RTL Nederland Appoints New CEO

LUXEMBOURG/HILVERSUM, 12-Jun-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — RTL Group today announced the appointment of Sven Sauvé (43) as new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RTL Nederland, effective 1 July 2017. Sven Sauvé, currently Chief Operating Officer (COO) of RTL Nederland, will succeed Bert Habets who has been Co-CEO of RTL Group since 19 April 2017.

Bert Habets said: “I am delighted that we have found, in Sven Sauvé, an experienced and dynamic executive from within our Group to lead RTL Nederland into its next phase. Sven combines business acumen, leadership skills and a distinct sense for future developments. He is deeply familiar with RTL Nederland and the Dutch media landscape and has been a key force in defining and implementing RTL Nederland’s consumer-focused strategy of delivering first-class local content across all linear and non-linear platforms. I am very much looking forward to continuing our close and trustful collaboration in a new constellation and wish him lots of success in his new role.”

As CEO, Sven Sauvé will chair RTL Nederland’s Executive Management team, currently consisting of Vivienne de Leeuw (Chief Financial Officer), Matthias Scholten (Chief Content Officer), Ton Rozestraten (Chief Commercial Officer) and Giovanni Piccirilli (Chief Technology Officer). In his new role, Sven Sauvé will report to Bert Habets, Co-CEO of RTL Group. Over the coming months, Bert Habets and Sven Sauvé will work closely together to ensure a seamless management transition.

Sven Sauvé joined RTL Nederland in January 2007 as Business Director of RTL Nederland Productions, building up the company’s newly launched in-house production unit. From March 2009 to September 2012, he was Business Director TV at RTL Nederland, being responsible for all business, HR and legal affairs of the unit’s linear free-to-air TV channels. Since September 2012, Sven Sauvé has been COO of RTL Nederland, being in charge of the financial management, content acquisition and operational processes for all linear TV channels and non-linear video platforms of RTL Nederland. In this position, he has also been the Managing Director of RTL Nederland’s subscription on-demand platform Videoland.

Before joining RTL Nederland, Sven Sauvé held executive positions at the production companies Endemol Nederland (2002 to 2005) and Eyeworks Holding (2005 to 2007). He holds a master’s degree in Business Economics with a specialisation in Strategic Management from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam.


About RTL Group
RTL Group is a leader across broadcast, content and digital, with interests in 59 television channels and 31 radio stations, content production throughout the world and rapidly growing digital video businesses. The television portfolio of Europe’s largest broadcaster includes RTL Television in Germany, M6 in France, the RTL channels in the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Croatia, Hungary and Antena 3 in Spain. RTL Group’s families of TV channels are either the number one or number two in eight European countries. The Group’s flagship radio station is RTL in France, and it also owns or has interests in other stations in France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Luxembourg. RTL Group’s content production arm, FremantleMedia, is one of the largest international creators, producers and distributors of multi-genre content outside the US. With operations in 31 countries, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network is responsible for approximately 12,000 hours of programming a year and distributes over 20,000 hours of content worldwide. Combining the catch-up TV services of its broadcasters, the multi-platform networks BroadbandTV, StyleHaul and Divimove as well as FremantleMedia’s more than 260 YouTube channels, RTL Group has become the leading European media company in online video. RTL Group also owns a majority stake in the programmatic video advertising platform SpotX. For more information, please visit RTLGroup.com and follow RTL Group on Twitter @rtlgroup.

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Oliver Fahlbusch
Executive Vice President
Corporate Communications & Marketing
RTL Group
T.: +352 / 24 86 5200

Kim Koppenol
Manager Corporate Communication & Brand Strategy
RTL Nederland
T.: +31 / 35 671 85 97


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