Curriculum vitae

  • Creation date: 25 March 2015
  • Last update: 27 March 2015

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Josef Krenner

Obervisnitz 64
4224 Warberg/Aist
Phone: (+437236) 3810



Date and place of birth: 15th June 1952, Hagenberg im Mühlkreis
Nationality: Austrian


1972 – 1976:
Johannes Kepler University Linz, degree in law

1963 – 1971:
Grammarschool, Freistadt


2000 – 2015:
Finance director in the office of the state government of Upper Austria

1976 – 1999:
Office of the state government of Upper Austria, executive committee

Other supervisory board mandates
  • B&C Industrieholding GmbH
  • AMAG

Dr. Veit Sorger

Woltergasse 1
1130 Vienna
Phone: + 43 1 79013 - 4002
Fax: + 43 1 79013 961



Date and place of birth: 10.06.1942, Graz
Nationality: Austria


Studied law at the Universities of Vienna, Graz and Uppsala (Dr.ju.) and economics at the Vienna University of Business Administation


Since 2004:
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mondi AG

1993 - 2004:
CEO of Frantschach AG and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Neusiedler AG (both now Mondi AG)

Deouty CEO of Frantschach AG

Member of the Management Board of Frantschach AG

1987 - 2009:
CEO of Europapier AG

1982 - 1987:
General Manager of the Salzer Paper and Plastics Group

Joined the Salzer Group (paper industry), first working on the development of plastics production, subsequently assuming responsibility for paper mill sales and wholesale business

1967 - 1970:
Position as assistant to the CEO in the insurance industry (Interunfall AG)


Since 2011:
Chairman of the University Council at the Vienna University of Technology, Vienna

2004 - 2012:
President of the Federation of Austrian Industries

2004 - 2008:
Vice-President of BUSINESSEUROPE (Confederation of European Business, formerly UNICE)

2000 - 2004:
Vice-President of the Federation of Austrian Industries (IV)

Other Supervisory Board Mandates
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mondi AG (formerly Mondi Packaging AG and Mondi Business Paper Holding AG)
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Constantia Industries AG and Semperit AG
  • Member of the Supervisory Boards of Lenzing AG, GrECo, Binder

Dr. Felix Strohbichler

Schmiedingerstraße 7
A-5102 Anthering
Phone: +43 664 1560151



Date and place of birth: 27.05.1974, Salzburg
Nationality: Austria


May to November 2013: training course in systemic coaching at the European Systemic Business Academy Vienna

October 2010 to January 2011: academic course in turn-around management at Georg-Simon-Ohm-Management-Institute Nuremberg, Germany

2003: Accelerated Development Programme/London Business School, Great Britain: four-week training course in leadership, business administration and strategic skills

2002: four-week training course in financial controlling, St. Gallen, Switzerland

January 1998: degree of Doctor of Laws, University of Salzburg

December 1996: Final degree / Master of Laws, University of Salzburg

Summer term 1995: studies of international law at the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France

June 1992: graduation from high school (Borromaeum Salzburg)

  • Palfinger AG
    November 2010 to May 2015: General Manager Europe/Middle East/Africa/Australia,

    Palfinger AG/Palfinger EMEA GmbH, Salzburg

    Management holding role for all business units of the Palfinger group in the abovementioned regions (loader cranes, recycling- and timber cranes, railway applications, hookloaders, tailgates, truck mounted forklifts, aerial work platforms, distribution Germany)

    Turnover responsibility: € 688 Mio (2014)

    December 2003 to October 2013: Managing Director, Palfinger Europe GmbH, Salzburg; focus on sales, product management, marketing, after sales service, finance/controlling, steering of sales subsidiaries
    Turnover responsibility: € 305 Mio (2013)

    January to December 2010: overall responsibility for the Palfinger hookloader division (Guima Palfinger S.A. in France); restructuring and turnaround of the business

