18 April 2012, Luxembourg
Following the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of RTL Group, held in Luxemburg earlier today, the Group’s newly composed Board of Directors appointed Thomas Rabe as its new Chairman. Guillaume de Posch and Anke Schäferkordt have been appointed as new Co-CEOs of RTL Group, as already announced on 7 February 2012.
Thomas Rabe, Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann AG, succeeds Siegfried Luther whose mandate as Non-Executive Director expired after today’s AGM. Siegfried Luther had been a member of the RTL Group Board of Directors since 24 July 2000 and its Chairman since 9 December 2004. Thomas Rabe says: “Siegfried Luther is one of the founding fathers of today’s RTL Group. He played a formative role in the Group’s highly successful development since its creation and in raising the quality of the work of the Board and its Committees. On behalf of all shareholders and Directors, I thank Siegfried Luther for his dedication and important contributions.”
The AGM appointed the following new members to the RTL Group Board of Directors: Elmar Heggen – RTL Group CFO and Head of the Corporate Centre in Luxembourg – Guillaume de Posch and Anke Schäferkordt as Executive Directors, and Bernd Kundrun and Rolf Schmidt-Holtz as Non-Executive Directors.
As already announced by Bertelsmann AG on 7 February 2012, Anke Schäferkordt will take a seat on the Executive Board of Bertelsmann AG. Her appointment becomes effective 19 April 2012. In addition, both Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch are also members of the Group Management Committee (GMC) of Bertelsmann AG.
About RTL Group
RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network, with interests in 46 television channels and 29 radio stations in nine countries and content production throughout the world. The television portfolio of Europe’s largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia, Hungary and Antena 3 in Spain – the company also has interests in National Media Group in Russia. RTL Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg. RTL Group’s content production arm, FremantleMedia, is one of the largest international producers outside the US. Each year, it produces 9,200 hours of programming across 58 countries.