Operations Management Committee

Thomas Rabe

Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group
CEO and Chairman of the Bertelsmann Management SE Executive Board

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 (now Clearstream), where he was appointed CFO and member of the Management Board in 1998.

In 2000, Thomas Rabe became CFO and member of the Executive Committee of RTL Group. In March 2003, he was also appointed Head of the Corporate Centre. With effect from 1 January 2006, Thomas Rabe was appointed to the Executive Board of Bertelsmann AG as the Group’s CFO. 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.

In May 2019, Thomas Rabe was appointed member of the Supervisory Board of Adidas AG and has served as Chairman since 11 August 2020.

On 1 April 2019, Thomas Rabe was appointed CEO of RTL Group.

Elmar Heggen

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer
RTL Group

Elmar Heggen, born in 1968, holds a diploma in business administration from the European Business School Oestrich-Winkel, 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 and 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 Mergers and Acquisitions.

In January 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Controlling and Investments. From July 2003 until December 2005 he was Executive Vice President Strategy and Controlling.

Since January 2006, Elmar Heggen has served on the RTL Group Executive Management Team, and since 1 October 2006 he has been CFO and Head of the Corporate Centre of RTL Group.

In January 2018, Elmar Heggen was appointed Deputy CEO of RTL Group, in addition to his role as CFO.

Since August 2019, Elmar Heggen has been Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of RTL Group.

Björn Bauer

Chief Financial Officer
RTL Group

Björn Bauer graduated in business administration in 2005 from the European Business School (Oestrich-Winkel, Germany).

In 2005, he started his career at the international management consultancy Arthur D. Little and then joined Bertelsmann in 2007, where he held successive positions in Corporate Controlling and Strategy.

In February 2015, Björn Bauer was appointed Head of M&A at the online learning provider Relias in Cary, North Carolina, which Bertelsmann had acquired in November 2014. In September 2015, he was appointed CFO of Relias. After nearly four years in the United States, he returned to Gütersloh in January 2019 as Bertelsmann’s Executive Vice President for Corporate Controlling and Strategy.

In August 2019, he was appointed CFO of RTL Group.

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). 

Matthias Dang

Co-Chief Executive Officer
RTL Deutschland

Matthias Dang, born in 1967, was appointed Managing Director Marketing, Technology & Data of RTL Deutschland in February 2019. He has been Managing Director of the sales house IP Deutschland since September 2012 and of the Ad Alliance since January 2017. On 1 September 2021, Matthias Dang was appointed Co-CEO of RTL Deutschland together with Stephan Schäfer. Additionally, he became a member of the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee.

Matthias Dang studied economics in Mainz, Germany, from 1989 to 1993, where he worked in the editorial office for public television channel 3sat alongside his studies. In 1993, he graduated in business administration and joined IP Deutschland, where he held various marketing positions until 1998, when he was appointed Sales Director. In 2003, he became a Marketing Manager, followed by Managing Director Sales in 2004 and finally deputy Managing Director in October 2009.

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 & Investor Relations
Chairman Corporate Responsibility
RTL Group

Oliver Fahlbusch, born in 1973, has been Executive Vice President Communications & Investor Relations since 1 July 2020. In this position, he is in charge of all internal and external communications activities for RTL Group as well as Investor Relations and Corporate Responsibility. 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. He was then appointed Executive Vice President Corporate Communications & Marketing in January 2016.

Andreas Fischer

Executive Vice President Business Development and Head of M&A
RTL Group

Andreas Fischer, born in 1970, became Head of Business Development at RTL Group in July 2019. In January 2020, he was promoted to Executive Vice President Business Development. Starting in January 2021, Andreas is Head of M&A.

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 was appointed Senior Vice President (SVP) Global Operations Management Broadcast & Content in March 2018.

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). 


Siska Ghesquiere

General Counsel and Head of M&A

Siska Ghesquiere has been RTL Group’s General Counsel and Head of M&A since 1 February 2020. She is a member of RTL Group’s Operations Management Committee (OMC).

Siska Ghesquiere joined RTL Group as Corporate Counsel in 2012 and was promoted to Senior Corporate Counsel in 2016 before being appointed Vice President Global Operations Management MPN Businesses in 2018. Before assuming her current position, she was Vice President Mergers & Acquisitions. In prior to joining RTL Group, Siska was a corporate and M&A lawyer at Linklaters for several years. She studied law at the University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Bologna (Italy) and holds an LL.M. degree from the University of Chicago and an Executive MBA from INSEAD.

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

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 Puškarić

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).

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.

Stephan Schäfer

Co-Chief Executive Officer
RTL Deutschland

Stephan Schäfer, born in 1974, has been Managing Director Content & Brands at RTL Deutschland since February 2019. In this role, he is responsible for RTL Deutschland’s channel portfolio, audio offerings, marketing, production management and programme purchasing. He has additionally been CEO of Hamburg-based publisher Gruner + Jahr since April 2021 and member of the G+J Management Board since 2013. On 1 September 2021, Stephan Schäfer was appointed Co-CEO of RTL Deutschland together with Matthias Dang. He is additionally a member of the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee and Chairman of the Bertelsmann Content Alliance. 

Stephan Schäfer graduated from the Axel Springer School of Journalism before joining Gruner + Jahr as Editor-in-Chief and Publishing Director in 2009. In 2013, he joined the Executive Board as Chief Product Officer.

Nicolas de Tavernost

Chairman of the Executive Board
Groupe M6

Nicolas de Tavernost has been Chairman of the Executive Board of Groupe M6 since May 2000. He started his career in 1974 at the French Foreign Trade Department and then held several positions in ministerial cabinets. 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 the advertising sales house M6 Publicité in 1988.

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.