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Wienerberger Management

Find out more about our management: an overview of the supervisory board of Wienerberger AG.

The Wienerberger AG Managing Board © Daniel Hinterramskogler

The Wienerberger Managing Board

The managing board of Wienerberger AG makes strategic decisions and performs high-level functions. This team consists of four members: the managing director Heimo Scheuch is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the Wienerberger Group. The financial director Gerhard Hanke is responsible for company finances, Procurement, IT & Digitization and Performance Management. Solveig Menard-Galli, Chief Operating Officer WBS, is in charge of Wienerberger Building Solutions and Harald Schwarzmayr is the Chief Operating Officer for Wienerberger Piping Solutions.

Heimo Scheuch

Heimo Scheuch, CEO Wienerberger AG © Daniel Hinterramskogler

CEO Wienerberger AG

Managing Director
Appointed until 31st December 2025, born 1966 – Austria 

Heimo Scheuch is responsible for the strategic and operational development of the company. Thanks to his many years of industry and management experience and his strong focus on ESG, digitalization, innovation and growth, he has succeeded in leading the Group onto a successful growth course.

Heimo Scheuch is a truly international manager, having studied and worked in various countries. He obtained several university degrees in law and economics and began his professional career in corporate finance. Since he was appointed Group CEO on August 1, 2009, he has focused on implementing a set of strong corporate values within the organization. His international experience enabled him to develop Wienerberger into a leading international provider of smart solutions for the entire building envelope and for infrastructure. Speaking six languages and being in constant contact with customers, stakeholders and employees helped him to foster a strong local presence and encourage the need for transformation and innovation. 

Functions in material subsidiaries:

  • Managing Director of Wienerberger West European Holding GmbH

Other functions:

  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Wiener Börse AG
  • President of Association of Vienna Stock Exchange Issuers
  • Senior Vice President of Construction Products Europe

Gerhard Hanke

Gerhard Hanke, CFO Wienerberger AG © Daniel Hinterramskogler

CFO Wienerberger AG

Member of the Managing Board
Appointed until 29th February 2024, born 1971 – Austria

Gerhard Hanke took over the position of Wienerberger AG Chief Financial Officer (CFO) on 1st March 2021. He is responsible for company finances, Procurement, IT & Digitization and Performance Management.

Gerhard Hanke has successfully held a variety of leadership positions – very often combining responsibilities in Finance and Operations – in the Wienerberger Group for more than 20 years, most recently as COO Region East/Central of the Business Unit Wienerberger Building Solutions. As an experienced manager with excellent industry and financial know-how, he successfully implemented strategic growth projects and managed M&A transactions. Among other things, he was responsible for the integration of Tondach Gleinstätten into the Wienerberger Group. In addition, he has an excellent track record in building highly effective financial organizations. Before joining Wienerberger, the business economist worked for a leading international accounting firm.

Solveig Menard-Galli

COO Wienerberger Building Solutions 

Member of the Managing Board
Appointed until 31st May 2025, born 1969 – Austria

Solveig Menard-Galli has held the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wienerberger Building Solutions (WBS) since July 2020. In her previous position of Chief Performance Officer (CPO) she was responsible for the Group’s performance-enhancing and digitalization measures. She was highly successful in implementing the Fast Forward program and the associated transformation process.

Solveig Menard-Galli studied economics and obtained a Master Degree in Controlling, Strategic Management, Marketing and International Management at the University of Klagenfurt, where she also held teaching assignments. She attended international study courses, e.g. at Fontainebleau (INSEAD) and in Hawaii, where she obtained a Certificate of International Management. She began her career with the Heineken Group and its subsidiaries, where she was appointed Finance Director of Heineken Netherlands in 2011. Subsequently, she assumed executive positions at L’Oreal Austria. Solveig Menard-Galli began her career with Wienerberger as CFO of the Clay Building Materials Europe Division.

