Wössner, Mark - from Germany

ID: 240761
Organization: GLB
Country of meeting: in the year 2018

Manager. From 1983 to 1998, Wössner was Chairman of the Executive Board of Bertelsmann AG (now SE & Co. KGaA), based in Gütersloh. Among other things, he was a member of the supervisory boards of Daimler AG and Loewe AG, chairman of the Deutsche Bank advisory board and a member of the executive committee of the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

At the age of 30, he became Bertelsmann's management assistant. In 1970 he became Technical Operations Manager and in 1974 Managing Director of Europe's largest offset printing company Mohndruck. In 1976, Wössner became a member of the Bertelsmann AG Executive Board, responsible for the Printing and Industrial Operations Division. In 1983, he became Chairman of the Executive Board.

Wössner diversified the original book club business and systematically expanded Bertelsmann AG into one of the world's leading media houses, particularly through acquisitions in the USA. He acquired the music company RCA Records for Bertelsmann, the publishing house Doubleday and the Random House publishing group, as well as the skyscraper 1540 Broadway on Times Square in New York.

The entry into electronic media such as RTL and Premiere and the formation of Europe's largest broadcasting group, CLT-UFA, were also strategically important. In this way, Wössner developed Bertelsmann into the largest media group in the world and one of the leading companies in the FORTUNE ranking of the "most admired companies" in the world. In May 1997 he received the Leo M. Goodman Award of the American Chamber of Commerce, in 1998 the CICERO Speaker Award.


Activities in the Orangization:
Board Member