Thomas Rabe Chairman Penguin Random House
Thomas Rabe Chairman, Penguin Random House
Member of the Bertelsmann Management SE Executive Board
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).
Markus Dohle CEO Penguin Random House
Markus Dohle CEO, Penguin Random House
Member of the Executive Board, Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA
As CEO of Penguin Random House since July 1, 2013, Markus Dohle leads the world's largest trade book publisher, with operations in 20 countries and sales into over 100. He oversees Penguin Random House’s worldwide publishing divisions, whose 250 editorially independent imprints publish 15,000 new adult and children’s fiction and nonfiction titles annually in English, German, Portuguese, and Spanish. Each year, Penguin Random House sells more than 700 million print, audio and e-books across the globe. Under Mr. Dohle, Penguin Random House’s mission is to foster a universal passion for reading by partnering with authors to help create stories and communicate ideas that inform, entertain, and inspire, and to connect them with readers across the globe. Penguin Random House’s worldwide roster of fiction and non-fiction writers includes many of the world’s most widely read and beloved authors, more than 60 Nobel Prize laureates, and over 100 Pulitzer Prize winners. Mr. Dohle’s entire professional life has been devoted to the support and service of authors, publishers, booksellers, and readers. Before the merger of Penguin and Random House in 2013, Mr. Dohle headed Random House, where he led the company’s transition to digital publishing while maintaining its world market leadership in print books. As a combined company, Penguin Random House now has more than 100,000 new and backlist books available digitally, and over 100,000,000 eBooks were sold worldwide in 2015. As a member of the Bertelsmann Executive Board, Mr. Dohle and his fellow Board colleagues are responsible for setting the strategic direction for one of the world’s foremost media companies. He began his career with Bertelsmann in 1994, rising quickly to several subsequent leadership positions. Additionally, Mr. Dohle is Chairman of the Association of American Publishers. He also serves as Executive Vice President of the PEN Board of Trustees, and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Book Foundation and the International Advisory Committee of the Atlantic Council.  
John Fallon CEO Pearson PLC
John Fallon CEO, Pearson PLC

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 General Counsel and Head of Legal Department Bertelsmann
Thomas Götz General Counsel and Head of Legal Department, Bertelsmann

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.

Bernd Hirsch CFO Bertelsmann
Bernd Hirsch CFO, Bertelsmann Bernd Hirsch joined Bertelsmann as Chief Financial Officer on April 1, 2016. Prior to this, Bernd was CFO of the publicly listed Symrise AG, a global company in the flavors and fragrances industry with annual turnover of €2.5 billion and operations in 50 countries, since 2009.  In the years 2001 to 2009, he held various management positions in the Carl Zeiss Group, in particular as CFO of Carl Zeiss Meditec AG. Bernd began his career in 1998, after training as a banker and studying economics in Würzburg, as an Audit Manager at Arthur Andersen in Stuttgart. Bernd was born in 1970 in Ellwangen.
Jim Johnston Penguin Random House
Jim Johnston Penguin Random House Jim Johnston was appointed Chief Financial Officer in September 2018.  In this dual global and U.S. role, Jim oversees the management and coordination of all fiscal planning, reporting, and analysis for Penguin Random House U.S. and provides financial leadership and support across all territories.  During his tenure, Jim has managed several initiatives dedicated to the continuous improvement of the systems that safeguard our company assets.  : Jim joined Random House in 1990 and subsequently became a valuable member of the Knopf Publishing Group, where he served as Director, Business Operations. In 2003, he was named Director of Worldwide Reporting and Planning. During the merger of Penguin and Random House, Jim guided the successful integration of the budgeting process and financial consolidation of the newly formed company.  : Previously, Jim worked at Scholastic for three years. He holds a Finance degree from Pace University, and lives in Connecticut.
Gail Rebuck Board Member Penguin Random House
Gail Rebuck Board Member, Penguin Random House

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 CFO Pearson PLC
Coram Williams CFO, Pearson PLC

Coram Williams has been Chief Financial Officer of Pearson since August 2015. He joined Pearson in 2003, and has held several senior positions, including finance and operations director for Pearson’s English Language Teaching business in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; interim president of Pearson Education Italia; and head of financial planning and analysis.

In 2008, Coram was appointed CFO of the Penguin Group, where he supported and advanced the company’s development as a global trade-book publishing leader, helping to guide its digital transition. A key contributor to finalizing the deal to merge Penguin and Random House, Coram was named CFO of Penguin Random House, upon its formation in July 2013, where he helped lead the integration of the two companies. He first served on the Penguin Random House Board in the latter capacity, until he left the publisher in mid-2015 to rejoin Pearson.