17 AUG 2022

RTL Deutschland has a new management board

Thomas Rabe will be Chairman of the Management Board of RTL Deutschland, as Co-CEO Stephan Schäfer to step down from the Management Board. Andreas Fischer was named Chief Operating Officer.


Thomas Rabe


RTL Group is reorganising the Management Board of RTL Deutschland. Matthias Dang (Co-CEO), Alexander Glatz (CFO), and Oliver Radtke, who is responsible for the overall coordination of the combination of RTL Deutschland and Gruner + Jahr (G+J), will manage RTL Deutschland, along with Andreas Fischer. Fischer, Executive Vice President (EVP) Business Development at RTL Group, joins the Management Board as Chief Operating Officer (COO). Thomas Rabe, CEO of Bertelsmann and RTL Group, takes over as Chairman of the Management Board of RTL Deutschland.

“I look forward to working even more closely with my colleagues at RTL Deutschland in the future. There are exciting tasks and great challenges ahead of us, which we will tackle together. I would like to thank Stephan Schäfer for his dedication to Gruner + Jahr and RTL Deutschland. He provided a lot of impetus to both companies, including the combination of RTL Deutschland and G+J, the repositioning of the RTL brand, and the further development of RTL’s programming. I am pleased that he will continue to support us in an advisory capacity,” Thomas Rabe stated.

Stephan Schäfer, previously Co-CEO of RTL Deutschland, is stepping down from the Management Board on the best of terms and is leaving the company. He will remain associated with RTL in an advisory capacity. “I would like to thank Thomas Rabe for his trust and our teams in Cologne and Hamburg for their support over the past years, during which we have achieved a great deal together for G+J, RTL, and Bertelsmann. As a unified company, RTL Deutschland and G+J are in a good position to become national media champions in Germany. I look forward to accompanying them on this path in an advisory capacity,” Schäfer said.

Thomas Rabe, Chairman of the Bertelsmann Executive Board since 2012 and additionally CEO of RTL Group since 2019. “We have defined clear priorities for the months ahead: We will actively manage the business in an increasingly challenging environment, further strengthen the management team, continue to expand the streaming service RTL+, and complete the combination of RTL Deutschland and G+J,” Rabe added.