Luxembourg, 14 March 2002. – RTL Group, Europe’s leading broadcaster and content provider, is enhancing its synergies by extending the cooperation of several senior executives and broadening their responsibilities within the Group.
With the move, Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive of RTL Television in Germany, joins the board of RTL Group’s French TV channel M6. Dick Van der Graaf, Chief Executive of RTL Group’s family of channels HMG in the Netherlands, joins the board of RTL Klub in Hungary, whose CEO Dirk Gerkens has already been a member of the HMG board for a year. Furthermore, Gerhard Zeiler joins the supervisory bodies of the German channels RTL II and Super RTL, in addition to his existing supervisory role at the German channel VOX.
These appointments will strengthen the integrating role of RTL Group’s Operations Management Committee (OMC), which RTL Group set up last month to include senior representatives of both headquarters and operating companies. The OMC consists of the members of RTL Group’s Executive Committee – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Didier Bellens, Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) Bruno Chauvat and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Thomas Rabe – as well as the heads of RTL Group’s most important business divisions and operations: Gerhard Zeiler, Nicolas de Tavernost, CEO of M6, Dawn Airey, CEO of Channel 5 in the UK, Tony Cohen, CEO of RTL Group’s production business arm FremantleMedia, and Jean-Charles de Keyser, who is responsible for Benelux, Eastern Europe and the radio business.
RTL Group’s CEO Didier Bellens said today: “RTL Group’s unique position gives us an important competitive edge. We can bundle the strengths and talents of our major businesses across the main European markets, and we can exchange our entrepreneurial and creative know-how extremely quickly. This allows us to further capitalize on our successes. The setting up of the OMC and the additional appointments create a direct link between operating units and the CEO. They deepen the relationships across our Group and open the way to a wider sharing of knowledge.”
RTL Group owns 100% of RTL Television and 99.7% of VOX in Cologne, Germany. Furthermore, RTL Group owns 45.2% of M6 in Paris, 50% of Super RTL in Cologne, 35.9% of RTL II in Munich, 100% of HMG in Hilversum and 49% of RTL Klub in Budapest.