John de Mol shuffles execs at Talpa
CFO Mark Ramakers to be replaced by Pieter LandmanCOLOGNE, Germany -- John de Mol has reshuffled the executive deck at his Dutch Talpa Media group.
Current Talpa CFO Mark Ramakers will step down at the end of the month, to be replaced by Pieter Landman, a veteran Netherlands numbers man who has held executive positions at several global firms including web analytics group Nedstat.
Talpa's new management team will look like this: president and founder de Mol will handle development and production of new content; CEO Pim Schmitz is in charge of strategy for the entire company and the further development of Talpa's national and international operations; COO Leon Schouten will handle day-to-day business at Talpa both in the Netherlands and in cross-border joint ventures.
De Mol, who is credited with inventing reality TV with his hit format "Big Brother," set up Talpa as a holding group for all his media activities. Based in Laren, the Netherlands, the company develops and produces and distributes TV formats and has minority stakes in several TV and radio broadcasters, including around 26% of the RTL Nederland network.
Last month Talpa announced a deal to set up a 50/50 joint production venture with Shine Group's French operations to deliver formats for Europe's French-speaking markets.