Report by Benedikt Dalkmann
Benedikt Dalkmann attended the first Bertelsmann event, which was named TMM in 2008. Today, he is the Assistant to chief Digital Officer Thomas Hesse in the Corporate Development department at Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA in Gütersloh.
This event – which in 2008 was still called Talent Meets Media – was simply fantastic. The workshops were stimulating, the social program was a lot of fun, and the participants were fun, curious and open-minded right from the start. Those two days played a crucial role in my personal development. I was inspired by the many facets of Bertelsmann and the entrepreneurial mindset of the executives whom I came in contact with. It was truly an enlighting experience, and helped me realize how much I wanted to be involved in the issues and challenges facing Bertelsmann. So after TMM was finished, I accepted an internship at Corporate Development in Gütersloh – which was the workshop group I had participated in at TMM, and am now an associate there.
What happened afterwards:
After TMM, I completed my studies and managed two international M&A projects through a student-run business consulting organization I had founded. Since I am particularly interested in digital business as it relates to the Internet, I joined the Holtzbrinck publishing group as a management assistant, working for Holtzbrinck Digital and Holtzbrinck Ventures. I have continued to stay in touch with Bertelsmann since TMM. I have had regular contact with colleagues at Corporate Development, and of course I have followed developments at Bertelsmann with great interest. At the beginning of this year, I finally decided to accept a job in Gütersloh – and am very happy that I made that choice.
What I’m doing now:
At Corporate Development, my current responsibilities include helping to develop Bertelsmann’s overall strategy, preparing for meetings of the Bertelsmann Executive Board, and analyzing new business opportunities in defined and new growth platforms and regions.