Board Of Directors

Executive Directors

Anke Schäferkordt

Co-Chief Executive Officer RTL Group
CEO Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland

Anke Schäferkordt, born in 1962, holds a degree in business administration. She started her career at Bertelsmann in 1988. In 1991, she moved to RTL Plus (now RTL Television) in Cologne, and took over the Controlling department the following year. From 1993 to 1995 she was a Director in charge of the Corporate Planning and Controlling division at RTL Television.

In 1995, she joined the TV broadcaster Vox, serving as CFO and, from 1997 onwards, also as Programme Director. Then, from 1999 until 2005, she was CEO of Vox. In February 2005, Anke Schäferkordt was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of RTL Television, and since September 2005, its CEO. In November 2007, the German RTL family of channels adopted the corporate brand name Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. In her capacity as CEO of RTL Television, Anke Schäferkordt is also CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Since April 2012, Anke Schäferkordt has been Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity, she retains her role as CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. She also sits on the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Management SE, RTL Group’s majority shareholder.

Anke Schäferkordt was appointed Member of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6 as of 28 April 2015.

Guillaume de Posch

Co-Chief Executive Officer RTL Group

Guillaume de Posch, born in 1958, started his career at the international energy and services company Tractebel (1985 to 1990) and then joined the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company (1990 to 1993).

Guillaume de Posch began his career in the media industry at the Luxembourg-based Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), as assistant to the Managing Director (1993 to 1994) and then became Head of CLT’s TV operations in French-speaking countries (1995 to 1997). From 1997 to 2003, he was Deputy General Manager and Programming Director of the French pay-TV company TPS, before joining the publicly listed ProSiebenSat1 Media AG in August 2003, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO (2004 to 2008).

Guillaume de Posch was appointed Chief Operating Officer and new member of the RTL Group Executive Committee on 1 January 2012.

With effect from 18 April 2012, Guillaume de Posch assumed the role of Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity, he is responsible for the Group’s broadcasting operations outside Germany, and the Group’s content production business, FremantleMedia.

Since 28 April 2015, Guillaume de Posch has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6.

Elmar Heggen

Chief Financial Officer, RTL Group
Head of the Corporate Centre

Elmar Heggen, born in 1968, holds a diploma in business administration from the European Business School and graduated with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in finance.

In 1992, he started his career at the Felix Schoeller Group, becoming Vice President & General Manager of Felix Schoeller Digital Imaging in the UK in 1999. Elmar Heggen first joined the RTL Group Corporate Centre in 2000 as Vice President Merger & Acquisitions. In January 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Controlling & Investments. From July 2003 until December 2005 he was Executive Vice President Strategy & Controlling.

Since January 2006, Elmar Heggen has served on the RTL Group Executive Management team, and since 1 October 2006 he has been CFO and Head of the Corporate Centre of RTL Group.

Non-Executive Directors

Thomas Rabe

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Thomas Rabe, born in 1965, holds a diploma and a doctorate in Economics from the University of Cologne (Germany). He started his career in 1989 at the European Commission in Brussels. From 1990 to 1996 he held various senior positions at Forrester Norall & Sutton (now White & Case) in Brussels as well as the state privatisation agency Treuhandanstalt and a venture capital fund in Berlin. In 1996, he joined Cedel International (Clearstream, following the merger with Deutsche Börse Clearing) where he was appointed Chief Financial Officer and member of the Management Board in 1998.

In 2000, Thomas Rabe became Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Committee of RTL Group. In March 2003 he was also appointed Head of Corporate Centre with responsibilty for the Luxembourgish activities of RTL Group. He was Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Centre of Bertelsmann AG from January 2006 until 31 December 2011. Since 1 January 2012 Thomas Rabe has been Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG, now Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA.

Martin Taylor *

Vice Chairman of the Board of RTL Group
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of RTL Group

Martin Taylor (born in 1952) began his career as a financial journalist with Reuters and the Financial Times. He then joined Courtaulds PLC, becoming a director in 1987, then Chief Executive of Courtaulds Textiles PLC on its demerger in 1990. He moved to Barclays PLC in 1993 as Chief Executive, a post he held until the end of 1998. From 1999 to 2003 he was Chairman of WH Smith PLC, and from 1999 to 2005, International Advisor to Goldman Sachs. From 2005 until 2013, he was Chairman of the Board of Syngenta AG.

He has done various pieces of work for the British Government and served for five years as a member of its Council for Science and Technology. In April 2013, he was appointed an external member of the Financial Policy Committee of The Bank of England. Appointed as independent non-executive Director in July 2000 (when RTL Group was created), he took over the responsibilities of Vice-Chairman of the Board in December 2004.

