Direct Group

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DirectGroup Bertelsmann GmbH
Industry Media
Founded 2000
Headquarters Gütersloh, Germany
Key people
Fernando Carro, CEO
Products Media clubs
Revenue Increase 1.245 billion (2009)
Parent Bertelsmann

DirectGroup Bertelsmann was a division of Bertelsmann AG and operated book sales clubs, online shops, bookstore chains and publishers in 8 countries when it was disbanded as a division in 2011.

Its more than 15 million customers have generated sales of €1.245 billion in 2009. The company was formed in July 2000 and was led by CEO Fernando Carro.


The Direct Group Executive Board consisted of:

  • Fernando Carro (Chief Executive Officer)
  • Gerd Bührig (Executive Vice President)
  • Niklas Darijtschuk (Chief Financial Officer)
  • Jörg Hagen (French-speaking countries)