CEO of Dargaud-Lombard
François PERNOT is French, he was born in Burgundy, and he is graduate of HEC Paris. He started his career in the garment industry in Lyon before staying for a few years in Madagascar. When he returned in Europe, in 1995, he joined Dargaud France as international and marketing manager before being promoted to become the CEO of Dargaud-Lombard in 1997.
Dargaud-Lombard is known for their comic characters such as Thorgal, Yakari, The Smurfs, Blake and Mortimer, XIII, Boule et Bill, … , amongst others and for their KANA Manga series in partnership with Shueisha, Shogakukan and Kadokawa for characters such as Naruto, Death Note, Shaman King, Yu Gi Oh, Conan, Keroro, …
Since 2009, he is also CEO of the Comics and Animation Division of the Media-Participations Group, european leader in comics through their publishing companies (Dargaud, Dupuis, Le Lombard, Urban and Kana) and european mainest producer and distributor of tv animation series with their studios (Ellipsanime, Storimages, Belvision, Dargaud Media, Cartooners) and their dedicated subsidiaries (Mediatoon and Citel).