RTL Group Board Changes
Luxembourg, 12 July 2006 – RTL Group today acknowledges the resignation of Gérald Frère, Gilles Samyn and Jocelyn Lefebvre from its Board of Directors with immediate effect. The resignations follow the agreement between Groupe Bruxelles Lambert S.A. (GBL) and Bertelsmann to the buyback of 25.1% stake of Bertelsmann AG, announced in May 2006 and completed on July 4th, 2006.
Gérald Frère has been a member of the RTL Group Board since 2000, Gilles Samyn since 1999 and Jocelyn Lefebvre since 2001.
The Board thanks Gérald Frère, Gilles Samyn and Jocelyn Lefebvre for their contribution in building RTL Group’s strong position and for their loyal services as members of the Board of Directors.
It will be proposed that Günther Grüger (54), Head of Corporate Controlling & Strategy, Bertelsmann AG will be joining the RTL Group board end of August. The appointment is subject to Board approval.
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 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
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
Gunter Thielen, Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann AG
Ewald Walgenbach, Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer of Direct Group Bertelsmann
Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group and Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board
*independent directors; ** subject to Board approval
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