Nomination and Compensation Committee

The Nomination and Compensation Committee is composed of non-executive directors, one of them being an independent director.

Martin Taylor*

Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group
Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of RTL Group

Martin Taylor, born in 1952, began his career as a financial journalist with Reuters and the Financial Times. He then joined Courtaulds PLC, becoming a director in 1987, then Chief Executive of Courtaulds Textiles PLC on its demerger in 1990. 

He moved to Barclays PLC in 1993 as Chief Executive, a post he held until the end of 1998. From 1999 to 2003, he was Chairman of WHSmith PLC, and from 1999 to 2005, International Advisor to Goldman Sachs. From 2005 until 2013, he was Chairman of the Board of Syngenta AG.

From 2013 until March 2020, Martin Taylor served as an external member of the Financial Policy Committee of the Bank of England.

He has worked on various projects for the British Government and served for five years as a member of its Council for Science and Technology. Appointed as Independent Non-Executive Director in July 2000 (when RTL Group was created), he took over the responsibilities of Vice-Chairman of the Board in December 2004.

On 1 April 2019, Martin Taylor was appointed Chairman of the RTL Group Board of Directors.

Thomas Götz

General Counsel Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA

Thomas Götz, born in 1971, graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a doctorate in law in 1999. A year earlier, during his studies, he joined Bertelsmann’s Corporate Legal department as an in-house lawyer.

From 2009 to 2013, he was Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Bertelsmann. Prior to this he worked for two years as Senior Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions.

Thomas Götz has been General Counsel at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA since January 2014.

Immanuel Hermreck

Chief Human Resources Officer at Bertelsmann Management SE

Immanuel Hermreck, born in 1969, has been Chief Human Resources Officer and member of the Executive Board at Bertelsmann SE since 2015. His responsibilities include the worldwide leadership of Bertelsmann’s HR function, with particular attention to executive development, organisational learning and education, compensation, HR strategy, services, corporate responsibility and corporate culture.

Hermreck was appointed Global Head of HR for Bertelsmann in 2006. Before this, he was Director of the Media Economics Department at the Bertelsmann Foundation, and became Managing Director of Bertelsmann University – the company’s global knowledge and learning institution – in 2000.

Immanuel Hermreck volunteers as a member or trustee of several non-profit organisations, including as a founding Executive Committee member of the German Association of HR Managers.

Immanuel Hermreck holds a PhD in communication and economics, and is both a Stanford University graduate and a former scholar of the prestigious Konrad-Adenauer Foundation.

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz

Business founder and investor

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz, born in 1948 in Martinsreuth, Germany, is an examined lawyer and studied political science and psychology. He has been an independent business founder and investor since April 2011. Prior to that he was CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (Sony BMG Music Entertainment until October 2008) from February 2006 to March 2011, having served the company as Chairman of the Board from August 2004.

From January 2001 to August 2004, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz was Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann Music Group (BMG) and a member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board (from 2000) heading the BMG division, which consisted of the Sony BMG Music Entertainment joint venture and BMG Music Publishing. He also served on the Bertelsmann Executive Board as Chief Creative Officer. Furthermore, he was a member of the Supervisory Boards of Gruner + Jahr, RTL Group and of the Bertelsmann Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Prior to running BMG, Rolf Schmidt-Holtz served as Chief Executive Officer of CLT-UFA. He later oversaw the merger of CLT-UFA with Pearson Television to form RTL Group. He is Co-Founder and Chairman of Just Software AG and Co-Founder and Partner of Hanse Ventures BSJ GmbH.

* Independent Director


The Chief Executive Officer shall consult with an obtain the prior consent of the Nomination and Compensation Committee concerning his proposals to the Board of directors in respect of the directors to be appointed or removed as Executive Board Members by the Board of directors. For the avoidance of doubt the Nomination and Compensation Committee itself shall have no power to propose to the Board Member.

The Nomination and Compensation Committee shall make a proposal to the General Meeting of Shareholders on the appointment and removal of the non-executive directors.

The Nomination and Compensation Committee shall establish the Group’s compensation policy (including compensation granted under employee share option arrangements).

The Nomination and Compensation Committee shall be also involved in the appointment, remuneration and dismissal process of senior executives.

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