Executive Committee

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.

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