Meet our leadership team
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Edith Hlawati was appointed CEO of ÖBAG on February 1, 2022. She is an experienced business lawyer with a key focus on stock corporation law, capital markets, M&A as well as corporate governance. Prior to joining ÖBAG, Edith was a Senior Partner at CERHA HEMPEL Rechtsanwälte, one of the largest corporate law firms in Austria. She holds a doctorate degree from the University of Vienna and is a registered attorney. As a leading lawyer, she has typically accompanied numerous capital market transactions such as IPOs, capital increases, and takeovers of major Austrian companies. Moreover, she has advised the state-owned investment holding for more than 30 years. As a supervisory board member, Edith had a distinguished career spanning more than 35 years. Edith chairs the supervisory boards of two ÖBAG portfolio companies, Telekom Austria AG and Österreichische Post AG.
Stefan Fürnsinn is Executive Director of ÖBAG and brings in 20 years of strategic and operational management experience. After starting his career in R&D, Fürnsinn worked for the management consultancy McKinsey, the last four years of which as global partner, with a focus on process industries, life sciences, technology, as well as food and agriculture. Thereafter, Stefan joined the Norwegian crop nutrition company Yara to build up their global digital farming division, spanning e-commerce, IoT, data & analytics solutions, and digital subscription services. Prior to joining ÖBAG, he was CEO of the food-tech company Herbeus Greens. Stefan Fürnsinn studied chemical engineering at Vienna University of Technology and at Aston University, and earned a master in international business from the University of Vienna. He holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering.
Robert Stajic serves as Executive Director of ÖBAG. Robert began his career at the management consultancy McKinsey, with a focus on operational transformation in the process industry. During his time at OMV, Robert was responsible for strategy development in the upstream division and held a significant role in the transformation office. In 2018, Robert led the strategy development and transformation program at Semperit AG. Robert completed his studies at the Vienna University of Technology and has an MBA from the IESE Business School.
Aakriti Chandihok heads the legal and compliance department at ÖBAG. Prior to joining ÖBAG she gained international work experience both in legal practice as well as in management consulting and focuses both on corporate and capital markets law as well as sustainability and governance. Aakriti is qualified to practice law in Austria and New York and completed her studies at the University of Vienna and holds an LL.M. degree from Columbia Law School.
Martin Holzinger heads the ÖBAG operations team. He brings 15 years of experience across strategy consulting and M&A, with a focus on the financial services industry in Austria and CEE. In addition to his legal studies, he completed an M.B.A. at Nyenrode University (NL) and Kellogg University (US). He holds supervisory board positions at BIG and its subsidiary ARE, as well as at APK.
Head of Corporate and Capital Markets Communications
Michael Mauritz heads ÖBAG’s communications agendas. He brings 25 years of experience in various management functions at Erste Group Bank AG. During his time at Erste Group, he gained experience both in internal and external communications as well as in sponsoring. Michael invariably accompanied numerous capital market transactions and headed the Public Affairs Department of the banking group. Prior to joining ÖBAG, Michael worked as an independent communications advisor. He holds a degree in business administration (Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration) and has worked as a journalist for “Vorarlberger Nachrichten” and “Industrie”.
Supervisory board of Österreichische Beteiligungs AG
ÖBAG‘s supervisory board consists of six independent board members and three employee representatives of the three largest companies by revenue under ÖBAG’s ownership.
CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
Günther Ofner was elected chairman of the supervisory board at the Annual General Meeting 2022. Over many years, he has been holding various executive board positions in listed and private companies. He gained in-depth management expertise in numerous sectors including energy, telecoms, real estate and real estate development, infrastructure, logistics and financial services. Currently, Ofner is a member of the executive board of Flughafen Wien AG. In addition, he’s been holding various supervisory board functions over many years. Currently, he’s a member of the supervisory boards of HYPO NÖ Landesbank (Chairman), Wiener Städtische Versicherungsverein (Dep. Chairman) and Austro Control GesmbH (Dep. Chairman).