Harald Schwarzmayr

COO Wienerberger Piping Solutions

Member of the Managing Board
Appointed until 30th June 2023, born 1969 – Austria

Harald Schwarzmayr was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Wienerberger Piping Solutions (WPS) in July 2020. Harald Schwarzmayr is an experienced manager with excellent industry know-how. Since 1997, he has held various executive positions within the Wienerberger Group and implemented numerous strategic growth projects and M&A transactions in the course of his 23-year career. 

Harald Schwarzmayr was instrumental in developing Wienerberger UK into a leading provider of products and services for the entire building envelope and making the UK one of Wienerberger’s largest markets. In his capacity as CEO of Wienerberger Piping Solutions, which he has headed since 2018, he took important strategic steps in developing the Business Unit into one of the leading suppliers of piping systems in Europe. Thanks to his outstanding leadership skills, he succeeded in advancing operational and cultural improvements in a multinational environment. Before he joined Wienerberger, the graduate in mechanical engineering worked as a management consultant.

Wienerberger Supervisory Board

The supervisory board of Wienerberger AG consists of 11 members: 8 shareholder representatives, voted in at the AGM and 3 employee representatives delegated by the worker’s council. The supervisory board is independent. The business activities of the board are governed by Austrian law, the Austrian Corporate Governance Code, the Articles of Association, the procedural rules of the Supervisory Board and any internal guidelines.

Peter Steiner
Chairman 
Independent, born 1959, Germany, appointed until the 157th AGM (2026), first elected: June 14, 2018

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Member of the Board of Directors, Chairman of the Audit Committee, and Member of the Nomination Committee of Clariant AG, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zeal Network SE

Other mandates
None

Career 
1985: Degree in Business Administration from the Universities of Cologne and Mannheim,1985-1989: Arthur Andersen (Frankfurt/Chicago), 1989 tax advisor, 1990 certified public accountant; from 1991 Member of the Managing Board of SÜBA Freie Baugesellschaft mbH & Co KG responsible for finance, controlling and foreign business; 1995 CFO of SÜBA Bau AG, 1998 CFO of Dyckerhoff AG, 2001 Member of the Board (COO) of Dyckerhoff AG and Chairman of the Managing Board of Dyckerhoff Zement GmbH; 2002 Chief Executive Officer of Dyckerhoff AG; 2004 Member of the Board and CFO of mg technologies ag (renamed Gea Group AG); 2006 Partner at One Equity Partners. Since 2012: Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), tax advisor, business consultant with a focus on M&A, financing and investment management

 

Dr. Myriam Meyer
Vice-Chairwoman
Independent, born 1962, Switzerland, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 22, 2015

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Member of the Supervisory Board of KUKA AG

Other mandates
Member of the Supervisory Board of Lufthansa Technik AG, Member of the Board of Directors of Bedag Informatik AG, Member of the Board of Trustees of the Swisscontact Foundation, Member of the Industry Advisory Board of ETH Zurich/ Department of Mechanical Engineering

Career
1987 Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at ETH Zurich, 1994 Ph.D. in Technical Sciences at ETH Zurich, 1994-2001 Vice-President Swiss Air Flight Operations and Member of the Executive Committee, General Manager of SR Technics, 2002-2005 Vice-President Global Human Resources & Organization Development of F. Hofmann La Roche and Member of the Executive Committee of Roche Consumer Health, 2005-2008 CEO and Member of the Executive Committee of RUAG Group, 2009-2010 Group CEO of WIFAG-Polytype Holding, since 2011 Founder and Managing Partner of mmtec

 

Thomas Birtel
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1954, Germany, appointed until the 157th AGM (2026), first elected May 3, 2022

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Chairman of the Management Board of STRABAG SE Austria (until the end of 2022); Chairman of the Supervisory Board of STRABAG AG, Germany

Other mandates
Member of the Supervisory Board of three companies of VHV Insurance; Member of the Advisory Boards of Deutsche Bank AG and HDI Globale SE; Chairman of the Executive Board of CONCORDIA Sozialprojekte Stiftung Deutschland; Member of the Executive Board of CONCORDIA Sozialprojekte gemeinnützige Privatstiftung Vienna

Career
1978 Study of Economics and Law (exam as Diplom-Ökonom), Ruhr-University of Bochum; 1982 Research fellow/doctoral studies scholarship from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (studied tax law at Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen) Doctorate in Economics (Dr. rer. oec.)

