RTL Nederland strengthens its management board

07.11.2019, Pays-Bas, RTL Nederland

On 7 November 2019, RTL Nederland announced that it will strengthen its management board to support and accelerate its digital transformation.

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Rik Welling (left) © Roy Beusker Fotografie and Olivier Zacharia (right)

Rik Welling, who joined RTL Nederland in 2011 and became Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in April 2018, will take over the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) from 1 December. Olivier Zacharia, currently Senior Vice President of Controlling & Investments at RTL Group, will become CFO at RTL Nederland as of 1 December. As all members of RTL Nederland’s management board, both Rik Welling and Olivier Zacharia will report to RTL Nederland Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sven Sauvé.

RTL Group CFO Björn Bauer will lead RTL Group’s Controlling & Investments department, supported by the current team, on an interim basis until the successor of Olivier Zacharia will be announced.

Sven Sauve © William Rutten

Sven Sauvé, CEO of RTL Nederland, says: “RTL Nederland has always been a frontrunner to seize the opportunities of the digital transformation of our industry. Therefore, we will further increase our investments into local, exclusive content, technology and data management. This requires dedicated attention. With the creation of the COO function we make that possible. With Rik Welling we have a strategic thinker in-house who recognises the opportunities in the market like no other and can help capitalize on them.”
Sven Sauvé continues: “Together with the accelerated digital transformation we also want to strengthen all finance processes including investment planning and financial controls. As CFO Olivier Zacharia perfectly complements and strengthens our management board. He already has a strong relationship with RTL Nederland and his broad experience and expertise makes him the strategic business partner that we need to remain agile in a dynamic market.”

In addition to his extensive experience at RTL Group, Olivier Zacharia has built up a solid background in finance at EY, Lagardère Media and Pernod Ricard. From his current position he is well acquainted with the activities and vision of RTL Nederland.

The decision to adjust the top structure is currently still under the advice of the Works Council of RTL Nederland.

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