Operations Management Committee

Bert Habets

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Group

Bert Habets, born in 1971, holds a Master of Economics and Law (fiscal) from the University of Maastricht. He joined CLT-UFA, which later became RTL Group, in 1999 in the Business Development unit.

In March 2001, Bert Habets was appointed CFO of Holland Media Groep, which rebranded as RTL Nederland in August 2004. In January 2008, he was appointed CEO of RTL Nederland. Under his leadership, RTL Nederland established a clear strategy of strengthening the core business, while diversifying and innovating. Bert Habets has significantly grown RTL Nederland’s digital businesses (acquisition of the on-demand service Videoland; launch of RTL MCN; joint venture with SpotX for the Benelux and Nordic regions) while moving into other commercial areas such as RTL Ventures and RTL Live Entertainment. At the same time, he strengthened the company’s major free-TV channels and oversaw the launch of four new channels. With these varied strategic moves, he has transformed RTL Nederland from a traditional broadcaster into an all-round media and entertainment company. In 2014, Bert Habets was awarded ‘Most influential broadcast personality of the year 2013’ in the Netherlands.

With effect from 19 April 2017, Bert Habets assumed the role of Co-CEO of RTL Group alongside Guillaume de Posch and was elected in RTL Group’s Board of Directors as Executive Director.

In January 2018, at his own request, Guillaume de Posch stepped down as Co-CEO of RTL Group. Since then, Bert Habets has been leading RTL Group as sole CEO with overall responsibility for the strategy and day-to-day management of RTL Group.

In this capacity, he also has the portfolio responsibility for Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, RTL Nederland, FremantleMedia, RTL Hungary and RTL Croatia. He is responsible for the Group’s digital businesses in the MPN and ad-tech areas, and for Group Strategy, Business Development, Corporate Communications & Marketing, European Affairs, Audit & Compliance and, together with the CFO, for Group HR matters.

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 is jointly responsible for Group HR matter, together with Group CEO Bert Habets. 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.

 

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, Bert Habets, and to Group CFO and Deputy CEO Elmar Heggen.

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, born in 1965, was appointed general counsel of RTL Group in April 2000. He started his career in 1990 as an attorney working for the lawfirm De Bandt, Van Hecke et Lagae (now Linklaters De Bandt). In 1995, he joined Groupe Bruxelles Lambert as corporate counsel, a position he held until joining RTL Group in 2000. He studied law at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and the University of Leiden (Netherlands). He gained a Master degree in Law at Duke University (USA) in 1994.

Philippe Delusinne

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Belgium


Philippe Delusinne, born in 1957, began his career in the advertising business in 1982, building on an academic background in Law and Marketing.

He held various positions in the accounting departments of Ted Bates, Publicis and FCB.  In 1988 he was appointed Deputy Managing Director at McCann Erickson and in 1993 became Chief Executive Officer of the Belgian branch of the advertising group Young & Rubicam.

After 20 years of experience managing local and international clients in the advertising business and participating in the media business revolution, Philippe Delusinne was appointed Chief Executive Officer of TVI (today: RTL Belgium) in March 2002.

In June 2009 he was elected President of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT) for a two-year period.

Oliver Fahlbusch

Executive Vice President Corporate Communications & Marketing RTL Group
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 Bert Habets, 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. He became a member of the Bertelsmann spokesperson group in March 2001 and was promoted to Vice President Media Relations in January 2004.

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.

With effect from 1 January 2016, internal communications for the Luxembourg site (now called RTL City), event organisation and Corporate Responsibility were also integrated into the Group’s Corporate Communications & Marketing department. All internal and external communications activities for RTL Group are now together in one integrated department, which cooperates closely with all Corporate Centre departments, the Communications departments of RTL Group’s operations and Bertelsmann’s Corporate Communications.

Andreas Fischer

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

Andreas Fischer, born in 1970, 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. Since 2013, he has been managing and coordinating the activities of RTL Group’s Synergy Committees, in close collaboration with the Co-CEOs, the chairmen of the various committees and the OMC. In September 2015, Andreas Fischer became Senior Vice President Business Development & Emerging Markets, reporting to Andreas Rudas, under the authority of the Co-CEOs of RTL Group. Andreas Fischer was appointed RTL Group’s new Senior Vice President Business Development and Regional Operations CEE & Asia on 1 January 2017.

 

In March 2018, Andreas Fischer became Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Operations Management Broadcast & Content. Member of the newly established Global Operations Management team he works very closely with CEO Bert Habets and CFO Elmar Heggen to manage and steer strategic projects and initiatives. Fischer is the Chairman of the Boards of RTL Hungary, RTL Croatia and RTL Radio Deutschland.

Cécile Frot-Coutaz

Chief Executive Officer
FremantleMedia


Born and raised in France, Frot-Coutaz earned her MBA from the prestigious Insead business school in 1994. When Pearson purchased the assets of Grundy Television, Frot-Coutaz was named Corporate Strategy Executive for the newly created Pearson TV. She then spearheaded the subsequent acquisition and integration of All-American Fremantle into the Pearson Television Group. After a short stint in San Francisco creating online and interactive strategies for Pearson Television, Frot-Coutaz joined the North American headquarters of the newly rebranded FremantleMedia in Los Angeles, where she served as Executive Vice President, Commercial and Operations until her promotion to COO of Production in 2002, and CEO in 2005. In 2012, she was appointed CEO of FremantleMedia, based in London.

Christophe Goossens

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Luxembourg

Christophe Goossens, born in 1976, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RTL Luxembourg in January 2017. Goosens joined RTL Luxembourg in April 2007 as Station Manager and Director of Luxradio (Eldoradio) and was promoted to the post of Station Manager at RTL Radio Lëtzebuerg in October 2012. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Luxembourg-based mobile messaging and micro-payment service provider Mpulse and served in various capacities at telecoms operator Tango, also based in the Grand Duchy. Goossens graduated from the ICHEC Brussels Management School with a degree in economics and finance.

Anke Schäferkordt

Chief Executive Officer 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.

From 2012 till 2017, Anke Schäferkordt was Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity, she retained her role as CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Since 2012, she sits on the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Management SE. Anke Schäferkordt was appointed Member of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6 as of 28 April 2015.

 

Sven Sauvé

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Nederland

Sven Sauvé, born in 1974, holds a master's degree in Business Economics with a specialisation in Strategic Management from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.

He joined RTL Nederland in January 2007 as Business Director of RTL Nederland Productions, building up the company’s newly launched in-house production unit.

Before joining RTL Nederland, Sven Sauvé held executive positions at the production companies Endemol Nederland (2002 to 2005) and Eyeworks Holding (2005 to 2007).

From March 2009 to September 2012, he was Business Director TV at RTL Nederland, being responsible for all business, HR and legal affairs of the unit’s linear free-to-air TV channels. Since September 2012, Sven Sauvé has been the Chief Operating Officer of RTL Nederland, being in charge of the financial management, content acquisition and operational processes for all linear TV channels and non-linear video platforms of RTL Nederland. In this position, he has also been the Managing Director of RTL Nederland’s subscription on-demand platform Videoland.

With effect from 1 July 2017, Sven Sauvé assumed the role of CEO of RTL Nederland.

Nicolas de Tavernost

Chairman of the Executive Board
Groupe M6


Nicolas de Tavernost, born in France in 1950, started his career in 1974 at the French Foreign Trade Department. In 1976, he moved to Zurich to become secretary for the French Chamber of Commerce. One year later, he returned to France as press spokesperson for the Ministry for Post and Telecommunications, working under Norbert Segard. From 1981 to 1986, de Tavernost headed various governmental delegations, and eventually worked as director of the audiovisual activities at Lyonnaise des Eaux. In 1987 he joined M6 as managing director and became president of M6 Publicité in 1988. Since May 2000 de Tavernost has held the post of Chairman of the Executive Board of Groupe M6. 

Henning Tewes

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Hrvatska


Henning Tewes, born in 1972, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RTL Hrvatska in Croatia in July 2014.

Tewes joined RTL Group in 2005 and was Vice President Corporate Strategy before becoming part of the management team of Alpha TV in Greece, most recently as Programme Director. In July 2012, Henning Tewes became Managing Director of the Luxembourg-based, RTL Group-led news exchange Enex. Under his leadership, Enex grew its number of broadcasting partners from 29 to 48, transforming the company from a technical service provider into a global news provider active on all five continents. Prior to joining RTL Group, Henning Tewes worked for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German NGO where he was Country Director for Poland and Belarus.

Tewes holds a Masters in Political Science, History and Economics from Oxford University, a PhD from Birmingham University, and an MBA from Insead (France/Singapore).

Gabriella Vidus

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Hungary

Gabriella Vidus, born in 1975, was appointed CEO of RTL Hungary on 1 July 2015. Prior to her appointment, she was R-time General Manager and RTL Klub Sales Director from 2008-2015. In this role, she was responsible for developing and implementing the sales strategy of RTL Hungary and the third party channels represented at R-time. She began her career as a client service manager at TV2/MTM-SBS Televízió RT in 1997. She became Head of Sales at RTL Klub in 2002 and following the creation of R-time in 2004 her tasks have also included leading its sales team and dealing with sales partners, such as Cartoon Network, MGM and Discovery Channel. Gabriella Vidus has a Master’s Degree in economics and marketing from Budapest.

Eduardo Zulueta

Managing Director
Mabuat (Spain)


Eduardo Zulueta, born in New York in 1958, is Managing Director of Mabuat which represents RTL Group's interests in Spain since 2003. Before that he worked as Managing Director Spain and Portugal of Producciones Fremantle SA, a subsidiary of FremantleMedia. Before joining FremantleMedia he has held various management positions in the Spanish media industry, as Programme and Content Director of Via Digital and Managing Director of Multicanal and Molinare. He has been responsible for the launch of various theme channels  (Hollywood, Odisea, Panda, Sol Musica, Canal de Historia...) and TV programmes (Precio Justo, Audacia, Furor, Trato Hecho, Ay mi madre...) in both Spain and Portugal. He studied economy at Georgetown University and holds a Master Degree in International Finance of Columbia University.

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