John Makinson has served as the Chairman and CEO of the Penguin Group, the international publishing company, for the past eleven years. Prior to that—between 1996 and 2002—he was the Finance Director of Pearson, Penguin's parent company.
John's career has included journalism and investor relations both in London and abroad. From 1994 to 1996, he was the managing director of the Financial Times, where he was responsible for the production, distribution, and marketing of the newspaper worldwide.
He moved to the Financial Times from Makinson Cowell, the firm he cofounded and ran from 1989 to 1994. Makinson Cowell is a specialist independent consultancy that advises leading international companies on their relationships with the financial community.
John is Chairman of the National Theatre, in London, as well as a director of the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization.
From 1986 to 1989, he held the position of vice chairman of Saatchi & Saatchi's U.S. holding company.
John began his career as a journalist after graduating from Cambridge with honors in history and English. He was hired at Reuters, where he remained from 1976 to 1979, working in the London, Paris, and Frankfurt offices. He next moved to the Financial Times, between 1979 and 1986 working as a journalist, then becoming editor of the Lex column and Financial Editor.
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Prior to his appointment as CEO of Penguin Random House, effective July 1, 2013, Markus Dohle was chairman and CEO of Random House, a position he'd held since June 1, 2008. Markus has also been an Executive Board member of Bertelsmann, Europe's largest media group, from that date.
Markus began his career at Bertelsmann in 1994 as Assistant to the Managing Director of Bertelsmann Distribution GmbH, Bertelsmann Medien Service GmbH, and Vereinigte Publishing (VVA). From 1995 to 1998, he was Vice President at VVA, Germany's largest book distributor. From 1998 to 2002, as Head of VVA and Vice President, Bertelsmann Medien Service GmbH, Markus led the company, which provides services to more than two hundred publishers. From 2000 to 2002, he was Managing Director, Media Sales and Logistik GmbH (MvL), then Managing Director of Verlegerdienst Muenchen GmbH, Munich.
In 2002, Markus became the head of the largest printing group in Europe, as CEO of the Mohn Media Group. In 2006, he was appointed to the Executive Board of Arvato AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann.
Born in Arnsberg, Germany, in June 1968, Markus studied industrial engineering and management at the University of Karlsruhe (TH). He completed his studies with a degree in industrial engineering.
John Fallon became Pearson's CEO on January 1, 2013, succeeding Marjorie Scardino. Since 2008, John has been responsible for the company's education businesses outside North America and a member of the Pearson management committee. He joined Pearson in 1997 as director of communications and was appointed President of Pearson Inc., a role he combined with his communications responsibilities, in 2000.
In 2003, he was appointed CEO of Pearson's educational publishing businesses for Europe, the Middle East , and Africa (EMA), and gradually took on a broader international education brief. Prior to joining Pearson, John was Director of Corporate Affairs at Powergen PLC, where he was also a member of the company's executive committee. Earlier in his career, John held senior public policy and communications roles in local U.K. governments.
Thomas Götz has been General Counsel and Head of the Legal Department since the beginning of 2014.
He graduated from the University of Bayreuth with a doctorate in law in 1999. A year earlier, during his studies, he had already joined Bertelsmann’s Corporate Legal department as an in-house lawyer.
As Senior Vice President of Mergers and Acquisitions, from 2007 he was primarily responsible for managing strategic M&A projects. Since 2009, Thomas has supervised the M&A unit as Co-Head.
Thomas was born 1971 in Regensburg.
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Judith Hartmann joined Bertelsmann in October 2012 as CFO, returning her to the media business after an earlier stint at the Walt Disney Company.
Judith's career began at Disney in Paris in 1997; she was Senior Auditor, Disney Consumer Products, prior to her appointment as Head of Finance, Disney Consumer Products Europe, at the Walt Disney Company in Paris, France, two years later.
In 2000, Judith left Disney for GE Healthcare Europe in Buc, France, where she served as Project Manager, Six Sigma. In 2002, she was appointed Senior Analyst at GE Healthcare and went to Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2004, she was promoted to CFO, GE Healthcare Clinical Systems, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Three years later, Judith returned to Europe, continuing in her CFO position at GE. She was based in Brussels and Vienna as CFO of GE Water Europe, Middle East and Africa. In 2009, she was appointed CFO of GE Healthcare Latin America in Sao Paulo, the Brazilian business capital. She then held the same position at the GE Group Germany, in Frankfurt am Main, from 2011, until joining Bertelsmann the following year.
Born in Austria in 1969, Judith graduated from the Economic University of Vienna, Austria, with a master's degree in international business administration and a doctorate in economics.