Thomas Götz

General Counsel Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA

In April 2015, Thomas Götz was appointed as Non-Executive Director to RTL Group’s Board of Directors for a term of office of three years, to expire at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2017 accounts. Thomas Götz, born in 1971, has been General Counsel at Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA since January 2014.

From 2009 to 2013, he was Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Bertelsmann. Prior to this he worked for two years as Senior Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions. Thomas Götz graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a doctorate in law in 1999. A year earlier, during his studies, he joined Bertelsmann’s Corporate Legal department as an in-house lawyer.

Rolf Hellermann

Executive Vice President (EVP) Corporate Controlling & Strategy at Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Arvato

In August 2015, Rolf Hellermann was co-opted as a Non-Executive Director to RTL Group’s Board of Directors to replace Achim Berg who resigned with effect on 12 July 2015. The next ordinary general shareholder’s meeting will vote on his appointment.

Rolf Hellermann has been EVP Corporate Controlling & Strategy at Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA since 2012. In this role, he is a permanent guest on Bertelsmann’s Executive Board and Group Management Committee and on the Board of Penguin Random House. In addition to this function he became CFO of Arvato in July 2015.

After studying business administration in Vallendar, Los Angeles and Nancy, Rolf Hellermann completed his studies with a doctorate from the WHU – Otto Beisheim School of Management. In 2004, he joined Bertelsmann’s Corporate Controlling and Strategy department and in 2008 he was appointed Vice President in charge of corporate controlling and investment controlling for the divisions Random House, Arvato and Direct Group. During his Bertelsmann career, Rolf Hellermann has also completed postings at RTL Group in Luxembourg and Gruner + Jahr in Hamburg.

Bernd Kundrun


Bernd Kundrun, born in 1957, studied business administration at the universities of Münster and Innsbruck. In 1984, he started his career as Executive Assistant at the Bertelsmann Club. In 1993, he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Management of the Bertelsmann Club.

In 1994, Bernd Kundrun became Managing Director of Premiere Medien in Hamburg. He was appointed a member of the Executive Board of Gruner + Jahr in August 1997 and was responsible for the newspaper division until 31 October 2000.

From November 2000 to 6 January 2009, Bernd Kundrun was Chairman of Gruner + Jahr’s Executive Board and the company’s CEO: During this time, he was also a member of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann. Since February 2009, Bernd Kundrun has been partner of the online donation platform and since 2010 he has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of

At the end of 2009, Bernd Kundrun found the Start 2 Ventures Beteiligungsgesellschaft which provides online startups with initial capital. Furthermore he is member of the Board of Directors of Neue Zürcher Zeitung and of the Supervisory Board of CTS Eventim.

Jacques Santer *

Chairman of the Board of CLT-UFA
Former Prime Minister of the Luxembourg Government
Former President of the European Commission

Before Jacques Santer, born in 1937, became Chairman of the Board of CLT-UFA in May 2004, his distinguished career covered a variety of political roles including Member of the European Parliament (1974 to 1979 and 1999 to 2004), Prime Minister of Luxembourg (1984 to 1995) and President of the European Commission (1995 to 1999).

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz

Business founder and investor

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, born in 1948 in Martinsreuth, Germany, is an examined lawyer and studied political science and psychology. Rolf Schmidt-Holtz has been an independent business founder and investor since April 2011. He was CEO of Sony Music Entertainment from February 2006 (until October 2008 Sony BMG Music Entertainment) to March 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served the company as Chairman of the Board from August 2004.

From January 2001 to August 2004, he was Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG). At the same time, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was a member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board (from 2000) and headed the BMG division, which consisted of the Sony BMG Music Entertainment joint venture and BMG Music Publishing. He also served the Bertelsmann Board as Chief Creative Officer. Schmidt-Holtz was also a member of the Supervisory Boards of Gruner + Jahr and RTL Group. He is a member of the Bertelsmann foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Prior to BMG, Schmidt-Holtz served as Chief Executive Officer of CLT-UFA. He later oversaw the merger of CLT-UFA with Pearson Television to form the RTL Group. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Just Software AG and Co-Founder and Partner of Hanse Ventures GmbH.

James Singh *

Chairman of the Audit Committee of RTL Group

James Singh, born in 1946, joined Nestlé Canada as Financial Analyst in 1977 and served the company in various executive positions until 2000 when he was appointed Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Business Development, in Nestlé SA’s headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. James Singh was a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of Nestlé SA from 2008 to 2012. He retired on 31 March 2012 after a long and distinguished career of 35 years with Nestlé.

He serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the European Round Table as well as member of the International Integrated Financial Reporting Standard Committee.

* independent Director