October 19, 2018 / 8:18 AM / a month ago

Vivendi CEO denies company wants to call Telecom Italia shareholder meeting on board

FILE PHOTO: Vivendi's Chief Executive Officer Arnaud de Puyfontaine gestures during 2018 Reuters Breakingviews Predictions event in Milan, Italy, January 31, 2018. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

ROME (Reuters) - A report Vivendi (VIV.PA) is thinking of calling a shareholder meeting at Telecom Italia (TLIT.MI) to appoint four more board members are off the mark, the French media group’s CEO said.

“What I read is not a reality of the moment,” Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on Friday on the sidelines of a conference.

Vivendi is Telecom Italia’s leading shareholder.

Last May activist fund Elliott wrestled board control from the media giant after a two-month campaign to shake up the way the French group had been running the former telecoms monopoly.

Reporting by Massimiliano Di Giorgio, writing by Stephen Jewkes

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