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Ubisoft nominates new independent directors in fight against Vivendi

by Eric Frederiksen | July 7, 2016July 7, 2016 6:25 pm PDT

While we’re fighting against oppressive regimes in Far Cry and Templar forces in Assassin’s Creed, Ubisoft continues to fight their own battle against a totally-not-hostile-takeover from media conglomerate Vivendi. Now, the game developer and publisher is looking to bring on some new members in that fight.

The company’s board of directors has nominated two new independent directors, which would be approved this fall during the general shareholders’ meeting on September 29.

“We are delighted to continue the expansion of our Board of Directors with the appointment of Frederique [Dame] and Florence [Naviner] as independent directors. Their international careers are perfectly consistent with the profile of Ubisoft, which generates more than 90% of its revenues abroad,” said Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot in an official statement.

Bringing on new directors will make it more difficult for Vivendi to exert influence over the publisher as they continue to grow their stake, currently at 20 percent, in the company. Naviner is the CFO and Vice President of Wrigley, and Dame played a crucial role in growing Uber. As Game Informer notes, bringing on board members with extensive tech and financial experience is good for the company as they fight against the takeover, despite a lack of experience in the video game space in particular.

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Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...