Vivendi Universal subsidiary, Canal Plus Group has appointed Isabelle Parize as chief operating officer of Canal Plus Distribution and Jean-Francois Jezequel as senior vice president, technology.

Parize, who has held a variety of marketing positions within Procter & Gamble and Schwarzkopf Henkel, will be responsible for Canal Plus' distribution businesses in France: Canal Plus Distribution, NC Numericable and CanalSatellite. Also co-ordinating international marketing operations, she reports to Francois Carayol, Canal Plus Group executive vice president, distribution.

Jezequel, who previously worked at Thomson and since 1993 has held a number of positions within Canal Plus, including responsibility for the Mediaguard and Mediahighway software systems, will define technology choices for the group's digital TV platforms in Europe.