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  • Audit Committee

    The Audit Committee is composed of non-executive directors, two of whom are independent.

    James Singh *

    Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group
    Chairman of the Audit Committee

    James Singh, born in 1946, holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Windsor, Canada. He is a CPA (Canada) and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).

    James Singh joined Nestlé Canada as Financial Analyst in 1977 and served the company in various executive positions until 2000 when he was appointed Senior Vice President, Acquisitions and Business Development, in Nestlé SA’s headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland. He was a member of the Executive Board and Chief Financial Officer of Nestlé SA from 2008 to 2012. He retired on 31 March 2012 after a distinguished 35-year career with Nestlé.

    James Singh previously served as Chairman of the Finance Committee of the European Round Table, and is a member of the International Integrated Financial Reporting Standard Committee.

    He is also a Director of Great West Life Assurance, Director of the American Skin Association, and Chairman of CSM Bakery Ingredients Ltd. On 1 April 2019, he was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group.

    Martin Taylor *

    Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group
    Chairman of the Nomination and Compensation Committee of RTL Group

    Martin Taylor, born in 1952, began his career as a financial journalist with Reuters and the Financial Times. He then joined Courtaulds PLC, becoming a director in 1987, then Chief Executive of Courtaulds Textiles PLC on its demerger in 1990. He moved to Barclays PLC in 1993 as Chief Executive, a post he held until the end of 1998. From 1999 to 2003 he was Chairman of WH Smith PLC, and from 1999 to 2005, International Advisor to Goldman Sachs. From 2005 until 2013, he was Chairman of the Board of Syngenta AG.

    He has done various pieces of work for the British Government and served for five years as a member of its Council for Science and Technology. In April 2013, he was appointed an external member of the Financial Policy Committee of The Bank of England. Appointed as independent non-executive Director in July 2000 (when RTL Group was created), he took over the responsibilities of Vice-Chairman of the Board in December 2004. On 1 April 2019, Taylor Martin was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of RTL Group.

    Thomas G?tz

    General Counsel Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA

    In April 2015, Thomas G?tz was appointed as Non-Executive Director to RTL Group’s Board of Directors for a term of office of three years, to expire at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2017 accounts. In April 2018, the Annual General Meeting renewed the appointments of G?tz for a term of office of three years expiring at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2020 accounts.

    Thomas G?tz, born in 1971, has been General Counsel at Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA since January 2014. From 2009 to 2013, he was Co-Head of Mergers and Acquisitions at Bertelsmann. Prior to this he worked for two years as Senior Vice President Mergers and Acquisitions. Thomas G?tz graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a doctorate in law in 1999. A year earlier, during his studies, he joined Bertelsmann’s Corporate Legal department as an in-house lawyer.

    Bernd Hirsch

    Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA

    On 20 April 2016, Bernd Hirsch was appointed as Non-Executive Director to RTL Group’s Board of Directors for a term of office of two years, to expire at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2017 accounts. In April 2018, his term of office was renewed for three years expiring at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2020 accounts.

    Bernd Hirsch, born in 1970, has been Chief Financial Officer at Bertelsmann SE & Co KGaA since 1 April 2016. Bernd Hirsch most recently served as CFO at the global supplier of fragrances and flavorings Symrise AG. Since December 2009, his responsibilities at the MDAX-listed company included the accounting, controlling, finance, treasury, investor relations and risk management departments. Prior to joining the Symrise management board, Hirsch worked for seven years at the Carl Zeiss Gruppe. A business graduate, he began his career at the auditing firm Arthur Andersen in Stuttgart.

    Jean-Louis Schiltz*

    Tech Law Advisor
    Professor (hon.)

    On 19 April 2017, Jean-Louis Schiltz was appointed Non-Executive Director to RTL Group’s Board of Directors for a term of office of one year, to expire at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2017 accounts. In April 2018, the Annual General Meeting renewed the appointments of Shiltz for a term of office of three years expiring at the end of the Ordinary General Meeting of Shareholders ruling on the 2020 accounts.

    Jean-Louis Schiltz, born in 1964, holds a post graduate degree (DEA) in business law from the University of Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne. He has also been teaching at his alma mater in the early 1990’s.

    From 2004 to 2009, Jean-Louis Schiltz was a Cabinet minister in Luxembourg. His portfolios included media, telecommunications, technology (IT and internet in particular), international development and defense. Jean-Louis Schiltz is a tech law advisor, a partner at Schiltz & Schiltz (avocats) and a Professor (hon.) at the University of Luxembourg. His work focuses on Technology (TMT, FinTech, internet), Regulatory as well as M&A and Finance.

    He is a regular speaker at tech law conferences and has authored and co-authored a number of articles and reports in the field over the last years. He continues to do so. Jean-Louis Schiltz serves on the boards of a number of companies and non-profit organisations. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU).

    * Independent Director

    Mission

    The Audit Committee shall have the authority to take all action to carry out the tasks and to co-operate with the external independent auditors and organise and supervise the internal control of the Company.

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