Nomination and Compensation Committee

The Nomination and Compensation Committee is composed of non-executive directors, two of whom are independent.

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.

Lauren Zalaznick*

Media Executive & Industry Advisor

Lauren Zalaznick, born in 1963, was appointed as Non-Executive Director to RTL Group’s Board of Directors for a term of three years in April 2018.

Having begun her career making independent feature films, Zalaznick moved on to become a TV executive, most recently EVP, Comcast NBC Universal, overseeing such brands as Bravo, Oxygen, Telemundo, and Fandango. She now advises and invests in the world’s leading digital and media brands.

Zalaznick has devoted her career in media to transforming the cultural landscape, and has been responsible for the growth of some of the strongest TV and digital brands in media. She is widely recognised as an industry shape-shifter and innovator, and has received many honours for her achievements.

Aside from many Emmy, BDA, Webby and Peabody Award nominations and wins, Zalaznick has been named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, has delivered a TED talk with close to a million views, and has been the subject of a New York Times Magazine cover story.

Lauren Zalaznick is currently a director of The Nielsen Holdings PLC and GoPro Inc, which are both listed companies. She is also a Trustee Emerita of Brown University, from which she graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

* 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.