Operations Management Committee

Guillaume de Posch

Co-Chief Executive Officer RTL Group

Guillaume de Posch, born in 1958, started his career at the international energy and services company Tractebel (1985 to 1990) and then joined the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company (1990 to 1993).

Guillaume de Posch began his career in the media industry at the Luxembourg-based Compagnie Luxembourgeoise de Télédiffusion (CLT), as assistant to the Managing Director (1993 to 1994) and then became Head of CLT’s TV operations in French-speaking countries (1995 to 1997). From 1997 to 2003, he was Deputy General Manager and Programming Director of the French pay-TV company TPS, before joining the publicly listed ProSiebenSat1 Media AG in August 2003, first as Chief Operating Officer and then as Chairman of the Executive Board and CEO (2004 to 2008).

Guillaume de Posch was appointed Chief Operating Officer and new member of the RTL Group Executive Committee on 1 January 2012.

With effect from 18 April 2012, Guillaume de Posch assumed the role of Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity and until April 2017, he was responsible for the Group’s broadcasting operations outside Germany, and the Group’s content production business, FremantleMedia. As from April 2017, Guillaume de Posch is responsible for Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, while remaining in charge of Groupe M6, RTL Radio (France) and RTL Belgium.

Together with Co-CEO Bert Habets, he is jointly responsible for the Group’s global digital businesses, SpotX, BBTV and StyleHaul, and for Group Strategy, Business Development, Corporate Communications & Marketing, European Affairs, Audit & Compliance and – together with the CFO – for Group HR.

Since 28 April 2015, Guillaume de Posch has been Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6. On 10 May 2017, he was elected President of the Association of Commercial Television in Europe (ACT).

Bert Habets

Co-Chief Executive Officer RTL Group
Chief Executive Officer RTL Nederland

Bert Habets, born in 1971, holds a Master of Economics and Law (fiscal) from the University of Maastricht. He joined CLT-UFA, which later became RTL Group, in 1999 in the Business Development unit.

In March 2001, Bert Habets was appointed CFO of Holland Media Groep, which rebranded as RTL Nederland in August 2004. In January 2008, he was appointed CEO of RTL Nederland. Under his leadership, RTL Nederland established a clear strategy of strengthening the core business, while diversifying and innovating. Bert Habets has significantly grown RTL Nederland’s digital businesses (acquisition of the on-demand service Videoland; launch of RTL MCN; joint venture with SpotX for the Benelux and Nordic regions) while moving into other commercial areas such as RTL Ventures and RTL Live Entertainment. At the same time, he strengthened the company’s major free-TV channels and oversaw the launch of four new channels. With these varied strategic moves, he has transformed RTL Nederland from a traditional broadcaster into an all-round media and entertainment company. In 2014, Bert Habets was awarded ‘Most influential broadcast personality of the year 2013’ in the Netherlands.

With effect from 19 April 2017, Bert Habets assumed the role of Co-CEO of RTL Group and was elected in RTL Group’s Board of Directors as Executive Director.

In his capacity as Co-CEO of RTL Group he is responsible for RTL Nederland, FremantleMedia and for the Group’s broadcasting activities in Hungary and Croatia.

Together with Co-CEO Guillaume de Posch, he is jointly responsible for the Group’s global digital businesses, SpotX, BBTV and StyleHaul, and for Group Strategy, Business Development, Corporate Communications & Marketing, European Affairs, Audit & Compliance and – together with the CFO – for Group HR.

Elmar Heggen

Chief Financial Officer RTL Group
Head of the Corporate Centre

Elmar Heggen, born in 1968, holds a diploma in business administration from the European Business School 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 & 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 Merger & Acquisitions. In January 2003, he was promoted to Senior Vice President Controlling & Investments. From July 2003 until December 2005 he was Executive Vice President Strategy & 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 his role as Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Centre at RTL Group, Elmar Heggen is in charge of Finance and Legal. In addition, he oversees the Group's businesses in Luxembourg and assumes responsibility for RTL Group’s radio activities in Germany and represents RTL Group on the Board of Atresmedia in Spain.

