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."

Curriculum vitae

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
August 1994
Chief Executive Officer of RTL 2, Munich
January 1991 until
June 1992
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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