Chief Executive Officer – Relias
Kay Kraft was appointed to Bertelsmann’s Group Management Committee (GMC) effective January 1, 2016 and has been CEO of the Bertelsmann Education Group (BEG) since it was founded in September 2015. In addition to his responsibilities at BEG, he has taken on the role of CEO of Relias, one of the larges companies in the BEG portfolio. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice President New Business at Bertelsmann, responsible for Education, University Ventures, BDMI, and Business Information.
From 2009 to early 2014, Kraft served as Chief Investment Officer at BMG and sat on its Management Board, helping to turn the music company from startup to the industry’s global number four. Before joining BMG, he had headed the Bertelsmann’s M&A department since 2006. From 2000 to 2005, the business administration graduate was a partner at the consulting firm Deloitte, after career stations that included working at the Treuhandanstalt in Berlin and KPMG.