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December 20 – December 27, 2007 Edition
Family Member Brigitte
Mohn To Supervisory Board
Gütersloh/12/17/07–Brigitte Mohn, a shareholder in Bertelsmann Verwaltungsgesellschaft (BVG) and a member of the Bertelsmann Stiftung executive board, was elected to the Supervisory Board of Bertelsmann in an extraordinary general meeting of Bertelsmann AG, with effect from January 1, 2008. Dieter Vogel, Chairman of the Bertelsmann AG Supervisory Board, stated: Brigitte Mohn stands for continuity through the family and the companys commitment to social responsibility. The Supervisory Board looks forward to a mutually trusting cooperation for the benefit of the company.
Brigitte Mohn (43) represents the sixth generation of the Bertelsmann/Mohn owning families. After studying politics, art history and German language and literature at the Universities of Bamberg, Münster and Augsburg, she went on to earn a doctorate from the University of Witten/Herdecke, a private university. In 2001, she additionally earned an MBA from the noted WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management and Kellogg Institute in the U.S.
Her career has taken her to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, to the US publishing companies Bantam, Doubleday and Dell in New York, to McKinsey in Hamburg and the Pixelpark multimedia agency in Switzerland. In 2001, Brigitte Mohn took over the chair of the German Stroke Aid Foundation (SDSH) from her mother, SDSH founder Liz Mohn. In 2005, she was appointed to the Bertelsmann Stiftung executive board, where she is in charge of the Tertiary Sector and Health units. Brigitte Mohn has also been a BVG shareholder since 2002.
Bertelsmann is an international media company encompassing television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), music (BMG), media services (Arvato), and media clubs (Direct Group) in more than 60 countries. Bertelsmanns claim is to inspire people around the world with first-class media and communications offerings entertainment, information and services and occupy leading positions in its respective markets.
The foundation of Bertelsmann’s success is a corporate culture based on partnership, entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and corporate responsibility. The company strives to bring creative new ideas to market and create value.
Bertelsmann is comprised of the television channels, television production companies, and radio stations of Europe’s largest entertainment group, RTL Group (RTL Television, M6, Five, Fremantle Media), and the more than 120 publishing houses of Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher (Alfred A. Knopf, Bantam, Goldmann). Gruner + Jahr is Europe’s number one magazine publisher (Stern, Geo, Neon, Capital). The Sony BMG joint venture in the BMG division is synonymous with creativity and strong international music brands (Beyoncé, Dixie Chicks, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera). The Arvato media and communications services division brings together distribution, service centers and customer-relationship management, state-of-the art printing manufacturing, storage media production, mobile services, and comprehensive IT services. Bertelsmann’s direct-to-customer businesses are unified within the Direct Group: book, DVD, and music clubs (Der Club, France Loisirs), as well as book retailers in France and Portugal.