1983-1989 Klöckner & Co., Germany Division Manager Klöckner Industrieanlagen GmbH (Accounting/Business Administration, NonGerman Markets); 1989-1996 Frigoscandia, Sweden Chairman of Management Board of Frigoscandia Holding GmbH, Duisburg, Member of Group Management of Frigoscandia AB, Helsingborg (Sweden); Since 1996 STRABAG AG, Germany: 1996 –2002 Member of the Management Board of STRABAG Hoch- & Ingenieurbau AG; 2002 –2013 Member of the Management Board of STRABAG AG; Since 2014 Chairman of the Supervisory Board of STRABAG AG; Since 2006 STRABAG SE, Austria: 2006 –2013 Member of the Management Board; Since 2013 CEO

 

David Davies
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1955, United Kingdom, appointed until the 156th AGM (2025), first elected: May 19, 2017

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Petrofac Ltd

Other mandates
None

Career
1975-1978 Studies in economics at the University of Liverpool, 1986-1988 MBA Program at the Cass Business School in London, 1978-1981 Chartered Accountant at Touche Ross & Co., 1981-1983 Senior Auditor at Price Waterhouse Sa., 1983-1988 various positions at BOC Plc. (Internal Auditor, Finance Manager BOC Special Gases, Financial Controller BOC Health Care - Disposable Products Division), 1988-1994 various positions at Grand Metropolitan Plc (1988-1989 Commercial Director - Retail Enterprises Division, 1989-1991 Finance Director - European Restaurant Division, 1991-1994 Corporate Controller - Burger King Corporation), 1994-1997 Vice President at Walt Disney Company - The Disney Store Europe, 1997- 2000 Group Finance Director at London International Group Plc, 2000-2002 Group Finance Director at Morgan Crucible Plc, 2002-2016 Member of the Executive Board (CFO) and Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board at OMV AG

 

Marc Grynberg
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1965, Belgium, appointed until the 157th AGM (2026), first elected May 3, 2022

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Member of the Supervisory Board and Climate Director at Nexans SA; Member of the Supervisory Board at UmicoreNV/SA (from 2023)

Other mandates
None

Career
1988 Commercial Engineer (Wirtschaftsingenieur) from the Solvay Brussels School Economics and Management (Université Libre de Bruxelles); 1988-1989 Misui Bank, Belgium foreign exchange trader; 1989-1996 Du Pont de Nemours Various management positions in Brussels and Geneva; Since 1996 Umicore, Belgium: 1996–2000 Group Controller; 2000-2006 Chief Financial Officer; 2006-2008 Executive Vice President in charge of the Catalyst business (Germany); 2008-2021 Chief Executive Officer 

 

Peter Johnson
Member of the Supervisory Board
Not independent since May 13, 2020 according to declaration of independence in terms of the Austrian Corporate Governance Code, born 1947, United Kingdom, appointed until the 156th AGM (2025), first elected: May 12, 2005

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Chairman of the Board of Directors of Electrocomponents plc until January 31, 2021

Other mandates
Chairman of the Remuneration Committee of St. Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

Career
1965-1970 Studies in Economics at Oxford University, 1970-1973 Unilever P, 1973-1996 various senior positions at Redland plc; among others, Director responsible for the brick and roof tile business from 1988-1996, 1996-2000 CEO of Rugby Group plc, 2000-2006 CEO of George Wimpey plc, 2007-2012 Chairman of the Board of Directors of DS Smith plc