Director, Corporate Finance and Strategy, and Company Secretary, Pearson PLC
Phil Hoffman is Director of Corporate Finance and Strategy and Company Secretary at Pearson PLC. Phil is responsible for the strategy, development, and corporate finance activities of Pearson PLC. He is a member of the Pearson Management Committee.
From 2000 to 2002, Phil was chairman and CEO of the Learning Network; prior to that, he was President of Pearson Inc. and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer of the Penguin Group. Before joining Pearson, Phil held various financial and management positions in the transportation industry; he started his career as a consultant with Price Waterhouse. Phil is a lawyer and a CPA.
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Thomas Rabe has been Chairman and CEO of Bertelsmann since January 1, 2012. He was the company's CFO for the preceding six years, based in Guetersloh, having previously served as CFO of Bertelsmann's RTL Group, Europe's largest TV, radio, and production company, based in Luxembourg.
Thomas joined RTL in 2000. Prior to that, he worked at the Directorate-General for Financial Institutions and Corporate Law, European Commission, Brussels, in 1989; a year later, he became an associate in the Forrester Norall & Sutton law firm (now White & Case), also based in Brussels.
In 1991, Thomas joined the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin, where he was appointed Director of Controlling in 1993. Later in the year, he became Head of Acquisitions at New Laender, a Berlin-based investment company. In 1996, he left to join Clearstream International, and two years later he was appointed to its Board of Directors as CFO.
Thomas was born in Luxembourg in August 1965. After graduating from the Ecole Européenne in Brussels, he studied economics at the RWTH Aachen and the University of Cologne. Bertelsmann's CEO has a degree in business administration (MBA) and a doctor of economics (Dr. rer. Pol).
In 1998, Gail Rebuck took over the management of Random House U.K. as Chair and CEO. Prior to the acquisition of Random House by Bertelsmann that year, Gail had already been at the helm of Random House U.K. since 1991.
Gail started her publishing career in 1975 as a production assistant; in 1979, she moved to the Hamlyn Group as publisher. She cofounded Century Publishing three years later; that company went on to merge with Hutchinson before being acquired in 1989 by Random House, Inc.
In December 2011, Gail was appointed to the Bertelsmann Group Management Committee, which advises and assists the Executive Board on important matters of corporate strategy and corporate development and other group-wide issues.
A lifelong advocate of literacy, Gail is a trustee of the National Literacy Trust and chairs the Quick Reads adult literacy initiative, part of the World Book Day charity, which she colaunched. She is also Chair of the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Chair of the Council of the Royal College of Art.
Gail was voted Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year in 2009; was awarded CBE in 2000; became a Dame in 2009 and was appointed to the House of Lords in 2014.
Coram Williams was formerly CFO of the Penguin Group. He was appointed to that position in April 2008, after working as Head of Financial Planning and Analysis for Pearson since September 2005.
Coram was previously Finance and Operations Director for Pearson Education's English Language Teaching business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (ELT EMA), responsible for the finances of two U.K. divisions, four operating companies, and two regional offices across that area.
During this time, he also served as Interim President of Pearson Education Italia. Prior to this, his first role in Pearson PLC was Financial Strategy and Planning Manager for Pearson Education U.K.
Coram began his professional career at Autocar, a British motoring magazine, as a news reporter and road tester. He then joined Arthur Andersen; this move led to positions of increasing responsibility for Arthur Andersen Business Consulting and Arthur Andersen Worldwide.
A graduate of Christ Church, Oxford, Coram also holds an MBA from London Business School. He is married and resides in New York.
Lauren Zalaznick has devoted her 30-year career to transforming the cultural media landscape, having served most recently as Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal.
During her 12-year tenure at NBCUniversal, she held a variety of leadership positions, including President of TR!O network, President of Bravo Media, President of NBCUniversal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks (including Oxygen and Telemundo), and EVP and Chairman of Entertainment & Digital Networks and Integrated Media.
Lauren has been increasingly compelled by the intersection of content, technology and data as a means for substantial business growth and has been widely recognized as an industry pioneer. She was awarded the Brandon Tartikoff Lifetime Achievement award by the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) in 2014 and was a 2013 inductee into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Her exceptional business acumen and accomplishments have also earned her a place among Fortune's "50 Most Powerful Women," Time's "100 Most Influential People," and Vanity Fair's "New Establishment."
She currently publishes The LZ Sunday Paper, a widely read and influential newsletter about women in business, media, and culture.
Lauren began her career as an independent film producer after having earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Brown University, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of Shazam, Penguin Random House, and the industry trade group NATPE and is also a Trustee of the Corporation of Brown University.