    Turnover responsibility in 2010: € 42 million

    December 2003 to December 2009: overall responsibility for the Palfinger tail-lift division; acquisition and integration of Ratcliff Palfinger Ltd. in England and MBB Palfinger GmbH in Germany (2005/2007)
    Turnover responsibility in 2009: € 60 Mio

    November 2000 to December 2003: Head of Legal Department

  • Law firm Dr. Vogler, Salzburg
    May 1998 to November 2000: Associate

  • Regional Court Salzburg
    May to July 1997, November 1997 to April 1998: Trainee Lawyer

  • University of Salzburg
    October 1996 to December 1997: Assistant Lecturer for criminal law

Other Supervisory Board Mandates
  • Palfinger Europe GmbH, chairman of the supervisory board (until May 2015)

Helmut Bernkopf

Carl Reichert-Gasse 8
A-1170 Vienna
Phone: +43 50505 44000



Date and place of birth: Born on 10th May 1967 in Vienna, Austria
Nationality: Austria


Master´s degree in Business Administration

1987 – 1994:
University of Economics, Vienna


Since January 2013:
Member of the Management Board of UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Senior Executive Vice President, Head of Commercial Banking

Aug. 2011 – Dec 2012:
Global Head of Private Banking of UniCredit S.p.A., Milan
Senior Executive Vice President
Member of Business Executive Committee, UniCredit Group

Sept. 2008 – July 2011:
Member of the Management Board of UniCredit Bank Austria AG
Executive Vice President, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking Austria, UniCredit Group 

2007 – 2008:
UniCredit Bank, Russia (former International Moscow Bank)
Deputy Chairman
Acting Chairman of the Management Board (Oct. 2007 – July 2008)

2005 – 2006:
Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG
General Manager, Head of CEE Division

2001 – 2004:
HVB Bank Romania S.A. (former Bank Austria Creditanstalt)
Deputy Chairman

2000 – 2001:
Bank Austria Creditanstalt Romania S.A.
Executive Director, Head of Corporate Banking

1997 – 2000:
Bank Austria Creditanstalt International, London Branch
Assistant Director, Head of Loan Syndications

1994 – 1997:
Bank Austria AG, Manager, Corporate Finance

Other Supervisory Board Mandates
  • Bausparkasse Wüstenrot AG
  • BWA Beteiligungs- und Verwaltungs-AG
  • card complete Service Bank AG
  • Österreichische Kontrollbank AG
  • Schoellerbank AG

Dr. Astrid Skala-Kuhmann




Date and place of birth: 07.09.1953 Vienna/Austria
Nationality: German


Second State Examination of Law, Hamburg, admission to the bar at Frankfurt/Germany

Ph.D. in International Environmental Law, (magna cum laude),
University of Göttingen/Germany

First State Examination of Law, Göttingen/Germany

1972 – 1977:
Law School, University of Göttingen/Germany

1973 – 1974
Study year abroad, University of Geneva/Switzerland

Baccalaureate, Käthe-Kollwitz-Gymnasium, Hannover/Germany 


Since 2012:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GmbH, Berlin/Germany, Director, Department Emerging
Economies – Global Partnerships, Member of Executive
Management Committee

2005 – 2011:
Country Director, Chief Representative, GIZ Beijing, People´s Republic of China

2001 – 2004:
Special advisor to the Federal Ministry for Consumer Protection
Agriculture and Forestry (BMVEL)

1993 – 2000:
Permanent advisor to GIZ sector programme International
Forestry, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank

1985 – 1992:
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
GmbH, Eschborn, various positions, legal advisor Jakarta/Indonesia (1986)

1981 – 1985:
Attorney at law, associated with the international law firm
White & Case (Feddersen, Laule & Partners) in Frankfurt/Germany

1979 – 1981:
Junior judge at Supreme Court, Hamburg as part of the bar exam education
with special assignment at law-firm Sargent, Röhm, New York/USA

1976 – 1979:
Research fellow at the Institute for International Public Law, University of Göttingen/Germany

Other Supervisory Board Mandates
  • Semperit AG Holding