Operations Management 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.

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). 

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
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.

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 the RTL Group 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).

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.

Jennifer Mullin

Chief Executive Officer
Fremantle

Jennifer Mullin joined US, Fremantle (then FremantleMedia North America – FMNA), as Senior Vice President of Current Programming in 2005, in 2012 she became Executive Vice President of Current Programming. She was promoted to Co-CEO of US, Fremantle, the largest unit of the global Fremantle Group in 2015, and then CEO as of 2017. In this role she has had full responsibility for its overall management and business performance, leading the development, production and business operations of over 900 hours of network, cable and syndicated scripted and unscripted programming. Prior to joining Fremantle US, Jennifer worked as an Executive Producer at companies such as Paramount, Telepictures and Universal. In 2018 she was appointed as Group CEO of Fremantle.

 

Marc Puskaric

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Croatia

After completing his Second German State Examination in Law in 2001, Mark Puškarić, born in 1972, started his professional career at Bertelsmann as Corporate Legal Counsel. From 2007 to 2015, he was Senior Vice President Corporate Legal at Bertelsmann, where he was responsible for advising M&A and operational transactions in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia and for supporting the set-up of the corporate investment activities in India and Brazil.

Marc Puškarić, previously Managing Director of Bertelsmann Brazil Investments and the Bertelsmann Corporate Centre in Brazil, succeeded Henning Tewes who has joined  Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland as COO Programme Affairs & Multichannel. In his new function, Marc Puškarić reports to Andreas Fischer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of RTL Croatia and Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Operations Management Broadcast and Content of RTL Group. With his new role, Marc Puškarić also becomes a member of RTL Group’s Operations Management Committee (OMC).

Bernd Reichart

Chief Executive Officer
Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland

Bernd Reichart, born in 1974, began his career in the sports marketing sector with UFA Sports in Hamburg immediately after finishing university. In 2003 he opened a branch in Madrid for the sports rights agency Sportfive, where he worked as Marketing Manager.

In 2004, he moved to RTL Group’s shareholding in Spain, Antena 3, as Head of Investor Relations. From 2007 to 2013 he worked as Managing Director Multichannel with the commercial TV broadcaster Antena 3/Atresmedia, being responsible for five free-TV channels. In February 2013, Bernd Reichart assumed the responsibilities of Managing Director of Vox and was also member of the management team of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. In January 2019, Bernd Reichart became CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

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.

Mike Shehan

Chief Executive Officer
SpotX

Mike Shehan, co-founded SpotX in 2007 and serves as its President and CEO.

As a long time internet entrepreneur, his first company was LOGEX International, LLC, an e-commerce solutions provider focused on the retail and catalog industries in 1996. 

After selling LOGEX to AppNet, he served as President of AppNet's two fastest growing divisions, e-Commerce Solutions and Outsourcing Services. In 2000, he launched his second venture, Ereo, a search engine for images. Shortly thereafter, Shehan also co-founded Booyah Networks, Inc., which was acquired in 2018.

Mike Shehan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Vanderbilt University.

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. 

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. 

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.

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