PRESS INFORMATION



 
 


 

RTL Group: Board Changes

Luxembourg, 9 December 2004 - RTL Group today announces the following changes in the composition of its Board of Directors :

The Chairman of the Board and non-executive director, Juan Abello, has resigned, with immediate effect, from the Board of RTL Group.  Siegfried Luther, who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, will replace him as Chairman of the Board;

Martin Taylor, currently a non-executive director and member of the audit committee and Chairman of the nomination and compensation committee, will take over the responsibilities of Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors;

Jacques Santer, who is currently Chairman of the Board of CLT-UFA, a subsidiary of RTL Group, was co-opted on to the Board of Directors of RTL Group, with immediate effect, as a non-executive director.  His appointment will be presented at the next shareholders meeting for ratification.

Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group, said “We are extremely grateful for all of the help and advice that Juan Abello has provided to RTL Group since his appointment in July 2000.  We wish him well in his continued business activities.”

For further enquiries:

Andrew Buckhurst
RTL Group
Phone: 00352/2486-5130
E-mail: andrew.buckhurst@rtlgroup.com


About RTL Group

RTL Group is Europe's leading commercial broadcaster, with interests in 29 television channels and 30 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 around 40 countries including the USA, providing a wide range of drama, entertainment and factual programming for viewers around the world.


The Board of RTL Group is now composed as follows:

Siegfried Luther (Chairman)
Deputy Chairman of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board,
Chief Financial Officer of Bertelsmann AG

Martin Taylor (Vice Chairman)
International Advisor of Goldman Sachs

Gérald Frère
Managing Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert

Lutz Glandt
Managing Director of WAZ Mediengroup

Jocelyn Lefebvre
Managing Director of Power Corporation

Onno Ruding
Retired Vice Chairman and Director of Citibank, Brussels
Chairman of the Board of Centre for European Policy Studies

Gilles Samyn
Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille

Jacques Santer
Chairman of the Board of CLT-UFA

Rolf Schmidt-Holtz
Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Chairman and CEO of BMG
Chief Creative Officer of Bertelsmann AG

Erich Schumann
Managing Director of WAZ Mediengroup

Gunter Thielen
Chairman of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board,
Chief Executive Officer of Bertelsmann AG

Ewald Walgenbach
Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board
Chief Executive Officer of Direct Group Bertelsmann