Banijay today announces Sophie Kurinckx has been appointed Group Chief Financial Officer for the newly scaled-up business, overseeing all financial activity across the 22-territory combined footprint and its portfolio of 120+ production entities.
Kurinckx joined Banijay back in 2010 as Head of Group Financial Control before taking up her current role in 2012. Since joining, she has led on the financial strategy and operations, and supported on all M&A activity. Integral to the successful completion of the organisation’s recent refinancing drive, and the subsequent acquisition of Endemol Shine Group, she will now be charged with aiding the integration of the department across the business’ 22-territory-strong global footprint.
Prior to Banijay, Kurinckx was at JCDecaux as Deputy Head of Group consolidation and Group IFRS specialist, having started her in career in 2000 as an auditor for KPMG. In her current role as Group CFO, Kurinckx will continue to report to Banijay’s Chief Executive Officer, Marco Bassetti.
The appointment of Kurinckx ties in to Banijay’s efforts to merge the two businesses following the recent acquisition and subsequently triggers the departure of Ivan Nash Vila as Chief Financial Officer of Endemol Shine Group.
Marco Bassetti comments: “Sophie is a much-admired member of the Banijay exec team. With us for over a decade, she has been at the forefront of our business’ growth and was a key driver in our refinancing efforts pre the recent acquisition. A firm leader, a financial connoisseur and a strategic visionary, she is well-equipped to prepare us for the future, while continuing to drive growth and innovation. I’d also like to thank Ivan for his partnership through the acquisition process and his expert management during the challenging times of Covid.”
Sophie Kurinckx comments: “In the past ten years, Banijay has been on quite the journey, rapidly expanding its footprint, building a globally admirable catalogue and making a home for the best talent in the world. I am incredibly honoured to be part of this story and look forward to welcoming new faces and expertise to the team worldwide as we integrate the two businesses.”