RTL Group today acknowledges the resignation of Hartmut Ostrowski from its Board of Directors with effect from 31 December 2011. The resignation follows changes in the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board. Hartmut Ostrowski has been a member of the RTL Group Board and of the Nomination and Compensation Committee since 2008.
The RTL Group Board coopted Thomas Hesse (45), designated member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board. Replacing Mr. Ostrowski, he will be joining the RTL Group Board as non-executive director as from 1 January 2012. His appointment will be presented at the next Annual General Meeting (AGM) for ratification.
Siegfried Luther, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group, said: “We are happy to welcome Thomas Hesse, as RTL Group will benefit from his high level of expertise and a profound understanding of the digital media world.”
The Board thanks Mr. Ostrowski for his contribution in building RTL Group’s strong position and for loyal services as member of the Board of Directors.
As of 1 January 2012, the RTL Group Board of Directors will comprise the following members:
- Siegfried Luther, Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group
- Günther Grüger, Executive Vice President Corporate Controlling and Strategy, Bertelsmann AG
- Thomas Hesse**, designated member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board; currently President, Global Digital Business, US Sales & Corporate Strategy,
- Sony Music Entertainment
- Thomas Rabe, designated Chairman of the Executive Board and Chief Executive Officer, Bertelsmann AG; currently Chief Financial Officer and Head of the Corporate Centre, Bertelsmann AG
- Jacques Santer*, Chairman of the Board of CLT-UFA, Former Prime Minister of the Luxembourg Government and Former President of the European Commission
- James Singh*, Chairman of the Audit Committee of RTL Group, Chief Financial Officer of Nestlé
- Martin Taylor*, Vice Chairman of the Board of RTL Group, Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of RTL Group, Chairman of Syngenta
- Gerhard Zeiler, Chief Executive Officer of RTL Group and Member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board