Christopher Baldelli

Chairman
RTL Radio (France)

Christopher Baldelli, born in 1965, was appointed Chairman of RTL Radio France’s Executive Board as of 1 August 2009. He joined RTL Group’s subsidiary Groupe M6 in June 2006 as its Secretary General of Programming. Since November 2006 he had been CEO of M6 Thématique, directing the company’s thematic TV channels such as W9, Téva and Paris Première. Under his leadership, the free digital channel W9 has consistently grown its audience to become the most-watched new DTT channel among young viewers. W9 first achieved a positive operating profit on an annual basis in fiscal year 2008.

Prior to joining Groupe M6, Baldelli worked in various executive positions for the public TV channel France 2 (1999 to 2005), including as its Directeur Général from June 2002 to August 2005, and for the media division of the Lagardère group (1997 to 1999).

After graduating from École Normale Supérieure at Saint-Cloud, Baldelli graduated from IEP Paris (Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris). From 1991 to 1997, he held various positions as a high civil servant, specialised in media regulation.

Vincent de Dorlodot

General Counsel
RTL Group


Vincent de Dorlodot, born in 1965, was appointed general counsel of RTL Group in April 2000. He started his career in 1990 as an attorney working for the lawfirm De Bandt, Van Hecke et Lagae (now Linklaters De Bandt). In 1995, he joined Groupe Bruxelles Lambert as corporate counsel, a position he held until joining RTL Group in 2000. He studied law at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and the University of Leiden (Netherlands). He gained a Master degree in Law at Duke University (USA) in 1994.

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 & Marketing RTL Group
Chairman Corporate Responsibility RTL Group

Oliver Fahlbusch, born in 1973, was appointed Executive Vice President Corporate Communications & Marketing in January 2016. In this position, he is in charge of all internal and external communications activities for RTL Group as well as Corporate Responsibility, reporting to Guillaume de Posch and Bert Habets, Co-CEOs of RTL Group. 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. He became a member of the Bertelsmann spokesperson group in March 2001 and was promoted to Vice President Media Relations in January 2004.

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.

With effect from 1 January 2016, internal communications for the Luxembourg site (now called RTL City), event organisation and Corporate Responsibility were also integrated into the Group’s Corporate Communications & Marketing department. All internal and external communications activities for RTL Group are now together in one integrated department, which cooperates closely with all Corporate Centre departments, the Communications departments of RTL Group’s operations and Bertelsmann’s Corporate Communications.

Andreas Fischer

Senior Vice President Business Development and Regional Operations CEE & Asia RTL Group

Andreas Fischer, born in 1970, 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. Since 2013, he has been managing and coordinating the activities of RTL Group’s Synergy Committees, in close collaboration with the Co-CEOs, the chairmen of the various committees and the OMC. In September 2015, Andreas Fischer became Senior Vice President Business Development & Emerging Markets, reporting to Andreas Rudas, under the authority of the Co-CEOs of RTL Group. Andreas Fischer was appointed RTL Group’s Senior Vice President Business Development and Regional Operations CEE & Asia on 1 January 2017.

Cécile Frot-Coutaz

Chief Executive Officer
FremantleMedia


Born and raised in France, Frot-Coutaz earned her MBA from the prestigious Insead business school in 1994. When Pearson purchased the assets of Grundy Television, Frot-Coutaz was named Corporate Strategy Executive for the newly created Pearson TV. She then spearheaded the subsequent acquisition and integration of All-American Fremantle into the Pearson Television Group. After a short stint in San Francisco creating online and interactive strategies for Pearson Television, Frot-Coutaz joined the North American headquarters of the newly rebranded FremantleMedia in Los Angeles, where she served as Executive Vice President, Commercial and Operations until her promotion to COO of Production in 2002, and CEO in 2005. In 2012, she was appointed CEO of FremantleMedia, based in London.

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.

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 Co-CEOs, Anke Schäferkordt and Guillaume de Posch, and to Group CFO Elmar Heggen.

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). 

Anke Schäferkordt

Chief Executive Officer Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland

Anke Schäferkordt, born in 1962, holds a degree in business administration. She started her career at Bertelsmann in 1988. In 1991, she moved to RTL Plus (now RTL Television) in Cologne, and took over the Controlling department the following year. From 1993 to 1995 she was a Director in charge of the Corporate Planning and Controlling division at RTL Television.

