RTL Group announces appointment of new CFO
Luxembourg, 22 June 2005 - RTL Group, the leading European broadcasting and production company, today announces the appointment of Dr Ignace Van Meenen as the new Chief Financial Officer and Head of Corporate Centre. Dr Van Meenen will start on the 1 January 2006, taking over from Dr Thomas Rabe who is moving to Bertelsmann AG as CFO.
Dr. Van Meenen is 37 years old and currently works as the Group Financial Director at RAG AG in Essen, a role he has been in since 1999. RAG AG is a German energy and chemicals Group with turnover of approximately EUR 22 billion. He started his professional career with Deutsche Bank and spent two years in New York as Vice President in the Corporate and Institutional Banking Division before moving on to his current position.
Dr. Van Meenen said “I have had the chance to work within a great company over the last six years and I am delighted to be moving on to another one. I am looking forward to acquainting myself with my new colleagues, a new business and to moving to Luxembourg.”
Thomas Rabe said “I am delighted that Dr. Van Meenen is joining RTL Group. His professional and personal skills are an ideal fit and I am sure he will make a very positive and valuable contribution to the further development of the Group. I wish him all the very best in his new role.”
Gerhard Zeiler, CEO of RTL Group, said “We knew that finding a replacement for Thomas was going to be difficult but, in Dr. Van Meenen, we have found an experienced finance professional who I am sure will make a very positive impact on both the Group and at the headquarters in Luxembourg. I welcome him on board and look forward to working with him in the very near future.”
For further information:
Senior Vice President
External Communications and Investor Relations
Phone: 00352/2486 5075 or 5130
About RTL Group
RTL Group is Europe's leading commercial broadcaster, with interests in 31 television channels and 33 radio stations in ten countries and content production throughout the world. Its television portfolio includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, five in the UK, and the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary, as well as Antena 3 in Spain and TVI in Portugal. RTL Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg. RTL Group's content production arm, FremantleMedia is one of the largest international producers outside the US. It is currently producing more than 260 programmes in over 40 countries including the USA, providing a wide range of drama, entertainment and factual programming for viewers around the world.