During the General Meeting of 27 May, Anouk Mertens (48) was officially appointed as director of Mediahuis NV. Anouk succeeds Robert Ceuppens who has been a member of the Mediahuis supervisory board since its inception in 2014.
The career of Anouk Mertens started in 1998 and largely took place in the media industry. From 2006 until 2015 she held leadership roles with cable operator Telenet and media company Sanoma in Belgium. In 2015 she launched ELEVEN Sports Belgium and became Managing Director of the media company that manages various sports-related television channels. Since then, she was promoted COO of the international ELEVEN Sports Group and most recently became the ELEVEN Group Head of Studios. In 2019, Anouk Mertens launched NEO Studios, an award-winning production studio and subsidiary of ELEVEN Sports, where she holds the position of Global CEO. Anouk is also a director at the Flemish Audiovisual Fund (VAF, Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds).
Gert Ysebaert, CEO Mediahuis group commented: “Anouk’s many years of experience and knowledge of the media, combined with a large dose of entrepreneurship, will be of added value to our group and our further growth. At the same time, I would like to sincerely thank Robert Ceuppens for his support and commitment during this past 8 years. As a Mediahuis pioneer, Robert believed in the future potential of our group and, as a director, he has helped to build the path we have taken to date.”