wal-Mart.com

Stratton Sclavos,
VeriSign

Mika Salmi,
AtomFilms

Greg Peters,
Vignette

Darien Dash,
DME Interactive

Phillip Merrick,
webMethods



Vivendi
----------
Position: CEO

Contribution: Turned stodgy, debt-ridden French utility group into Net-focused media and telecom powerhouse.

Challenge: Deliver attention-grabbing content for mobile and TV Web devices now being introduced in Europe--a tough job in a multicultural and multilingual environment.

When French utility and communications group Vivendi (VVDIY) moved last year to a prestigious address near the Arc de Triomphe, Chief Executive Jean-Marie Messier turned the building's lobby into a cybercafe. Now, an average of 5,000 people a week drop by to sip coffee and tap away at 70 computers. ''Our headquarters is a mirror of our ambition,'' Messier says.

In Europe's sprint from the Old to New Economy, no one is running faster than the 43-year-old Messier. His goal: to transform a former water company into the Continent's version of America Online-Time Warner (AOL). Messier owns a treasure trove of potential cyber-content in Vivendi subsidiaries Canal+, European's largest pay-TV operator, and Havas, a leading software publisher. In January, Messier teamed up with mobile-telephone giant Vodafone AirTouch PLC (VOD) to provide Web access by cell phone.

Messier himself straddles France's ancien and nouveau regimes. After taking over Vivendi four years ago, he shed unprofitable holdings and refocused on communications and utilities. No one ever thought this hard-charging CEO would be satisfied just running a cybercafe.




 BW MALL   SPONSORED LINKS
    Buy a link now!

    Get BusinessWeek directly on your desktop with our RSS feeds.XML

    Add BusinessWeek news to your Web site with our headline feed.

    Click to buy an e-print or reprint of a BusinessWeek or BusinessWeek Online story or video.

    To subscribe online to BusinessWeek magazine, please click here.

    Learn more, go to the BusinessWeekOnline home page
    Back to Top
      MARKET INFO
    DJIA 0 0.00
    S&P 500 0 0.00
    Nasdaq 0 0.00

    Portfolio Service Update

    Stock Lookup

    Enter name or ticker

    Media Kit | Special Sections | MarketPlace | Knowledge Centers
    Bloomberg L.P.