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Aug 20 – Aug 26, 2012 Edition Bertelsmann Has New Legal Name, All Else As Is
Gütersloh, August 21, 2012 Bertelsmann, the international media company that owns Random House in the US, will from now do business as Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA. The change of legal form from Aktiengesellschaft (stock corporation) to Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien (KGaA; partnership limited by shares) with a SE (Societas Europaea) as general partner was completed with the entry in the company register.
The conversion was an identity-preserving change of legal form, wherein the Groups ownership structure and corporate structure remain unchanged. Nor does it change anything for the employees.
Bertelsmann is an international media company whose core divisions encompass television (RTL Group), book publishing (Random House), magazine publishing (Gruner + Jahr), and services (Arvato) in some 50 countries. In 2011, the companys businesses, with their more than 100,000 employees, generated revenues of 15.3 billion. Bertelsmann stands for a combination of creativity and entrepreneurship that empowers the creation of first-rate media, communications, and service offerings to inspire people around the world and to provide innovative solutions for customers.