Corporate Centre Management

Thomas Rabe

CEO and Chairman of the Bertelsmann Management SE Executive Board
CEO of RTL Group

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, 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 responsibility for the Luxembourgish activities of RTL Group. With effect from 1 January 2006, Thomas Rabe was appointed to the Executive Board of Bertelsmann AG as the Group’s Chief Financial Officer. From 2006 to 2008, he was also responsible for Bertelsmann AG’s music business.

Since 1 January 2012, Thomas Rabe has been CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann AG, now Bertelsmann Management SE. On 1 April 2019, RTL Group Board of Directors appointed Thomas Rabe as CEO of RTL Group.

Elmar Heggen

Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Head of the Corporate Centre
RTL Group

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 Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Head of the Corporate Centre of RTL Group.

In January 2018, Elmar Heggen, while remaining CFO, also became Deputy CEO of RTL Group, assuming the portfolio responsibility for Groupe M6 in France and RTL Belgium within RTL Group’s Executive Committee.

In his role as CFO and Head of the Corporate Centre at RTL Group, Elmar Heggen is in charge of Finance, Legal, M&A and Group IT and has joint responsibility for Group HR matters. In addition, he has the portfolio responsibility for the Group’s businesses in Luxembourg and for RTL Radio Deutschland. He also represents RTL Group on the Board of publicly listed Atresmedia in Spain.

In April 2018, Elmar Heggen was appointed Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6.

Jean-Marie Bourhis

Deputy CFO
Executive Vice President Finance
RTL Group

Jean-Marie Bourhis, born in 1956, is Deputy Chief Financial Officer of RTL Group since December 2006. He has been promoted to this position in addition to his role as Executive Vice President Finance which he holds since January 2004. He is responsible for Group Accounting, Consolidation and Group Transactions and Reporting Systems. Through a combination of Finance and systems, his teams integrate functional skills, software expertise, services providing and project management.

Andrew Buckhurst

Senior Vice President Investor Relations
RTL Group

Andrew Buckhurst was born in 1966, he joined RTL Group as Senior Controller in August 2000. From 2003 until 2006 he headed the External Communications Department of RTL Group in addition to his Investor Relations role.

He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young in England and then joined AEA Technology, Harwell as a financial analyst. In 1995, he started at Oriflame International in Belgium where he was Corporate Controller and Group treasurer before becoming Regional Finance Controller in Athens.

Francesco Costadura

Executive Vice President Human Resources
RTL Group

Francesco Costadura, born 1965, was appointed RTL Group’s Head of Human Resources (HR) and Executive Vice President HR, on 1 August 2016. In this capacity, he reports to RTL Group’s CEO and to Group CFO and Deputy CEO.

Francesco Costadura joined RTL Group as Vice President Corporate Strategy and Business Development in 2002, and was appointed Managing Director, Rights Trading, of CLT-UFA in 2004. Three years later, he joined RTL Group’s HR department as Senior Vice President HR. In this capacity, he has been managing all HR-related aspects of RTL Group’s Corporate Centre and the Group’s Luxembourg-based entities. He has been affiliated with the Bertelsmann Group since 1992 and held various executive positions – including the general management of companies as Managing Director – at Arvato, CLT-UFA and AOL Europe. Francesco Costadura holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Karlsruhe (Germany) and an MBA from Harvard Business School (United States). 

Vincent de Dorlodot

General Counsel
RTL Group

Vincent de Dorlodot was born in 1965, he was appointed General Counsel of RTL Group in April 2000. He started his career in 1990 as an attorney working for the law firm De Bandt, Van Hecke et Lagae (now Linklater's De Bandt). In 1995, he joined Groupe Bruxelles Lambert as corporate counsel, a position he held until joining RTL Group. He studied at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and the University of Leiden (Netherlands). He gained a master's degree in law from Duke University (USA) in 1994.

Oliver Fahlbusch

Executive Vice President
Corporate Communications & Marketing
Chairman Corporate Responsibility
RTL Group

Oliver Fahlbusch, born in 1973, was appointed Executive Vice President Corporate Communications & Marketing in January 2016. In this position, he is in charge of all internal and external communications activities for RTL Group as well as Corporate Responsibility, reporting to the CEO of RTL Group. Oliver Fahlbusch is a member of RTL Group’s Operations Management Committee (OMC).

After completing his studies in Media and Communication Sciences at Freie Universität Berlin, Oliver Fahlbusch held successive positions in Bertelsmann’s Corporate Communications department from April 2000 to July 2006, most recently as Vice President Media Relations. Oliver Fahlbusch joined RTL Group in August 2006 as Deputy Head of Corporate Communications. In July 2012, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and Head of RTL Group’s Corporate Communications & Marketing department.

Daniel Felgueiras da Cunha

Vice President Group Reporting & Budgeting
RTL Group

Andreas Fischer

Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Operations Management Broadcast & Content
RTL Group

Andreas Fischer, born in 1970, became Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Operations Management Broadcast & Content in March 2018. Member of the newly established Global Operations Management team he works very closely with CEO and CFO to manage and steer strategic projects and initiatives. Fischer is the Chairman of the Boards of RTL Hungary, RTL Croatia, RTL Radio Deutschland and RCB Radio Center Berlin. He is member of the Board of Enex, European News Exchange.

