Pathe has announced the appointment of Olivier Cottet-Puinel to the post of senior vice president business affairs for its production and distribution divisions.

He previously worked at Luc Besson and Pierre-Ange Le Pogam’s EuropaCorp, where he was general counsel and business affairs director.

Prior to the EuropaCorp, Cottet-Puinel was at France’s equivalent to the Writers’ Guild, the SACD. Joining in 1997, he joined as head of contract negotiations before becoming film project manager and later being promoted to deputy media director in charge of films.

He will join Pathe beginning on October 19.