Board of Directors

Irene Braam

Irene Braam joined the Bertelsmann Foundation as executive director in April 2016. She is also the first vice president and board director of the Bertelsmann Foundation Board of Directors.

Braam is an experienced lawyer and media expert, and worked for over ten years with the Bertelsmann...

Aart De Geus

Bertelsmann Foundation President and CEO Aart De Geus studied law at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. After his graduation, he completed a course in labor law at the University of Nijmegen.

Starting in 1980, Mr De Geus worked for the Christelijk Nationaal Vakverbond (CNV), a trade-union...

Fred Kempe

Fred Kempe has held the position of president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council since December 2006. Under his leadership, the Atlantic Council has achieved significant growth while considerably expanding its staff, work and influence in areas that include international...

Liz Mohn

Following the death of her husband, Reinhard Mohn, Liz Mohn represents the fifth generation of the Bertelsmann and Mohn founding families. She is the vice-chair of the Bertelsmann Stiftung Board and heads the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition, which she initiated. In addition, she...

Gunter Thielen

Gunter Thielen has been chairman of the board of the Walter Bluechert Foundation since 2012.

Dr. Thielen worked for Bertelsmann from 1980 to 2012, transforming the company’s former printing and manufacturing division into Arvato AG, a cutting-edge media and communications service provider...

Wilhelm-Friedrich Uhr

Wilhelm-Friedrich Uhr has been with the Guetersloh, Germany-based Bertelsmann Stiftung since 2003. He joined as senior vice president for human resources and organization, and became in 2013 senior vice president for corporate operations.

Prior to joining the Stiftung, Mr Uhr was...