He will replace outgoing president Margaret Menegoz whose departure was previously announced.
A producer, de Clermont-Tonnerre worked as an adviser Prime Minister Raymond Barre before taking over the role of president of the Societe Francaise de Production (SFP) in 1979.
In 1984, he created Revcom, a company that worked in both TV and film and which acquired Les Films Ariane in 1986.
He went on to create MACT Productions in 1992 which has produced over 40 films since its inception including Goran Paskaljevic's The Powder Keg, Raoul Ruiz' The Comedy Of Innocence and Walter Salles' Central Station which the company co-produced.
Among De Clermont-Tonnerre's producing credits are Gerard Oury's French Vanilla; Eran Riklis' Lemon Tree and The Syrian Bride; Jamie Thraves' upcoming Cry Of The Owl; and the family film King Guillaume which is released next week in France.
He was also a co-producer on Giuseppe Tornatore's Cinema Paradiso.