Change: There have been some changes in the boards of directors of Austrian companies this year. Whoever comes where at the helm, whoever quits.
There will be new senior management at VIG and Strabag in 2023.
Board of Directors New year, new job – In 2023 there will be some personnel changes at the helm of local companies and executive boards. Some since the beginning of the year, others over the course of the next few months. At construction giant Strabag, for example, Klemens Haselsteiner officially took over as CEO on January 1st. He succeeds Thomas Bertel, who has retired. The 42-year-old Hasselsteiner is the son of Strabag’s old boss Hans Peter Hasselsteiner Thus, it belongs to the royal family. He has been with the group since 2011 and is a proven digitization expert.
The Vienna Insurance Group (VIG) is scheduled to change hands in July. Longtime CEO Elisabeth Stadler is retiring due to retirement age, which she will reach in 2021. She hands it over to current deputy Hartwig Luger. The 56-year-old insurance expert has been on the board of VIG since 2021. He used to work for Uniqa competitor for many years before leaving Sebastian Curtis He became Minister of Finance. On April 1, Sabine Pfeffer will become a new member of the board of directors of Uniqa Austria and will be responsible for the Raiffeisen Versicherung brand. She succeeds Klaus Pekarek, who is retired.
Hartwig Löger will lead the VIG group from July
Something is also going on on the executive floors of local banks. As of March, Claudia Susenbacher has become a new member of the board of directors of Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien. The 45-year-old manager comes from Erste Group and Erste Bank and has extensive experience in digitization projects, among others. Sabine Booth started as Chief Human Resources Officer at Erste on January 1st. It comes from Deutsche Telekom and its subsidiary, Magenta. In September, Claudia Holler from Tiroler Sparkasse joined the Board of Directors of BKS Bank. She will be responsible for risk management there. Dieter Böckmann, currently at Erste Bank, will move to the Board of Directors of BKS Bank in the middle of the year, where he will take responsibility for the digital agenda.
There are also changes at OMV, which is aligning its strategy for the post-oil and gas era toward chemicals and the circular economy. At the end of 2022, Johan Bleninger prematurely resigned from the board of directors. He is succeeded by Reinhard Fleury, CFO on a temporary basis – until Berislav Jasow comes in as the new Energy Director in March. As of February 1st, Daniela Vlad will be OMV’s new board member in charge of chemicals.
At the beginning of 2023, Christoph Andexlinger takes over the management of Spar SES shopping centers. The 51-year-old has been with Spar Group for a long time.
Since January 1, Monika Hasselbacher has been COO of Vienna-based high-tech company Frequentis. Nico Reiner has been Lenzing’s new CFO since January 1st.
On May 1, Beatrix Praeceptor will transition from Mondi Packaging and Paper to President of Greiner Packaging.
Siemens Austria also got new management this year, as spring approaches the era of long-term General Manager Wolfgang Hesson (in office since 2010). The successor has not yet been decided. Hassoun, who will turn 63 in February, will remain as an advisor.
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