Anke Schäferkordt
Germany

Anke
Schäferkordt

In April 2017, Schäferkordt stepped down from the co-CEO role atop the RTL Group opposite Guillaume de Posch but remained at the helm of the German division Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland, which comprises the group’s six free-to-air TV stations (RTL, VOX, NTV, RTL NITRO, Super RTL and RTL II) and a growing number of digital niche outlets and online video sites. 

She began her career at RTL parent Bertelsmann in 1988 and later headed the controlling department at RTL Television before moving as an executive to affiliate VOX, where she eventually served as CEO between 1999 to 2005. Flagship channel RTL Television remains the most watched commercial broadcaster in Germany with its mix of local hit shows like “Gute Zeiten, schlechte Zeiten” and “Alarm für Cobra 11” and U.S. series such as “Bones” and “Shades of Blue.” 

In addition to her other responsibilities, Schaeferkordt was also a member of the executive board at Bertelsmann and served on the supervisory board of Groupe M6 in France, likewise part of RTL Group. She left her position at the end of 2018.

Career

  • RTL Television
  • Vox Media

Education

  • University of Paderborn (Germany)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • Achievement in International Television
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Longtime RTL Exec Anke Schäferkordt Steps Down

Longtime RTL Exec Anke Schäferkordt Steps Down

Anke Schäferkordt, the former co-CEO of media giant RTL Group, is stepping down as chief of the group's Germany division and exiting the company after nearly three decades. Schäferkordt will leave RTL on Dec. 31.The company said Schäferkordt's departure was a mutual and amicable decision. Bernd Reichart, the current managing director of the German channel Vox, will succeed Schäferkordt as CEO of RTL Deutschland."After more than 27 years with RTL, leaving the company is not an easy step," Schäferkordt said. "Given...

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Q&A

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your career?

“I received so much unsolicited advice about career planning, networking, being a role model as a female executive that I figured out that sometimes it’s best to stay true to yourself and just be who you are. I’ve never played a role and I am not a tactician. I am who I am and I express what I think.”

What or who inspires you?

“I love my job, and I love coming to work every day, because I am inspired by all the amazing people at Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland and RTL Group. Our success – both in terms of audiences and financials – is teamwork.”

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