RTL Group announced the appointment of Guillaume de Posch (53) as Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from 1 January 2012. In this capacity, he will be in charge of the Corporate Strategy and Business Development team at RTL Group’s headquarters and will oversee the company’s broadcasting operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and radio operations in France. Guillaume de Posch will also be member of the RTL Group Executive Committee, alongside Gerhard Zeiler (Chief Executive Officer), Elmar Heggen (Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Centre) and Andreas Rudas (Executive Vice President Regional Operations & Business Development CEE and Asia).
Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group, says: “I am very happy that Guillaume de Posch has decided to join RTL Group in this new function which will be vital to drive RTL Group’s expansion in new businesses and markets. Guillaume has a truly unique expertise in all aspects of the international broadcasting business, combined with a deep understanding of the technological challenges for the media industry in the digital age. I wish Guillaume the best of success in his new position and look forward to a close cooperation.”
Guillaume de Posch says: “I am delighted to join Europe’s number 1 Free-TV-broadcasting group, especially as this marks my return to the company in which I first started my broadcasting career in 1993. I am very much looking forward to working with RTL Group’s first-class international management team.”
Guillaume de Posch, born 1958 in Belgium, is one of Europe’s most experienced TV executives. After first jobs at the international energy and services company Tractebel (1985-1990) and the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company (1990-1993), he started his career in the media industry at the Luxembourg-based Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), which ultimately became RTL Group in the year 2000. At CLT, Guillaume de Posch started as assistant to the Managing Director (1993-1994) and then became Head of CLT’s TV operations in French-speaking countries (1995-1997). From 1997 to 2003, he was Deputy General Manager and Programming Director of the French pay-TV company TPS, before he joined the Munich-based, publicly listed ProSiebenSat1 Media AG in August 2003, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO (2004-2008). Since January 2009, Guillaume de Posch has advised several European and US broadcasters.