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
Susanne Höllinger is Managing Director of SHE Advisory E.U., a consulting company with a focus on corporate and financial advisory. Previously, she was CEO of Kathrein Privatbank AG between 2013 and 2018. Before joining Kathrein Privatbank, she worked in various functions at Erste Bank AG starting in 2006, where she was ultimately appointed Head of Private Banking. Susanne holds a master’s degree in economics and a Ph.D. in health management and is currently a member of various advisory committees. In addition to her work as Chair of the Audit Committee of ÖBAG, Susanne is Chair of the Supervisory Board of Vienna Airport, Chair of the Lower Austrian State Health Agency, Deputy Chair of FIBEG, Chair of the Board of Forum Morgen Privatstiftung and Board Member of Sepp Michelfeit Privatstiftung.
DEPUTY CHAIRMAN OF THE SUPERVISORY BOARD
Karl Ochsner is majority shareholder and CEO of Ochsner Wärmepumpen GmbH. After joining the family business – founded in 1872 – in 2008, he transformed the company into an international technology leader with approximately 500 employees. Karl holds several managing director positions within the group. Before joining the company, he worked for Xerox in Germany for nine years, e.g. as general manager and member of the management team.
SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Michael Höllerer has been Chief Executive Officer of Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien and Raiffeisen-Holding NÖ-Wien since March 2022. Prior to that, Michael Höllerer was Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI). Before his appointment to RZB’s management board, he was, among other things, managing director of Raiffeisen Capital Management. In 2018, Höllerer joined the management board of Raiffeisen Bank Polska in Warsaw and was responsible for the sales transaction as well as the establishment of the RBI branch. He also worked as department head at the Financial Market Authority and then became a member of the cabinet of the Federal Minister of Finance where he was responsible for banks, insurance companies and capital markets until mid-2012.
SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Iris Ortner took over management of the IGO Industries group in 2013. IGO Industries is an international group of technology companies, a leader in technical building equipment and industrial plant construction. Iris was a project manager in Poland between 1997 and 2000. Before that, she worked as a consultant at Siemens Management Consulting in Germany and the US between 2002 and 2003. Iris graduated from ETH Zurich with a degree in mechanical engineering and holds an M.B.A. from INSEAD (Fontainebleau). She currently holds supervisory board positions at Liechtensteinische Landesbank LLB, PORR, UBM and ELIN.
SUPERVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Caroline Toifl is a self-employed attorney and tax advisor who runs her own consulting companies, which are specialized in advising, representing and defending clients in tax and white-collar crime proceedings as well as in compliance and liability prevention. Caroline Toifl studied law in Vienna and Sydney and worked as a university assistant at the Institute of Finance Law at the University of Vienna, where she also completed her doctoral thesis. She gathered her professional experience in internationally renowned tax and law firms as well as in the Cabinet of the Austrian Ministry of Justice. In addition to her professional activities, Caroline Toifl is a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee and the Disciplinary Board of the Austrian Chamber of Tax Consultants and Auditors, as well as a board member of the Society of Tax Consultants and Auditors (ÖGSW) and of the Hubert Hahnekamp Privatstiftung.
Richard Köhler is works council representative at Österreichische Post AG where he has worked since 1984. In 2010, he was elected to the Central Committee of the Works Council and has since been active in many areas of staff representation. In 2021, he became managing director of the Federal Trade Union of Postal and Telecommunications Employees. He has been chair of the Central Committee of the Works Council since 2022. He is a member of the Supervisory Board of Österreichische Post AG.
Werner Luksch serves as employee representative at Telekom Austria. He has been working with the company in various positions since 1988 and has been a union member for many years. Since 2017, he has served as Chairman of the central committee of Telekom Austria. Werner is a member of the supervisory board of A1 Telekom Austria and APK.
Nicole Schachenhofer is a member of the Supervisory Board of OMV AG and is also Chairwoman of the Employees’ Council of OMV Austria Exploration & Production GmbH. Schachenhofer studied petroleum engineering at the University of Leoben and has been with OMV AG since 2010. She is a member of the Supervisory Board at APK Pensionskassen AG and OMV Austria Exploration & Production GmbH.