Long-time RTL Group executive Anke Schäferkordt is departing after 27 years with the company, the last 13 of which were spent as CEO of the group’s German division, RTL Deutschland.
Schäferkordt will mark her exit on Dec. 31. She will be replaced by Bernd Reichart, the current managing director of Vox, as CEO of RTL Deutschland. The company said Reichart’s successor as MD of Vox will be announced in “due course.”
“After more than 27 years with RTL, leaving the company is not an easy step,” said Schäferkordt in a statement. “Given our very strong management team and the clear strategic direction we have jointly developed over many years, I believe that a swift transition is in the best interest of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.”
Schäferkordt began her career with RTL in 1991, taking over the controlling department the following year. Between 1993 and 1995, she was a director in charge of the corporate planning and controlling division for RTL Television. In 1995, she joined RTL-owned broadcaster Vox as CFO and, from 1997 onward, also as program director.
From 1999 until 2005, Schäferkordt was CEO of Vox before being appointed to the role of chief operating officer and deputy CEO of RTL Television in February 2005 and then as sole CEO. From April 2012 to April 2017, Schäferkordt was additionally co-CEO of RTL Group, sitting alongside Guillaume de Posch.
Reichart, meanwhile, joined the RTL Group in 2004 via its Spanish commercial broadcaster Antena 3 where he first served as head of investor relations. From 2007 to 2013, he was MD of multichannel at Antena 3 with responsibility for five free-TV channels. He has been MD of Vox since February 2013 and is a member of the management team of Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland.
“Under [Reichart's] leadership, Vox has made a huge leap into the first league of German TV channels,” said RTL Group CEO Bert Habets. “Bernd combines outstanding programming skills, management capabilities and international experience which he has demonstrated in various executive positions within our group.”