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Guillaume de Posch to exit RTL Group; Bert Habets to become sole CEO

After five years of heading RTL Group, Guillaume de Posch is leaving the Luxembourg-based entertainment company as co-CEO, effective Jan. 1. De Posch (pictured), who will continue to serve as a non-executive ...
December 13, 2017

After five years of heading RTL Group, Guillaume de Posch is leaving the Luxembourg-based entertainment company as co-CEO, effective Jan. 1.

De Posch (pictured), who will continue to serve as a non-executive member of RTL Group’s board of directors, had been responsible for the media conglomerate’s broadcasting operations outside of Germany and its content production business, FremantleMedia.

He served as Chief Operating Officer at RTL Group SA from January 1, 2012 to April 18, 2012. He was responsible for RTL Group’s broadcasting operations outside Germany and its production business.

De Posch initially boarded the company more than 24 years ago in 1993, joining as an assistant to the managing director before becoming chief operating officer and rising to co-CEO in 2012 alongside Anke Schäferkordt, who left earlier this year, following the departure of Gerhard Zeiler.

Bert Habets, who has been co-CEO since Schäferkordt’s departure in April, will now lead the Group as sole CEO, with oversight for the strategy and daily management of the company. In the role, he will ensure long-term continuity in the Group’s leadership, while accelerating the execution of its ‘Total Video’ strategy.

Habets first joined RTL in 1999 as a project manager in the business development unit of CLT-UFA (which later became RTL Group). He became CFO of RTL Nederland in 2001 and led the Dutch division as CEO from 2008-2017 where he transformed the company from a traditional broadcaster into an all-round media and entertainment company.

Elmar Heggen, meanwhile, will add Deputy CEO duties to his remit while remaining CFO of RTL Group. In his new responsibilities, Heggen will acquire the portfolio responsibility for Groupe M6 and RTL Belgium within RTL Group’s executive committee.

“On behalf of the whole board, I would like to express a big thank you to Guillaume de Posch for his leadership at the helm of RTL Group since 2012,” said Thomas Rabe, chair of RTL Group’s board of directors, in a statement. “He has been key to transforming RTL Group into the most digital European broadcasting company, and to re-invigorating FremantleMedia’s creative drive.

“With Bert Habets, RTL Group will be led by a digitally savvy media entrepreneur with an exceptional in-house career development at RTL Group,” Rabe added. “I look forward to continuing our close collaboration, and wish him – as well as Elmar Heggen – every success in their positions.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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