Bert Habets to Replace Anke Schaferkordt as Co-CEO of European TV Giant RTL Group

Anke Schaferkordt - H 2015
Courtesy of Anke Schaferkordt

Anke Schaferkordt - H 2015

She will continue as CEO of the company's largest business unit, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, and as a member of the executive board of RTL's majority shareholder Bertelsmann.

Bertelsmann-controlled European TV giant RTL Group said Wednesday that co-CEO Anke Scheferkordt, will leave her current role at her own request, effective April 19.

Bert Habets, currently CEO of RTL Nederland, will become the new co-CEO alongside co-CEO Guillaume de Posch.

Schaferkordt will continue to be the CEO of the company's largest business unit, Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, which she has led since September 2005. She will also continue to serve as a member of the executive board of Bertelsmann, RTL Group's majority shareholder.

The company, whose businesses include The X Factor and Got Talent producer FremantleMedia, said it expects to announce a new CEO of RTL Nederland before the end of 2017.

Said RTL Group chairman Thomas Rabe: "On behalf of the whole board, I would like to thank Anke Schaferkordt for her outstanding entrepreneurial performance at the head of RTL Group. Together with her colleagues on the executive committee, she has succeeded in making RTL Group more digital, more international and faster growing."

He added: "While I regret her decision, I fully respect her reasons and I’m very happy that she will continue to lead and advance our largest business unit — and that she will continue to contribute her unique experience
and expertise to the digital transformation of our group."

Rabe added: "To a large extent, RTL Group’s Iong-lasting success is based on the quality, continuity and experience of its management team. I am delighted that we have found, in Bert Habets, a strong leader and digitally savvy media entrepreneur from within the group."

He added: "Since Bert Habets joined our group in 1999, he has proven his outstanding leadership and creative skills. He transformed RTL Nederland from a traditional broadcaster into a media company, which entertains its audience across all digital platforms. Bert Habets embodies RTL Group’s total video strategy."

Schaferkordt said: “I would like to thank the whole management team at RTL Group, and above all Guillaume de Posch and [CFO] Elmar Heggen, for the close and trustful collaboration over the past five years. From our comprehensive strategic review in 2012 to the IPO of RTL Group in Frankfurt/Main in 2013 and our push into online video and advertising technology, leading and re-positioning RTL Group has been a fantastic experience for me. Now is the right time for me to focus fully on further advancing our German TV and digital operations and contributing to the strategic development of Bertelsmann."