Media Moves

Guardian Media Group appoints two new board members

March 18, 2020

Posted by Mariam Ahmed

Guardian Media Group has named Anders Jensen and René Rechtman, two new non-executive members, to its board, effective immediately.

Jensen has more than 20 years of experience in the global media and telecom industry. He is also the president and CEO of Nordic Entertainment Group. Before that, he has held a number of senior positions including serving as senior executive vice president at TDC Group, holding the position of CEO at Telenor, the second largest mobile operator in Hungary and serving as chief marketing officer at Vodafone / Telenor in Sweden.

He is also a board member of the LA-based studio Picturestart and a member of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Jensen said, “I am delighted to join the GMG board. The Guardian is a brand I very much admire and respect, a modern media company with superb journalism supported by a culture of digital innovation. I look forward to contributing and supporting the business as a member of the board.”

Rechtman is co-founder and CEO of Moonbug, a global children’s entertainment company. Rechtman brings more than twenty years of experience in media, entertainment, and technology to the GMG board.

Previously, he was head of Non-Linear Media Networks at The Walt Disney Co. Prior to that, he was CEO of AOL BeOn, and SVP of AOL International. He also spent eight years at TradeDoubler, where he was instrumental in leading the company to a successful IPO in 2005.

Additionally, he has twice been listed on the Wired Europe Top 100 most influential list.

Rechtman added, “I am a long term reader of the Guardian, a fan of the Guardian brand and a supporter of quality journalism. So I am incredibly excited about the opportunity to join the GMG board and to support the leadership team as the Guardian continues with its digital transformation.”

“The GMG board continues to place high importance on supporting the business through the digital transformation of the global media sector. We are therefore delighted to appoint both Anders and René, who each have a first class strategic understanding and high level experience of leading digital businesses through periods of rapid transformation and growth,” Neil Berkett, chair of GMG concluded.


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