RTL Group Board Changes
Luxembourg, 10 December 2007 – RTL Group today acknowledges the resignation of Gunter Thielen and Ewald Walgenbach from its Board of Directors with effect as from 31 December 2007. The resignations follow changes in the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board.
Gunter Thielen has been a member of the RTL Group Board since 2002, Ewald Walgenbach since 2000. The Board thanks both of them for their contribution in building RTL Group’s strong position and for their loyal services as members of the Board of Directors.
The RTL Group Board coopted Hartmut Ostrowski (49), designated Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bertelsmann AG. Replacing Mr. Thielen, he will be joining the RTL Group Board as non-executive director as from 1 January 2008 and as well become a member of the Nomination and Compensation Committee. His appointment will be presented at the next shareholders meeting for ratification.
The RTL Group Board of Directors then comprises the following members:
Siegfried Luther, Chairman of the Board of RTL Group
Martin Taylor,* Vice Chairman of the Board of RTL Group, Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of RTL Group and Chairman of Syngenta
Günther Grüger, Head of Corporate Controlling & Strategy, Bertelsmann AG
Hartmut Ostrowski,** designated Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann AG
Thomas Rabe, Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board, Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Centre, Bertelsmann AG
Onno Ruding,* Chairman of the Audit Committee of RTL Group, Chairman of the Board of Centre for European Policy Studies and Retired Vice Chairman and Director of Citibank
Jacques Santer,* Chairman of the Board of CLT-UFA, Former Prime Minister of the Luxembourg Government and Former President of the European Commission
Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group and Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board
*independent directors; ** subject to AGM approval
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About RTL Group
RTL Group is the leading European entertainment network, with interests in 42 television channels and 32 radio stations in ten countries and content production throughout the world. The television portfolio of Europe’s largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, Five in the UK, the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia and Hungary, Ren TV in Russia and Antena 3 in Spain. 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 and Luxembourg. RTL Group's content production arm, FremantleMedia is one of the largest international producers outside the US. Each year, it produces more than 10,000 hours of programming in 22 countries.