Anders Jensen and René Rechtman join Guardian board

Guardian Media Group has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors to the GMG board, with immediate effect.

Anders Jensen and René Rechtman join Guardian board
Anders Jensen (on the left) and René Rechtman

Anders Jensen has more than twenty years’ experience in global media and telecoms businesses, and is President and CEO of Nordic Entertainment Group (NENT Group), the leading streaming service provider in the Nordics with interests across SVOD, television, radio and content production. NENT Group is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm. He previously held senior roles in telecoms businesses including TDC Group, Telenor and Vodafone.

René Rechtman is an experienced leader of digital content and advertising businesses, and is CEO of Moonbug Entertainment, a digital media business focused on children’s entertainment and headquartered in London, which he founded in 2018. He was previously President of International for Maker Studios, and, after its acquisition by The Walt Disney Company, head of non-linear media there. Earlier in his career he co-founded and held leading roles with a number of fast-growing digital businesses, including Goviral (acquired by AOL in 2015) and Tradedoubler (listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange in 2005). He also sits on the board of leading Danish media company JP/Politikens Hus.

Neil Berkett, chair of GMG, said: “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.”

Anders 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.”

René Rechtman said: “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.”

Guardian Media Group is wholly owned by The Scott Trust Limited, which exists to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity.