The French press reported over the weekend that Vivendi chair Jean-Rene Fourtou had wanted to pick Bertelsmann chief executive Thomas Rabe.
Les Echos, a daily French newspaper, reported on Saturday that Bollore – the company’s main shareholder with a 4.95 per cent stake – had not been happy with Fourtou’s pick and instead threw his hat into the ring.
Bollore, 61, is a French industrialist and chief executive of the Bollore conglomerate. Previously he was chief executive of France’s second largest advertising group, Havas, after mounting a coup against the chief executive.
A nomination committee is expected to discuss the topic next week, before a meeting of the supervisory board at the end of the month, Les Echos added.
A Vivendi spokesman declined to comment on the reports.