In 1995, she joined the TV broadcaster Vox, serving as CFO and, from 1997 onwards, also as Programme Director. Then, from 1999 until 2005, she was CEO of Vox. In February 2005, Anke Schäferkordt was appointed Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO of RTL Television, and since September 2005, its CEO. In November 2007, the German RTL family of channels adopted the corporate brand name Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland. In her capacity as CEO of RTL Television, Anke Schäferkordt is also CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

From 2012 till 2017, Anke Schäferkordt was Co-CEO of RTL Group. In this capacity, she retained her role as CEO of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.

Since 2012, she sits on the Executive Board of Bertelsmann Management SE. Anke Schäferkordt was appointed Member of the Supervisory Board of Groupe M6 as of 28 April 2015.

 

Nicolas de Tavernost

Chairman of the Executive Board
Groupe M6


Nicolas de Tavernost, born in France in 1950, started his career in 1974 at the French Foreign Trade Department. In 1976, he moved to Zurich to become secretary for the French Chamber of Commerce. One year later, he returned to France as press spokesperson for the Ministry for Post and Telecommunications, working under Norbert Segard. 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 M6 Publicité in 1988. Since May 2000 de Tavernost has held the post of Chairman of the Executive Board of Groupe M6. 

Henning Tewes

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Hrvatska


Henning Tewes, born in 1972, was appointed Chief Executive Officer of RTL Hrvatska in Croatia in July 2014.

Tewes joined RTL Group in 2005 and was Vice President Corporate Strategy before becoming part of the management team of Alpha TV in Greece, most recently as Programme Director. In July 2012, Henning Tewes became Managing Director of the Luxembourg-based, RTL Group-led news exchange Enex. Under his leadership, Enex grew its number of broadcasting partners from 29 to 48, transforming the company from a technical service provider into a global news provider active on all five continents. Prior to joining RTL Group, Henning Tewes worked for the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, a German NGO where he was Country Director for Poland and Belarus.

Tewes holds a Masters in Political Science, History and Economics from Oxford University, a PhD from Birmingham University, and an MBA from Insead (France/Singapore).

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.

Gert Zimmer

Chief Executive Officer
RTL Radio Deutschland


Gert Zimmer, born in Nuremberg (Germany) in 1964, has been Senior Vice President Radio Central and Northern Europe, RTL Group and CEO of RTL Radio Deutschland, Berlin, since 2004. After studies of telecommunications at the Georg-Simon-Ohm-University in Nuremberg, he got in touch with radio for the first time in 1982 when he did an internship at Armed Forces Radio and Television Services (AFN Nuremberg). This was followed by assignments at Radio C (Bozen, Italy) and Neue Welle Franken (Nuremberg) as a news editor and presenter and Head of Music at Neue Welle Franken. From 1986 to 1988 he served as a Programme Director for Radio Charivari Nuremberg and was involved in starting other Charivari stations in various Bavarian cities. From 1989 to 1992 Gert worked as a consultant and producer for the BCI Group, a European consulting company for radio/TV stations and a music production house with investments in various other media companies. In 1993 Gert became a co-owner of the BCI Group and the CEO of the company and served in that role till 2003.

Eduardo Zulueta

Managing Director
Mabuat (Spain)


Eduardo Zulueta, born in New York in 1958, is Managing Director of Mabuat which represents RTL Group's interests in Spain since 2003. Before that he worked as Managing Director Spain and Portugal of Producciones Fremantle SA, a subsidiary of FremantleMedia. Before joining FremantleMedia he has held various management positions in the Spanish media industry, as Programme and Content Director of Via Digital and Managing Director of Multicanal and Molinare. He has been responsible for the launch of various theme channels  (Hollywood, Odisea, Panda, Sol Musica, Canal de Historia...) and TV programmes (Precio Justo, Audacia, Furor, Trato Hecho, Ay mi madre...) in both Spain and Portugal. He studied economy at Georgetown University and holds a Master Degree in International Finance of Columbia University.

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