Andreas started his career at RTL Group in 2000 and has worked in various functions before joining RTL Group’s Strategy & Controlling department in 2010, where he became Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions in 2011. In 2013, he took over the management and coordination of RTL Group’s Synergy Committees. In September 2015, Andreas became Senior Vice President Business Development & Emerging Markets. He was appointed Senior Vice President Business Development and Regional Operations CEE & Asia on 1 January 2017. Andreas holds a law degree from Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg (Germany) and a Master of Laws degree from University of New South Wales and University of Sydney (Australia).

Siska Ghesquiere

Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions
RTL Group

Siska Ghesquiere has taken up the role of Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions, effective 15 July 2019. As Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions, Siska manages corporate transactions and leads the mergers and acquisitions team.

Siska Ghesquiere joined RTL Group as Corporate Counsel in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Corporate Counsel in 2016 before being appointed Vice President Global Operations Management MPN Businesses in 2018. Previously Siska was a corporate and M&A lawyer at Linklaters for several years. She studied law at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Bologna (Italy) and holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

François Masquelier

Senior Vice President Treasury & Corporate Finance
RTL Group

François Masquelier, born in 1962, has been Head of Corporate Finance and Treasury with RTL Group since November 1997. Before he worked for Eridania Béghin-Say (Coordination Centre) and ABN AMRO Bank.  
He is the President of the Association of Corporate Treasurers of Luxembourg (ATEL). He is also Honorary Chairman and Founder of Euro Associations of Corporate Treasurers (EACT).    

Daniel Menet

Senior Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions
RTL Group

Daniel Menet, born in 1971, heads the M&A team of RTL Group. He has more than 20 years of M&A experience and played a key role in RTL Group’s investments in the digital space, including SpotX, VideoAmp, clypd, BroadbandTV, StyleHaul, United Screens etc. He serves as a board member of SpotX, StyleHaul and United Screens and as a board observer of VideoAmp and clypd.

Daniel joined RTL Group in 2005 from McDermott Will & Emery’s New York office, where he was a partner. He holds a law degree from the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, and a Master of Laws in International Business and Trade Law from Fordham University, New York. He is admitted to practice in the State of New York.

Rhys Nölke

SVP Strategy & Business Development
RTL Group

Rhys Nölke is SVP Strategy & Business Development at RTL Group heading corporate development across broadcast, content and digital. Rhys started his career in 2001 as freelance journalist and online entrepreneur. He joined RTL Germany’s newmedia business in Cologne in 2003, working on digital content development, diversification projects and launching the catch-up TV service RTLnow. In 2007 Rhys moved to RTL Group in Luxembourg as Executive Assistant to the CEO, taking on the role of VP Business Development and later as SVP Strategy driving digital transformation, media technology, video monetization and data businesses. In his current role he also serves as a Board member of RTL AdConnect, SpotX, Videoamp and Clypd.

Vincent Pascaud

Senior Vice President Group IT and IT Governance
RTL Group

Vincent Pascaud joined RTL Group in 2002 as Vice President Group Reporting Systems before being promoted to Senior Vice President Group Transactions and Reporting Systems in 2006, where among other things he was responsible for RTL Group Corporate Information Systems.  
Since 2013 he has been Senior Vice President Group IT and in charge of IT Governance, reporting to Elmar Heggen, CFO of RTL Group. Vincent Pascaud studied administration and finance at the Sup de Co business school in Rouen, France and has a degree in accounting and finance.

Ursula Schmidt

Executive Vice President Audit & Compliance
RTL Group

Ursula Schmidt was promoted to Executive Vice President Audit and Compliance in January 2016. From August 2013 to December 2015 she was Senior Vice President Audit and Compliance. Prior to this, she has been Head of RTL Group Internal Audit since June 2004. She joined the Group in 2000 where she held several functions in Strategy and Controlling. Before joining the Group she worked for the European Commission (Eurostat) in Luxembourg. From 1994 until 1998 she worked as Project Manager in the area of Business Statistics at various service providers. From 1998 until 1999 she was responsible for Foreign Direct Investment Statistics at Eurostat. In 1994, Ursula Schmidt achieved her final degree (Dr. rer. pol.) at the university of Nürnberg further to her studies of economics with a focus in statistics.

Juliette Valains

Vice President (VP) Global Operations Management Digital & Diversification
RTL Group

Juliette Valains, born in France in 1985, holds a Master of Science in Management from HEC Paris. In June 2018, Juliette Valains became VP Global Operations Management Digital & Diversification, working closely with RTL Group CEO and CFO to manage and steer strategic projects and initiatives. Juliette Valains is member of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6 and the Board of RTL AdConnect. She is also Vice-Chair of the IAB EU Policy Committee.  
Juliette Valains joined RTL Group’s Strategy department in 2015, where she became Vice President (VP) Strategy in 2017. Prior to joining RTL Group, Juliette Valains worked for four years (2010 to 2014) in the Stamford (USA) office of McKinsey & Company, most recently as Engagement Manager. In this role she was responsible for implementing the digital and marketing strategy for companies in the telecommunication, automotive and media sector. In 2014, Juliette moved to Luxembourg where she took up the role of Digital Quotient Solution Manager at the local McKinsey & Company office. 

Olivier Zacharia

Senior Vice President Controlling & Investments
RTL Group

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