 

Regina Prehofer
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1956, Austria, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 13, 2011

Mandates in publicly listed companies
First Deputy Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of AT&S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik AG

Other mandates
Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of Förderung & Begleitung GmbH (non-profit), Member of the Supervisory Boards of SPAR Holding AG and SPAR Österreichische Warenhandels-AG, Member of the Supervisory Board of 6B47 Real Estate Investors AG, Member of the Board of Karlheinz und Agnes Essl Privatstiftung, Member of the Advisory Board of “venture-capital-Initiative” and “aws Kapitalgarantie Covid 19”, Member of the Conference of Presidents of the Austrian Red Cross, Member of the Committee of Shareholders of Vamed Engineering GmbH, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Body of Wiener Gesundheitsverband (until December 31, 2021)

Career
1974-1980 Studies in business and law in Vienna, 1981-2010 Career in the Austrian banking industry; among other positions, Member of the Managing Board of Bank Austria Creditanstalt AG from 2003-2008 and Member of the Managing Board of BAWAG P.S.K. from 2008-2010, 2011-2015 Vice-Rector for Financial Affairs and Infrastructure at the Vienna University of Economics and Business

 

Oswald Schmid
Member of the Supervisory Board
Independent, born 1959, Austria, appointed until the 154th AGM (2023), first elected: May 6, 2019

Mandates in publicly listed companies
Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors of Bekaert NV

Other mandates
Founder and owner of Sinigual Consulting GmbH

Career
1983 Degree in mechanical engineering in Vienna, 1984-1990 procurement and sales responsibility at Semperit AG Holding, 1990-1994 Head of Sales at Continental AG, 1994-1995 Head of Material Management at Group level at RHI AG (formerly Veitsch-Radex), 1995-2002 various executive positions at Continental AG, from 2002 to 2017 various management positions and CEO Schindler Austria (2007-2010) and CEO Schindler Germany (2010-2013), 2017-2018 CEO Kalle Group

Gerhard Seban
Austria – delegated for the first time: February 3, 2006
Chairman of the Employees’ Council at the Hennersdorf plant in Austria, Chairman of the Central Works Council of Wienerberger Österreich GmbH, the Group Works Council and the European Works Council of Wienerberger AG

Claudia Schiroky
Austria – delegated for the first time: July 2, 2002
Chairwoman of the Works Council and the Central Works Council of Wienerberger AG, Vice-Chairwoman of the Group Works Council

Wolfgang Wallner
Austria – delegated for the first time: May 6, 2019
Vice-Chairman of the Group Works Council, Foreman and worker works council at Pipelife Austria GmbH & Co KG

Supervisory Board

 

Peter Steiner

Chairman

Myriam Meyer

Vice-Chairwoman

Audit and Risk Committee

 

 

 

 

David Davies

Chairman

Regina Prehofer

 

Oswald Schmid

 

Marc Grynberg

 

Gerhard Seban*

 

Nomination Committee

 

 

 

 

Peter Steiner

Chairman

Myriam Meyer

 

Peter Johnson

 

David Davies

 

Gerhard Seban*

 

Remuneration Committee

 

 

 

 

 

Peter Steiner

Chairman

Regina Prehofer

 

Peter Johnson

 

Marc Grynberg

 

Thomas Birtel

 

Gerhard Seban*

 

Sustainability & Innovation Committee

 

 

 

 

Myriam Meyer

Chairwoman

Marc Grynberg

 

Thomas Birtel

 

Gerhard Seban*

 

As underlined during the 150th Annual General Meeting on May 6, 2019, the Supervisory Board of Wienerberger AG is committed to a transparent procedure of selecting candidates for the Supervisory Board in line with the highest possible standards of corporate governance. A structured process of succession planning is in place on the basis of a detailed profile, which is supported by a renowned external consultant company.

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