The Kinowelt Group's CEO Bertil le Claire has announced his plans to leave the company at the end of May.

His duties will be overseen by Romain Bessi, Directeur General of the group's new owner StudioCanal, until a successor has been appointed.

Le Claire joined Kinowelt in 1998 as the managing director for the world sales arm Kinowelt International and then took over the management of the whole group in 2003. Over the past five years, he served as the managing director for many of the subsidiary companies, including Kinowelt Filmverleih, Kinowelt Home Entertainment, Arthaus Musik, RM Arts and Filmverlag der Autoren.