RTL Group Appoints Gerhard Zeiler as new C.E.O
Luxembourg, 5 March 2003 – RTL Group today announced the appointment of Gerhard Zeiler as its new Chief Executive following the departure of Didier Bellens last week.
Mr Zeiler will assume his new responsibilities immediately, and will also continue in his current role as Chief Executive of RTL Television, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of RTL Group.
The Group Chairman, Juan Abello, said today: “We are delighted that Gerhard Zeiler has agreed to take this role, because he brings a wealth of experience in the broadcasting industry as well as considerable international knowledge.
“However, we also take this opportunity of acknowledging the enormous contribution of Didier Bellens in building such a successful business over the last three years.”
Gerhard Zeiler said: “Heading the only really pan-European audiovisual Group is a tremendous challenge. RTL Group has a wide range of assets in several businesses across a number of territories, which has helped it weather the current economic problems better than most of its peers. My task will be to secure and expand upon RTL Group’s success and ensure that RTL Group takes its place at the forefront of the industry."
Gerhard Zeiler, born 20th July 1955 in Vienna
|Since March 2002 ||Member of the Board of “M6”, French Television Channel of RTL Group|
|Since September 2002 ||Member of the Board of the Bertelsmann Foundation |
|Since March 2000 ||Member of OMC of RTL Group (Operations Management Committee)|
CEO of Ufa Film – und Fernsehen GmbH (responsible for all German Television activities of RTL Group)
|Since 1st November 1998 || |
Chief Executive Officer of RTL Television, Cologne
Board Member of the International Council of NATAS
|October 1994 until September 1998 ||Chief Executive Officer of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation), Vienna|
|July 1992 until |
|Chief Executive Officer of RTL 2, Munich|
|January 1991 until |
|Chief Executive Officer of TELE 5, Munich|
|November 1986 until December 1990 ||General Secretary of ORF, Vienna|
|Summer 1983 until October 1986 ||Press-spokesman of Austrian ChancellorsDr. Fred Sinowatz and Dr. Franz Vranitzky|
|Since November 1979 until summer of 1983 ||Press-spokesman of Austrian Minister for Education and Art, Dr. Fred Sinowatz|
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