Johannes Züll appointed CEO of RTL Televizija
Luxembourg / Zagreb, 16 July 2009 – RTL Group today announced the appointment of Johannes Züll (44), CEO of Aegis Media in Germany, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RTL Televizija in Croatia, effective September 2009. Züll will succeed Christoph Mainusch (46) who will become CEO of Alpha Media Group as announced earlier. Mainusch has also been assigned a seat on the RTL Televizija Board of Directors, thus ensuring that RTL Televizija will continue to benefit from his knowledge of the Croatian market.
Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group, said: “It is a great pleasure to welcome Johannes Züll back at RTL Group. In his various jobs within our organization, he has proved excellence both in his strategic and operative skills. He is a great choice to lead RTL Televizija through this challenging time.”
Johannes Züll, born in Nuremberg, is currently employed by Aegis Media. He oversaw the German activities of the Aegis Media Network-brands Carat, Vizeum, Posterscope and Isobar. From 1999 to 2007, he held various executive positions within RTL Group, including Managing Director at RTL interactive and Head of Strategy and Business Development at RTL Television in Cologne. He also served as Managing Director of the news channel N-TV, as Managing Director RTL New Media, Head of the Internet & New Technologies division at RTL Group in Luxembourg, and as Head of Business Development for TV in the German-speaking territories, CLT-UFA. Züll also sat on the supervisory boards of Super RTL and IP Deutschland. Prior to his career at RTL Group, Züll worked for the Boston Consulting Group in Germany and Thailand from 1993 to 1999. Johannes Züll studied Business and Economics at the University of St. Gallen (HSG) in Switzerland and at Indiana University in the US. He holds an MBA from the University of St. Gallen.
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